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One Journey Ends, Another Begins

Hey internet.

It’s the second to last Friday of my time at BCIT. After four terms and maybe one sick day in each of those, I’ve hit a brick wall this week. I first felt in coming on Wednesday morning when I was scheduled to mentor a first year student on their shoot. It was even worse the next morning, when I had to go in for a full day to “mentor” first years, but really I just sat in an edit suite and edited my Day in the Life video from about 8 AM til 4 PM. I had to stick around a little while after that too, so realistically I had a nice full, 10 hour day.

That wouldn’t be so bad if I could feel the impending illness approaching closer and closer. I get home in a coughing fit, my head throbbing and feeling like it’s on fire, it hurts to cough or sneeze or even swallow, and my entire body just feels stiff. So, safe to say that I’ll wouldn’t be leaving my bed today.

Well, I did leave a few times to make food and now I’m on the couch watching hockey. Which I seem to always be doing while I write these blog posts. I suppose it helps with the informal feel I try to give with these blogs. You’re basically reading my thoughts as they spew out of my mind, if you’re wondering why they are at times nonsensical. The background noise of hockey – entertaining, non-Canucks hockey – just helps me keep froing going insane, I guess. I say that as a diehard Canucks fan too. They must be the most poorly run organization in the NHL, or at least have been for much of the last three years.

Anyways, my Day in the Life video. I decided to have fun with this and went to visit my friend, Ben, who attended BCIT for the first year of the Television & Video Production program. He decided not to come back as his interest lies more in film than in broadcast, and I don’t blame him because the program does force us to do quite a bit of irrelevant work. The jobs in news broadcasting they seem so adamant on training us for no longer exist. The focus very much needs to change to more live events, like sports and concerts, or go fully towards film. Enough complaining though, here’s the video.

I fully anticipate my instructors docking me for various technical faults, or because I didn’t have a proper interview, or whatever. I’ve talked a lot about how incredible an experience it was to work on I Am Heath Ledger, and in watching many of his home videos throughout that process I wanted to try and replicate some of his techniques in how it was shot and edited. I also had two scenes from our documentary in mind when cutting this. So for its faults in some technical aspects, I think it’s really well paced and just an enjoyable watch.

Plus, the song I used brings another connection. The song, “March On”, is by N’fa Jones. N’fa is one of Heath’s childhood friends, and the song was used in our documentary as well. I found a lot of great music in the process of working on that film, and I couldn’t help but use some of it in one of my final BCIT projects. Especially because it was being designed to try and mimic Heath’s own videos.


I’ve been staring at the screen for a little while now, unsure what to write. I don’t know have much to say about work now, other than I really hope I get to go back. As for school… I want it to be over. It’s been a difficult two years and while we all made it work for the most part because we had to, I’m finding it more apparent that a lot of the personalities just don’t mesh.

At least mine doesn’t.

When I tried to invite some of my classmates to come see a screening of I Am Heath Ledger I was teased because I was talking about it so much. Which I was. Who wouldn’t if their first feature film credit premiered at Tribeca and was playing in theatres across the world, though?

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Contrasting that, I invited my best friends from high school, people who I consider my brothers. Their response? Any chance they have to support me like that, they’ll be there. I don’t mean to sound like we’re doing something incredibly difficult, in fact I’m lucky that I get to work in a rather ridiculous industry instead of worrying about more pressing matters or doing something more… serious, I guess? It is still a difficult industry to get into, and certainly will be a difficult industry to maintain a career in. So you have to surround yourself with people who believe in you and support you for doing something that’s honestly a little bit crazy.

You have to be a little bit crazy to decide to go into the film industry.

That’s not to say it’s been all bad. There are absolutely people that I hope to remain good friends with even after graduation. But that number is much smaller than I thought it was even a year ago, and unfortunately it seems some things just aren’t salvageable. Then again, I’ve never really been one to have huge groups of friends, just like I’m not one to get a huge group of people together to go clubbing. I’d rather be out at a pub with three or four friends, where we can get our music playing and take over a pool table and just hang out for hours. It gives us the chance to sit and converse and really connect with the people you’re with, instead of just a whirlwind of craziness.

It’s been a crazy roller coaster ride, from September 2015 to now. There are certainly things I wish I could change or totally undo. There really are. I suspect some of those things will haunt me for a while to come. It was an experience though. One I needed to have, for all the good and bad. Now it’s just time to go start a career doing something I’ve wanted to do for many, many years.

Which reminds me. One of the stories in I Am Heath Ledger is about how he had these glow-in-the-dark stars on his bedroom ceiling. His dad said he’d point to them and say, that’s where he was going to go. He was going to Hollywood to become an actor, and he’d be among the stars.

When I was a little kid, the first thing I wanted to be was a Jedi Knight. To grow up and be trained by Luke Skywalker. Of course, I soon found out that wasn’t possible, so I started to watch the credits of films and TV shows to see all the names of the people who made those shows possible. All the different jobs they did. While I didn’t always know what it was I wanted to do, it always seemed to come back to storytelling; filmmaking, in particular. As I got older, watching the credits almost became sort of a… visualization exercise. Seems the names, the jobs, more and more connections to Vancouver, and dreaming of maybe one day getting to see my name up there.

On Thursday, May 4th, 2017, that dream became a reality at a screening of I Am Heath Ledger at The Park Theatre in Vancouver.

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Hopefully it won’t be the last time.

In Industry, Weeks 4 & 5

Yeah, so, I guess I forgot that I hadn’t written about weeks 4 and 5 out in industry yet. I should probably do that. Update on the current day though, I’m sitting here watching the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals in the second round, currently 3-2 Pittsburgh in the third period of game 4. Pittsburgh has a 2-1 series lead. Playoff hockey has been quite good this year.

So… my final two weeks on my industry practicum as a part of BCIT. As I mentioned in my last post, I was being allowed more responsibility and just felt more and more like I actually belonged as a part of the crew working on this film. I was getting included in more email chains, asked to do more, and even pulled a few clips for the editors that I believe ended up in the film. At least, the most recent cut I’ve seen. Just little things to go along with simply settling in over my time at Network. It’s hard not to feel a bit like an outsider at first when you don’t really know anyone, and it’s the first film you’ve ever worked on. You’re so afraid of messing anything up that you are kind of reluctant to take on too much. Now I was welcoming challenges, and managed to solve a nasty problem we were having that managed to take up nearly a week of my time.

I should’ve been able to figure it out sooner, but other things took priority during the days.

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Since I was feeling more comfortable, I was also sitting in on more meetings, even if it wasn’t with editorial. I just wanted to see other aspects of the production and keep tabs on what they were doing, in case there was anything we needed to know or any information I could relay to them on the spot.

Things were becoming so hectic in the office, and nights were running so late, I was often on my own for an hour or two upon arriving in the morning. I would take that time to watch the latest cut of the film, which meant I was one of maybe a handful of people who was 100% up-to-date with what was in the current cut and what wasn’t, something that was useful whenever discussions about making changes were made. At this point I knew everything that was in there and could recall small bits of archival footage on the spot.

That was kind of cool.

It’s quite difficult to talk about a lot of this stuff without getting into too much detail, which I have to refrain from doing. I just focused on working hard during those last two weeks and trying to learn as much as possible. The last day or two I felt a little melancholy, joking about being “banished” back to BCIT. I mean, it’s certainly a step down to go from working on a feature film to making little two minute videos and “mentoring” the first years in the program; no offense meant to the first years.

But I left my final day feeling good about things, and I do hope the crew there will be interested in bringing me back once school is complete. I’d love to get back to work, especially since I did a bit of work for the next documentary they’ll be working on already.

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Anyways… I don’t really know what to talk about much on here. School will be wrapping up in a couple of weeks. I almost wonder if I should use it to get back into the swing of writing reviews again. I used to be a prolific (?) writer of video game reviews. Likely not well written, as I was 14 years old, but I wrote a lot of them. This was back when I could walk into a Rogers Video and rent all the new releases every week, instead of spending nearly $90 (with taxes) to get a new game on release day. This year in particular has reignited some of the passion with both the quality and quantity of video games released, particularly in a crazy run the first few months has had. The most recent game I played, NieR: Automata, is particularly interesting for tackling much deeper and much more mature thematic content than most games would ever dare to think of, let alone actually build a narrative around. It’s also a fantastic example of a video game narrative that takes advantage of the interactive nature of the medium (vs. a film or a novel) to strengthen the story it tells.

But that, dear internet friends, would be a story for another blog post. And I’ve got at least one or two more school-related posts in me right now, and probably a couple more once classes are finished.

Until next time.

In Industry, Weeks 2 & 3

Hello there, people of the internet.

If any of you are even reading this right now…

I guess I didn’t do too well keeping up the upkeep of the blog after writing that last entry, but hey! I’m spending some time working on it today. I’m sitting here watching playoff hockey and decided I may as well be productive instead of continuing to procrastinate on school work. There are only four weeks left after all, I should finish strong. Edmonton and San Jose are on right now, Game 5. I’m torn. Edmonton is fun to watch but if San Jose wins the Cup, the Canucks will get their first round pick this year. Regardless, it’s fun to watch playoff hockey without a horse in the race. It hurts to be a fan of the Canucks these days.

I figure I’ll take this post to give an overview of how my second and third weeks out in industry; firstly so I don’t have to write as many entries and secondly, I think there would be too little in each post if I went week by week.

The thing I can get out of the way right now is naming the project I was working on: I Am Heath Ledger.

Yeah… First film I get to work on, and it’s a feature length documentary about Heath Ledger. Pretty crazy, and pretty damn lucky too. Heath’s probably most known for his turn as The Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight, an absolutely incredible performance that won him an Academy Award. It was a movie that came at a time when I was starting to appreciate the more nuanced elements of the craft of filmmaking, and was the first time I really noticed a specific actor very clearly doing something special in a film. It’s a performance that has stuck with me as on my favourite acting performances ever for nearly 10 years. I remember the shock and the sadness when news came out of his untimely death.

In a weird way, for the five weeks I spent working on this film… Heath was, kind of alive again. Our film has a lot of unseen archival video that Heath and his friends took while he was on his meteoric rise up the Hollywood A-list a decade ago. For every second of cool footage that is in the movie, there’s hundreds if not thousands more that we aren’t able to include for whatever reason. I still got to watch it all, and because of that it very strangely felt like Heath was alive again and that I got to know… some version of him, at least. It’s impossible not to feel some sort of attachment to him as a person now, instead of just as a fan of a particular performance.

In terms of the actual work, it was still somewhat slow going for me at first. I was trying to learn as much as I could without biting off too much and screwing something up, for sure. I was slowly starting to feel more comfortable, and by my third week I felt like I was settling in. By that point, I was no longer doing small bits of work on another, currently unannounced documentary. It was all-in on Heath, a full-on sprint to the finish. I was being given more responsibility and more things to do, a challenge I felt ready and able to embrace. I think I did a good job, considering I came into the position as a junior assistant editor with little-to-no knowledge as to what the job actual entails.

See, at school they teach us how to edit. But other than some basic media management, we don’t learn much about being the assistant editor.

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Of course, it’s a job that varies depending on the company you work at, the editors you work with, and the project itself. I still didn’t really understand what I was getting myself into though, and that was a humbling moment. The kind that is good to have on occasion, a reminder that maybe I don’t quite know as much as I would like to think I do. The kind of thing that keeps you from becoming complacent. I actually stayed late a few nights, and came in on a weekend to continue to help out as well. I wanted to help out, we were inching closer and closer to our scheduled picture lock day, and hell… I just enjoyed what I was doing. It was fun bouncing around edit suites and different computers and working on bringing this film to life.

For those of you curious to see the film, it premieres at Tribeca on April 23rd… There’s a one day only screening in the USA on May 3rd, the 60 minute version premieres on Spike on May 17th, and then the full version of the film will premiere on The Movie Network on May 22nd, I believe. I think it may also be out on iTunes that day, though I’m not 100% certain. It will release on iTunes at some point.

And hey, my name should be in the credits somewhere so keep an eye out for that.

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In Industry, Week 1

Author’s Note: This post was written a couple of weeks ago, so things that are written in the present tense are now out of date.


Hey again. Sandro here.

One of things that I am supposed to be doing is maintaining this blog. Haven’t really kept up with that. It’s been crazy. I’m in my industry practicum right now and we’re literally in the finishing stages of a feature-length documentary.

Doesn’t leave you with a ton of time to dedicate to other things. Especially when you’re trying to put in extra hours to try and impress your boss, and hell… just to help out. I’ve wanted to make movies since I was barely able to walk, and even if I’m just a small cog in the machine I want to do my part and then some to get this thing across the finish line. Even more so because I’ve arrived at this company just in time for a very big project that sounds like it’s been more challenging than anything before it. A good test to see if I really am crazy enough to follow through on the whole, “I want to work in the film industry” thing if there ever was one.

I should catch up on the blogging though, I guess. I’m thinking for now I will try and go week by week with my experiences, without getting to specific, because… Well, I can’t really. At least as I write this. The film we’re working on is dealing with some sensitive material and technically hasn’t even been officially revealed to the public yet. So it’s best I keep my mouth shut on some of these specifics, at least for now. I think I’ll be able to share a trailer for it around very soon though.

So, week one… I suppose I can say that I am interning at Network Entertainment. They work on a variety of shows, but I’m working in editorial on the feature length documentaries. It was an interesting first week for sure. A lot of new names and faces. Definitely felt like I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, because we’ve never really done anything that would be an assistant editor’s responsibility at school. Media management is one thing, everything else was just… wow. Just I sat, and listened, and tried to absorb as much as I could about what they needed me to do. Not to mention just trying to catch up on the projects we’re working on. One is still fairly early on, the edit hasn’t even started. The other… Well, that’s the one that we’ve been pushing the picture lock date on for about a week now.

A lot of excitement and nervousness for sure… for sure.

This week was difficult though. I had to miss a day because… Well, this is difficult. I don’t want to get into too much detail because it’s… It’s just difficult. Back in November 2015 we got a puppy, very young, her name was Finley. We have another dog named Shadow, she’s much older. Finley was new because our other dog, Lacee, had passed away earlier that year. We had this adorable Golden Lab-Retriever/Australian Shepherd mix. But as she got older and stronger, she became very aggressive. This started to tail off once we got her spayed, but the two dogs fighting or Finley getting aggressive still happened from time to time.

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At the end of January this year, we moved to a smaller house. The two dogs started to get very territorial. The fighting between the dogs became more frequent and more intense. And Finley biting us became more and more frequent. In the last few weeks it was almost as if something had snapped, because even when things were okay she was behaving rather strangely.

Late on the Wednesday night of my first week of practicum, Finley went… Well, she basically went feral. It only lasted about 30 seconds but she attacked me and my sister. We had to call 911 to get an ambulance. My sister got it much worse than I. I’ve just been left with a ton of scars from puncture wounds around my wrists and forearms. I lost probably 90% of my mobility and all of my strength in my arms for a few days. My car is so old that I have to put the key in the door to unlock it, and I couldn’t even do that.

The dog had to be put down, of course. I tried to find other solutions. This was a dog that had a tremendous ability to feel empathy. But we were scared of her. Our other dog was terrified of her.

I don’t know what went wrong. A failure on our end or something just not being right with Finley. But I hope she’s found peace… Somewhere. Anywhere. It’s sad what happened but I know for the most part, we’re a whole lot less stressed out and in losing Finley it’s almost as if we got Shadow back. She’s much more relaxed and her personality is shining through again.

It just had to happen.

 

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So that really brought an end to my first week. I was back in the office on Friday for a screening of the film, but between all the antibiotics and painkillers, and the fact we had to make that call… I wasn’t really there mentally for a while.

I’ll try to be back again to talk more about my experience at Network.

Methods of Editing

Internet! I am back to talk about something new. In this post I want to talk about editing, specifically different types of cuts that are used in film. I began teaching myself how to use editing software when I was 9 years old, but I never really began to think about why I was making a cut until the last couple of years. The reason for that, was I learned about how Mad Max: Fury Road used a technique called ‘eye trace’. Before I get to that though, I want to discuss a few other types of cuts that I really like to use as well as when and why you might use them.

A film is essentially written three times. First by the writers, putting together the script. A second time, by the director when they choose how to shoot the screenplay. In many cases, directors will take another pass on the script to morph it to their vision as well. The third and final time, is in the edit room. Entire storylines can be dropped or re-written, shots from one scene repurposed for another, and sometimes so much material is shot that you could have multiple completely different movies depending on the outcome of the edit. A major example of this is Terrance Malick’s “The Thin Red Line”, where a number of actors thought they were playing the lead role only to arrive at the premiere and find they had been reduced to little more than a cameo.

Part of this process of visual storytelling is choosing when and why to make a cut. In this post I want to discuss a few of my favourite types of cuts and highlight some of my favourite cuts of all time. The first, and one of the most used ways is Cutting on Action. This means cutting from one shot to another while the character is still in motion. You’ll often find this method used in fight scenes, cutting on a punch or a kick. (RocketJump Film School, 2016) While this provides a strong movement or motion to direct the eye of the viewer in changing between shots, it is also used to hide fight choreography in a lot of Hollywood films. This is a fundamental difference from the work of many Hong Kong directors, especially Jackie Chan.

Jackie Chan has discussed his methods of shooting and editing his films at length, emphasizing the differences in how Hollywood and Hong Kong choose to cut action. He keeps his shots wide, his camera steady, and when he cuts to a closer shot for a punch or a kick, they show the impact twice. The initial hit will be shown in the wide, and upon cutting to a closer shot they add three or four extra frames before the hit. He is showing the audience the impact twice. The reason for this, is to give the viewer time to register what they are seeing on screen. It also has the effect of tricking the viewer’s mind into combining the two shots into one, more powerful strike. It adds impact to the fight, showing the action and reaction in one shot. In contrast to that, most Hollywood films will show the action and reaction in two separate shots, lessening the impact. (Every Frame a Painting, 2014)

Cutting on action like this does not need to be limited to fight scenes either. Simple movements like a character throwing an object, turning around, or walking through a doorway are perfect for this method. This leads me to a bit of a segue for my desire to discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, and its use of eye trace.

Eye Trace is how a director and editor can use framing, movement, and editing to direct where you are looking at the frame. The Film Theorists released a fantastic video about the use of this method in Mad Max: Fury Road, which is the thing I mentioned at the beginning of this post that changed my view on editing. This effect is achieved in a variety of ways in this film. In the first scene used as an example in The Film Theorists’ video, the focus of every shot is kept around the center of the frame. The faces of the characters, the nitrous valve, the steering wheel, etc. For an action film with so many things happening on screen at once and a ton of very fast cuts, with shots on screen for maybe a second or two at a time, this goes a long way to making it possible for the audience to follow the action. They have no need to find the focus every time the film cuts, because they are already looking where they need to.

This seems like something a lot of movies would do though, right? It’d look a little stale if everything was always center frame as well, so how does Fury Road handle all of the movement; both of the camera and characters, when making rapid cuts? This is what really blew my mind. The scene The Film Theorists’ show next has our main characters getting in and out of the War Rig, fighting against a group of thugs on motorbikes, racing around and jumping over the Rig.

The eye trace being used in this scene is a combination of editing and camera movement. As one bike races from frame left to frame right, the focus shifts to the War Rig moving from frame right to frame left, and the shifting to another bike moving from left to right. Where this gets interesting again is the shot cuts when the bike is center frame, to a reverse shot with the bike also in center frame. The bike continues over to the left side of the frame where we then cut to Furious, whose face – you guessed it – is on the left side of the frame. This kind of mastery of eye trace in both direction and editing is a major part of the reason that Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t a completely incomprehensible mess, instead it’s regarded was one of the best action films of all time and won the most Oscars out of anything at the 2016 Academy Awards. (The Film Theorists, 2015)

The next type of cut I want to talk about is the Match Cut. Before I saw any more, I want to highlight one of the most well-known match cuts of all time, from one of my favourite films of all time, Lawrence of Arabia.

The match cut is most easily recognized as a cut between two shots with similar framing and/or action, though it is sometimes mistaken as a jump cut. They are incredibly popular as transitions between scenes, as we are jumping from one place to another and the similarities in the two shots help create a seamless transition between the two scenes. Another incredibly famous match cut is from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The use of match cuts has some similarities to eye trace as well, drawing our eye to a specific area of the frame and keeping it there for the next shot. It’s a technique I absolutely love to use while editing, because I think it creates a smoother finished product that can quickly cut between shots without causing confusion.

Now this blog is getting a bit longer than I had planned, and I’m having to skip out on certain types of edits that I wanted to get into revolving around audio, but perhaps I can save those for another blog post. Editing is about telling the story in the best way possible, editors control the eye and the mind of the viewer and can guide it the way they choose. Ultimately though, the goal is for the edits themselves to go unnoticed. (Variety, 2015) Once those edits are being noticed, the viewer is being pulled out of the film and the editor has failed. Until then, if you haven’t seen Mad Max: Fury Road, Lawrence of Arabia, or 2001: A Space Odyssey… Go watch those movies! Then come back. But not before then. Seriously. They’re required viewing for anyone in this industry.

Works Cited

RocketJump Film School (2016, March 3). Cuts & Transitions 101 Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAH0MoAv2CI

Every Frame a Painting (2014, December 2). Jackie Chan – how to do action comedy Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1PCtIaM_GQ

The Film Theorists (2015, July 29). How mad max: Fury road directed YOU! – frame by frame Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wCrdINidls

Variety (2015, February 6). Variety artisans: Oscar ballot guide – film editing Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvXAvKc3PnM

My Six Degrees Idol

Why hello there, world.

That may not be the most professional way to open things, but I believe that blogs should feel a little more personal. Almost like we’re having a conversation; albeit a rather one-sided one. In this post I want to talk about the Six Degrees of Separation, and specifically my “Six Degree Idol”. For anyone who is not familiar with the Six Degrees of Separation, it is a concept that essentially states that you can be connected to anyone on Planet Earth within 6 “degrees”, or connections.

Today, I am going to breakdown how I am connected to writer/director Quentin Tarantino.

The first degree of separation is Roger Williams, the President & CEO of Inspired Image Picture Company. Most recently, he directed the documentary RiverBlue; which details the impact that fast fashion — specifically the classic blue jeans we all love to wear — is having a tremendously horrible effect on the world’s rivers. My father introduced me to Roger a few years ago, and I spent about a month shadowing two of the editors that work at Inspired Image’s Vancouver location.

In my month of shadowing, my eyes were opened in a number of major ways when it comes to the art and process of film making, and editing. I thought I had a much stronger base of knowledge than I did, and that realization set me on the path I currently walk as a BCIT Television & Video Production student. Also during that time, a shoot was scheduled to take place at Inspired Image. I do not recall what the video was for, but it brought in the presence of a very well-known Vancouver-born singer: Michael Bublé.

He would be next link in this little chain I am forming. Bublé released his debut album in 2001, and has released eight studio albums in the 16 years since. Despite his worldwide success, Bublé is still quite prominent in the Vancouver community. He has been one of the co-owners of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants since 2008, and has supported a number of charitable projects. While I cannot profess myself to be a huge fan of his music, I’ve certainly enjoyed much of what I have heard. I certainly enjoy his rendition of Feeling Good, and he performed a very cool version of the classic Spider-Man theme that I really love.

Unfortunately, I did not get to meet Mr. Bublé. Myself and the other editors were sent for a long lunch, and they had completed their short shoot by the time we returned. While it would’ve been an undoubtedly cool experience, for the purposes of this exercise he serves as a stepping stone towards an ultimate goal, and leads to the next link in the chain. Between 2005 and 2010, Michael Bublé performed five separate times on the Late Show with David Letterman.

David Letterman is one of a number of absolutely legendary late night television hosts, in addition to being a writer, comedian, and producer. He was on the air as a late night host for a total of 33 years, and retired from the Late Show in May 2015. He is revered as one of the absolute greats in his field by many, even if many of his best years were a little before my time.

As a part of doing the job Letterman did for so many years, he has had countless Hollywood actors, directors, and more appear on his show. Which leads us directly to the final goal of this blog post: Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino appeared on the Late Show a total of five times between 1994 and 2009, and is one of the most well-known directors in modern Hollywood. His films are known for heavily stylized violence, dialogue-heavy scenes, and large ensemble casts, as well as references to many of the pop culture moments that have inspired his films. Winning many industry awards, including two Oscars and two Golden Globes, Tarantino’s films have been both critically and commercially successful.

Tarantino is also notorious for his claims that he would retire from film making after completing his tenth film. His most recent film was The Hateful Eight, which was a personal landmark for me because it was the only movie I can remember that I have seen projected on film. The 70mm projection of The Hateful Eight was one of the most magical movie-going experiences of my life for that reason alone, and one that inspires me to create to this day.

So there you have it, the six degrees of separate from myself — Sandro Desaulniers, BCIT student — to Quentin Tarantino, one of the biggest names in the film industry. It’s certainly interesting to see how quickly you can form these links, particularly if you can find a way to tie into any sort of late night show. That alone can be used to connect to so many people, even if getting there is a bit of a journey.

If you stumbled across this online somewhere, I hope you were moderately entertained by it. That wraps it up for me here so until next time, I bid you adieu.