WHAT GOT ME STARTED
This will be a quick one - I just wanted to note down one really and truly fond memory that got me started on my path as a filmmaker:
Rewind many, many years, to the year 1996 (I did the math) to a small town in the Italian Alps, where a young boy had just discovered that this very small town had transformed one of the multi purpose rooms in the town hall, into a library. Most importantly though, it featured VHS tapes!
I hurried over to my buddies house and rang the bell, as you did back then. Shortly after we stormed the new library and the rumors were true! In the back, me and my buddy, came across one bookshelf filled with VHS tapes. It was like Christmas!
We pulled a whole bunch of them, as many as we could carry! At the check out, the lady denied us the fun though, she noted that we could only get one at a time but she would allow us two.
So back we went to the shelves. We laid them all out in front of us and began sorting through them. We had never been faced with such a difficult choice in our lives.
Finally we settled on the following, Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino and a horror flick from which I only remember one specific scene: The lead actress took a bath in this old school bathtub and all of a sudden, out of nowhere, hands appeared, grabbed her, and pulled her inter water to drown her. The tag line of the film was, in fact, “You’ll never look at your bathtub the same way” - they got that right!
But back to it, bringing the movies up to the counter was not as smooth as we had thought. The librarian was not amused at all, looking at our film selection, she did not think that this was a good assortment for such young boys! Let me tell you, it took a lot of convincing from our ends and there was nobody else there who needed her attention, she had all the time in the world to argue with us!
Long story short, we got the films, ran home to my place and began watching what, to date, would be one of the most thrilling and exciting movie watching experiences.
Pulp Fiction is one of those movies that just goes under your skin. It’s so good, it’s almost not real. And believe me, I had no idea what was going on with the time cuts and non-linear story telling in that movie, at the time. I could not comprehend what was going on, all I can tell you is that I thought it was absolutely amazing!
Weeks would go by and my buddy and I would still be talking about that film. What an experience.
But most importantly, that was the first moment, in that diner scene, when Pumpkin and Honey Bunny plan their robbery, that I thought to myself, “I wish I could do that.”
You might not be a fan of Mr. Tarantino and his work but he is a craftsman like very few of them. As I thought to myself then, “I wish I could do that”, the same thing keeps running through my brain today as a filmmaker, just in a different context.
Oh, and if anybody knows that horror flick that I was talking about, let me know! I might rewatch it!
All my best,