Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy 45th, PTA!

Here's wishing Mr. Paul Thomas Anderson a happy forty-fifth birthday from the team at C&RV. We owe you everything and then some, sir, and we sincerely hope this next year brings you wellness, joy, and (selfishly) productivity.

And here's an oldie-but-a-goodie:

CJ & Bryan, Cigarettes & Red Vines

Thursday, June 18, 2015

WATCH: 12-Minute Behind the Scenes Doc From The Set of Inherent Vice, "Chryskylodon Blues"

When we spoke with writer/director Laura Colella about her film Breakfast With Curtis, she told us that she had been tapped by Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot the behind-the-scenes material for Inherent Vice. But with the blu-ray release of Vice having come and gone with none of that footage included, we figured we would be left scratching our heads for the rest of our lives wondering what the hell that set actually looked like. Not so fast...

Laura Colella presents...... Chryskyolodon Blues

It's a spellbinding twelve-minute reel of Super 8 footage from the set of PTA's seventh feature film, scored to music from The Growlers (the band cast as The Boards in the movie) and audio passages from the novel. It is especially cool to watch PTA & co. set up shots that have gone on to become some of the more iconic of the movie, as well as shots that never made it into the movie.

Anyway. Less talky, more watchy. Click that link above and enjoy.

Very special thanks indeed to Laura Colella for bringing this to us to this morning!


Monday, June 08, 2015

PTA Rumored To Be Considering A Return To 70MM For Next Project

At the 2015 Cine Gear Expo, which ended yesterday, Panavision screened test footage from Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming western The Hateful Eight and according to virtually everyone who was in attendance, the footage looked absolutely stunning.

Some background: Hateful was shot on 70mm with anamorphic lenses, which creates a much wider frame than 35mm anamorphic (35 anamorphic typically preserves 2.35:1 while 70 anamorphic preserves a massive 2.78:1). For reference, The Master was shot on 70mm with spherical lenses rather than anamorphic, and created a frame less wide than even 35mm anamorphic, preserving 1.85:1. So the difference in widescreen between The Hateful Eight and The Master is insanely huge.

And here's the really cool part: PTA may be taking a crack at Tarantino's wider 70mm format soon. According to camera/lens technician Scott Gleine, who was at the test screening, someone asked during the open audience Q&A portion of the presentation if any other filmmakers had seen or shown interest in the format since the Hateful test footage had been shot, and Panavision's VP of Optical Engineering, Dan Sasaki, specifically mentioned that Paul Thomas Anderson had seen the footage and is strongly considering the same format for his next project.

For what it's worth, PTA has mentioned before that Dan Saski was an integral voice in the decision to shoot The Master on 70mm, so his perspective is definitely worth noting.

But what is the project???

We're not sure just yet. But we do recall PTA mentioning he'd be interested in using 70mm in its intended aspect ratio when we chatted with him about The Master.

Time should clear up all the questions that are already percolating around this development, but now comes the hard part: the sitting and waiting.

(P.S. Here's another account of the event, via @TheValidAlex)

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