It’s been two years since Sally Menke, Quentin Tarantino‘s longtime film editor, was found dead, but he is still mourning her loss. “Django Unchained” is the first film Tarantino has made since her passing, and he admits in a new interview that her presence was still felt on the film’s set.
“We did have a sign on the Avid [editing equipment], through the entire editing, that was ‘WWSD.’ What Would Sally Do?” Tarantino tells The Huffington Post with a laugh.
Though he admits that trying to figure out what Menke would have done as an editor “would have been a fool’s game,” Tarantino did say that making the movie wasn’t the same without the collaborator who helped him make films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” the “Kill Bill” movies and “Inglourious Basterds.”
“I just miss her,” he says. “Actually, more in the last stages of the journey. Because those were kind of like the stages — you know, the mix and the color timing and everything — where I would recede just a little bit, because I was pretty tired of the process by that time. And she would take one step forward and I would take one tiny step back. And she’d kind of lead the way.”
“Django Unchained” comes out on Christmas Day.