You know that feeling when you’re really proud of something you’ve just completed, and can’t wait to share it someone? We all have those moments. You. Me. Quentin Tarantino.
In a video just unearthed by Reddit, the writer-filmmaker is seen excitedly acting out excerpts from his script for what would eventually become the fantastically bloody, super-taut thriller Kill Bill: Vol. 1 — apparently nearly a full decade before the movie’s 2003 release. It’s a rare look behind the curtain of Tarantino’s process: You have to imagine dude gets excited by his creative output (wouldn’t you, if you’d written Reservoir Dogs?). But we’ve never seen it manifested so intimately like this.
According to the video, this was shot in 1994, the same year the instant classic Pulp Fiction would elevate QT to one of Hollywood’s reigning princes, a title he hasn’t relinquished since, with subsequent hits like Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. (The video’s second half was filmed in 2001.)
As for whom Tarantino is addressing in the video — there’s a voice heard off-camera, reacting with appropriate hyped-up excitement — our guess is its QT’s longtime bud and fellow filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez. (One clue: The video is watermarked El Rey, the name of Rodriguez’s grindhouse cable network, which he launched in 2013.)
Though Tarantino refers to the project in the video as his “fourth film,” Kill Bill would take years to get made, and would ultimately be split two parts: 2003’s Vol. 1 and 2004’s Vol. 2. Tarantino’s ninth film, The Hateful Eight, opens Christmas Day. Watch the trailer: