Tarantino: Why I shot on 70mm lenses

Quentin Tarantino thinks the close-ups created on 70mm lenses can be “devastating”.

The acclaimed director is working on highly anticipated Western The Hateful Eight. Quentin turned his back on digital projection to make the movie on 70mm lenses and during a chat with British magazine Empire, he explained his reasons.

“People keep saying to me, ‘We’ve heard that most of the film is in one place. So what’s the point of shooting 70mm for that?'” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the film breaking the notion that 70mm is for shooting deserts and mountains. A big lens and a big, wide screen can be very intimate – the close-ups can be devastating. You really see people.”

The movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern and Jennifer Jason Leigh. While the 52-year-old is pleased with the footage he got using the 70mm lenses, he admits he didn’t initially intend to work with them.

“[It] evolved as time went on. Everyone knows I’m not a fan of shooting on digital, but I’m not even a fan of digital projection,” he explained. “By losing film projection, we’ve already ceded too much ground to the barbarians. So I thought, ‘Well, if I shoot in 70mm, then they’re going to have to screen it in 70mm.”

Quentin is particularly excited that the lenses have been used on some of the most classic films in cinema history.

“I remembered the movies they shot with them. But it’s not that they used the same type or lenses on Ben-Hur – they used these lenses,” he added. “They only made one set of them. So these are the lenses that made Ben-Hur, Battle of the Bulge and Mutiny on the Bounty.”

– Cover Media