Samuel L. Jackson has recently revealed that his frequent collaborator, the unconventional, borderline eccentric Quentin Tarantino, shot much of the eagerly anticipated Hateful Eight in a refrigerated set. The story of the forthcoming film is about eight bounty hunters that attempt to find shelter during a deadly blizzard storm that leads them to the divulgence of deception and betrayal within the group of killers – also starring Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, and Demian Bichir.
About the unusual filming conditions, Jackson said that: “Quentin shot on a refrigerated set, and it was 30 degrees, every day, in there”. Due to cinema evolving into a technological advancement of computer-generated-imagery that is said to be overindulged and lazily used just for the sake of it being available, this alternative form of filmmaking is certainly an unorthodox one, which is not a surprising move from Tarantino, a filmmaker renowned for his quirkiness.
Although it imaginably makes it tougher for the cast, this method of recreating the stormy mountain of Wyoming in this contemporary western illustrates a gross-desire for realism, and Jackson admires this: “You could see our breath, but the stuff that we were doing was amazing. We would finish doing a scene and look at each other and just grin like, ‘This is incredible’”. The realistically extreme weather conditions also enable the actors to further immerse themselves into their particular characters and to some extent actually feel like they are them.
In a contemporary cinema period of CGI exhaustion, it is very refreshing to hear about a Hollywood director innovatively refusing to indulge it and instead go down the unconventional, more old-school route of filmmaking. With news like this being revealed, the next several months are going to be long ones in anticipation of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight!