There Will Be Blood: Jacob T. Swinney’s Tarantino series concludes with a lot of red

By on May 24, 2015

We’ve previously featured one of filmmaker and video essayist Jacob T. Swinney’s very cool supercut edit projects, a beautifully lyrical supercut of first and final frames, a five-minute juxtaposition of the images from 55 of our favorite films. More recently he’s concluded his Quentin Tarantino 4-part supercut series highlighting four specific areas found in QT’s films, and the fourth and final installment — a supercut of violent and bloody scenes set to the songs “Stuck In The Middle With You” (from Reservoir Dogs) and “Unchained” (from Django Unchained)  — is decidedly not for the squeamish, and there’s a bit of bad language too, so that’s why we’re tagging it as slightly NSFW.


We pulled Swinney’s owns comments from his Vimeo page below.


Swinney: “Out of all of the trademarks that define Tarantino’s style, the filmmaker may be most recognized for his gratuitous use of blood and violence. The excessive bloodshed often seems to serve as a tribute of sorts to a style or genre of filmmaking (Japanese cinema, Westerns, etc.), but according to Mr. Tarantino himself, he indulges in the red liquid simply because ‘it’s so much fun’ (see end of video). Here is a look at some of Quentin Tarantino’s bloodiest moments.”


Swinney: “Though better known for his famous ‘trunk shots’, Quentin Tarantino takes a fun and unique approach to filming his characters traveling. Using a variety of interesting angles, Tarantino keeps us visually in tune as some of his most crucial narrative moments unfold. Here is a look at some of Tarantino’s best shots on the road.”


Swinney: “Quentin Tarantino is the master of the extreme close up and utilizes the technique for a variety of reasons. The shots are often used to convey the gravity of a particular situation or the manipulative strength of a character’s vice. Some express power, some express weakness, and others just simply look cool. Here is a look at Tarantino’s masterful use of the extreme close up throughout his feature film career.”


Swinney: “From the delicate intricacies used to display the fastidiousness of a character, to the overzealous noises paying tribute to a genre–here is a quick video I created to showcase the many unique and effective sounds used in the films of Quentin Tarantino.”


Speaking of Tarantino and Swinney, writing recently for IndieWire, Swinney reveals something we think pretty much everyone already knows about QT, and that’s how his films are “jam-packed with homages and visual references to the movies that have intrigued him throughout his life,” but, as Swinney explains, Tarantino “takes things a step further by replicating exact moments from a variety of genres and smashing them together to create his own distinct vision.”


There’s a pretty impressive list of the films Swinney believes are referenced in Tarantino’s films, and a great side-by-side clip there to enjoy, so be sure to check it out at the link.

Jacob T. Swinney is an industrious film editor and filmmaker, as well as a recent graduate of Salisbury University

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.