Special effects make-up wizard Greg Nicotero (the “N” in KNB EFX) has become a close collaborator of writer-director Quentin Tarantino after working his FX magic on many of the iconoclastic filmmaker’s best known works including Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, and Inglourious Basterds.
Nicotero spoke with MTV about working with Tarantino on the director’s latest film, Django Unchained, recently during a Television Critics Association event for AMC’s The Walking Dead, on which he serves as effects supervisor and co-executive producer. You can watch a video of Nicotero’s comments here below.
In working with Quentin Tarantino over the years Nicotero has developed a fond appreciation for the director’s approach to filmmaking, even if it doesn’t provide him and his effects crew with as much work as they would get working on a Sam Raimi or George Romero film:
There are not a lot of special effects. It’s all about his actors and it’s so cinematic for him. We don’t shoot anything digital, he uses film, one camera, we don’t have five cameras shooting. That’s it. It’s inspiring. It’s inspiring to think about the fact that that’s how movies were made for years and years and years, and I’m not saying that digital technology doesn’t have its positives, but I love that Quentin is old school.
Reading Quentin Tarantino’s scripts, they take you places no one else’s scripts ever take you. I’ve had the good fortune of working on all his movies, I was in Berlin on ‘Inglourious Basterds’ for four months, ‘Pulp Fiction’, I got to stab Uma Thurman in the chest with the hypodermic needle, I got to blow Marvin’s head off, so we’re in the trenches again.
Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx in the title role of a slave who becomes a bounty hunter under the tutelage of a German dentist (Christophe Waltz) and sets out to rescue his wife (Kerry Washington) from the clutches of Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The cast also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Remar, Sacha Baron Cohen, Don Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia, Michael K. Williams, James Russo, Gerald McRaney, and Tom Savini.
Django Unchained opens on December 25, 2012. I can’t wait to see what kind of soundtrack Tarantino puts together for this flick.