'Django Unchained' Producer Michael Shamberg Talks Quentin Tarantino's Love of Film

The director has one of the last existing dallies trailers to cut his latest film in this increasingly digital age.

Executive producer Michael Shamberg gives an update on Django Unchained
Executive producer Michael Shamberg gives an update on Django Unchained
Last week, I visited the set of CBS Films' upcoming comedy Get a Job, which is slated for release sometime next year. One of the people we got to chat with on the set was producer Michael Shamberg, who is also executive producing Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. It is widely known that the director loves shooting on film, which is definitely becoming a rarity these days. The producer was asked if this revenge Western might be one of the last movies he makes on film. Here's what he had to say.

"Quentin loves film. He's got Robert Richardson, who just won his third Oscar. Quentin, I think, has one of the last dailies trailers in the film business, where you literally go into a trailer and watch film selections from a projectionist. He loves film, he doesn't like digital. I love digital, but I think there will still be directors who want to do film. Master directors like Quentin will still want to do film. I've seen enough of the dailies, and the way Robert is lighting it, and the way Quentin is imagining it, it's just genius. One of the things Quentin wanted was to see breath. We had to go up to the mountains where it was cold. Probably in 10 years, it will have gone the way of Kodak, but somebody will still be shooting on film. Everything is distributed digitally, but I think you get a richer experience, for a certain type of film, on film. Quentin won't be shooting digital."

Stay tuned in the future for our full set visit report for Get a Job.

Django Unchained was released December 25th, 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino.



Sources: Brian Gallagher

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Comments (3)

  1. Rudy

    To be honest, I don't really like Quentin Tarantino's movies. Death Proof was okay though. I like Robert Rodriguez better.

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  2. thedude-abides

    Right, well, I hate to say it, but this isn't news. It's been well doc*mented for quite a while now (over a decade) that all the real directors (guys like Quentin) have vowed never to abandon film, despite the fact that cinemas are switching almost entirely to digital projectors. There's even a scene in Boogie Nights about it where P.T. Anderson is obviously venting his frustrations by having his characters argue over the switch from film to videotape.

    There's really no comparison between the two. I understand it may be a novel idea to some, but there's a reason FILMmaking is shot on film. Not to mention the quality is just so much better. Digital is only good for certain things, if you're making an amateur film, or if, I don't know, you're Michael Bay or something :P

    Quentin himself said he was going to retire from filmmaking and just write novels for the rest of his life if the option to shoot on film was no longer viable.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  3. FiLmMAst3R

    Digital sucks and Film is awesome

    2 years agoby @filmmast3rFlag