Wednesday, June 08, 2011

‘The Master' Begins Filming; Set For Late 2012 Release

The day has come. Despite earlier reports that shooting was set to begin June 13, it appears (from reports on Twitter and the IMDB boards) that filming has indeed begun on Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Film a.k.a. 'The Master'. Shooting may have begun about a week ago but it's difficult to discern the actual start date as the production is being kept tightly under wraps. Shooting locations are described only as taking place on "some waterfront and some older buildings." Fansite Joaquin Phoenix Central has received reports of Phoenix being spotted around Vallejo and also links to an article in the Vallejo Times-Herald with a few choice bits of information from Paul's longtime producer Joanne Sellar.

Playing down it's reputation as a "Scientology film," Sellar described it as "a World War II drama. It's about a drifter after World War II." The producer said location work will continue through June before the production returns to LA for the remainder of filming. She also expects the film to have a "late 2012" release. We're really not sure where those 2013 rumors came from but you can probably forget about them now. The article also includes a tiny picture of some vintage cars parked along a small residential street with the caption "Crews film with vintage cars lining Winslow Street in Crockett, Calif., on June 3, 2011." So it looks like that's our first official (unofficial) set picture.

But with the news that filming has finally begun, we'd just like to take a second to enjoy this moment. As most of you know, it's been a long time coming. And we're not just talking about the 3 1/2 years since "There Will Be Blood." This project was first announced 18 months ago by Variety on December 2, 2009 and for a while it was looking like it might not happen at all. But now finally, it's becoming a reality and nobody could be as excited about it as we are. We're just glad we could share it with you. It's on, folks.

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  1. anyone know if Jack Fisk is back as Production Designer and who the DP is?

  2. Well in imdb Jack is signed as Production Designer and its been like that for a while now.

  3. Jack Fisk has said in an interview for Malcik's Tree of Life that he was working again with PTA. The article is out there somewhere.

  4. BUT who is the new DP? still no news? can't PTA just say it on his fansite.. "hi my new DP is blah blah".. Come PTA!

  5. This movie has NOT begun shooting yet. They are prepping the set right now (I work for one of the companies in charge of making props and set) and this film will indeed start production next week. People, it takes a while to set things up before shooting. It doesn't just happen over night.

  6. to the guy who's part of the Master crew, can you atleast confirm who the DP is?

  7. I wonder if Paul is being his own DP this time around... ?

  8. Thank you anonymous commenter for the Jack Fisk info!

  9. Does anyone know where in Vallejo they are shooting this? I know they're trying to keep this all very hush hush, but I'm from the SF-Bay Area and it's not everyday that a big production like this moves North.

  10. Well, there goes my theory about this being filmed concurrently with Inherent Vice. Gosh, I’m excited ... Late 2012 and not 2013 ?? Weeeeeeee ...

  11. they started the first week of june, this photo is from the 2nd location. Can't say more than that.

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