The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's eighth film, The Hateful Eight (what an apt title), was released recently and honestly, I was not full of hate while watching it... Geez, that was a horrible joke. I can't really contain my excitement for this film. And finally getting to see some footage from it, it's hard to believe that I'm even more excited for the film than I was before.
We get some great character moments, we meet the titular "hateful eight". And I must say, the cast looks excellent. And to be honest with you, I haven't really been keeping up with the production of this film other than knowing that Ennio Morricone is supplying the film with an original score. That being said, it was a nice surprise to see the shape of the film and the world for the first time.
Even though the trailer is pretty short, we can really get a good sense of Tarantino's voice -- or his fingerprints -- all over the film. I'm amazed at the way he can show us the scope of the environment and make a small space seem large by creating depth within the scene.
In the first shot of the trailer, Tarantino shows us the scope of the world the film takes place in. We get a wide establishing shot of snow-capped hills and mountains. We can see a small horse carriage in the right side of the frame, racing through the snow. Tarantino draws our eyes towards the moving carriage and subconsciously tells us that the carriage (and the people inside) are important to the film.
But later on in the trailer, we find out our characters have to spend the night in a cabin because of an oncoming snowstorm. And while that should be considered a completely claustrophobic place, Tarantino manages to shoot this setting in a way that makes it look just as large the outside world.
We can see characters line each side of the frame while our protagonist stands in the middle, there's a lot of depth in this shot. The placement of the tables in the foreground and the pillars that frame the two characters in the center both give us a sense of scale to the environment. Visually, this makes a small room look larger and by doing this, Tarantino is subtly telling us that the narrative of the film, much like the room, seems small at first but once inside, it's larger than life.
I honestly cannot wait for The Hateful Eight to be released this Christmas, December 25th, 2015.