HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Quentin Tarantino arrives at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Planning Doesn't Play A Large Part In Quentin Tarantino's Scriptwriting Process
Quentino Tarantino has said that he considers himself more of a writer than a director, and his two Academy Awards are both for screenwriting, although he's also been nominated for directing. While every writer's process is different, Tarantino's process seems to be fluid and not wedded to a great deal of planning.
In a 2009 interview Tarantino discussed his screenwriting process, telling Filmmaker magazine: "I don't have an outline or anything like that. I might have a really good idea of what the next few scenes are going to be, and I know a lot of scenes along the way that I need to get to, but I never know the end. I might think I know the end, but usually it turns out I don't know the end."
Tarantino also spoke of letting each story take him where it will, adding: "It might make you feel better to think you have your scenes more or less mapped out to the end, but by the time you get to the middle the f****** story is so completely different. [...] Maybe [an outline] can help you out for the first half of your story, but once you get going that stuff will take care of itself."