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Paul Thomas Anderson
Transcript of Paul Thomas Anderson
Paul never had a close relationship to his mother but his father, Ernie Anderson, pushed him into film
First camera at the age of 12 and has never thought of any other profession since
The Dirk Diggler Story was his first official project, The film was a thirty-minute mockumentary shot on video about a porn star. This later influenced one of his many great movies.
“Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it” - PTA
Anderson went to NYU film school for two days before dropping out and using the rest of his tuition money to fund his first project. Magnolia Hard Eight Work Cited http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000759/
http://www.nextmovie.com/blog/paul-thomas-anderson-steadicam/ A young Paul Thomas Anderson 90's Movies Hard Eight (1996)- A crime thriller written and directed by Anderson that was an expansion of his first official film Cigarettes and coffee. Featuring Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson.
Boogie Nights (1997)- An expansion of the Dirk Diggler Story, Anderson wrote, produced, directed this film that put him on the map. Nominated for best original screenplay at the academy awards. Featuring Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
Magnolia (1999)- An academy award nominee for best original screenplay, Anderson wrote, produced, and directed this drama film that is featuring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman Boogie Nights 21st Century Movies Punch-Drunk Love (2002)- romantic comedy-drama written and directed by PTA. Paul Thomas Anderson won the award for Best Director at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The film was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics. Starring Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
There Will Be Blood (2007)- American drama film written, co-produced, and directed by PTA. The film is loosely based on Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil! Nominated for best picture, director, adapted screenplay at the Academy Awards. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Dillon Freasier.
The Master (2012)- A drama film that was written, directed, and produced by PTA. Nominated for multiple Academy Awards and grossed $242,127 at five theaters during its opening day on September 14, 2012, setting a single day record for an art house film. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. Punch Drunk Love There Will Be Blood The Master "I really subscribe to that old adage that you should never let the audience get ahead of you for a second. So if the film's abrasive and wrongfoots people then, y'know, that's great. But I hope it involves an audience. If not, that's my fuck-up." "Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out." Anderson’s first two features, “Hard Eight” (1996) and “Boogie Nights,” were both holdovers from teenage ideas (the latter given a dry run as “The Dirk Diggler Story,” made when he was 17). With “Magnolia,” the first film of his adulthood and a raw-nerved response to the death of his father, the television personality Ernie Anderson, he threw himself wholeheartedly into the risky enterprise of a nakedly personal film. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/30/movies/awardsseason/paul-thomas-anderson-on-preparing-for-and-following-up-the-master.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 "Anderson’s next project will be an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s book Inherent Vice, which follows a marijuana-smoking private investigator in L.A. during the 1960’s. In a profile done by the New York Times, Anderson stated he has a good deal of writing done for the adaptation and hopes to begin shooting next year." http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/12/paul-thomas-anderson-planning-to-shoot-next-film-i.html Influence PTA Has been influenced mainly by the
films of Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick. Boogie Nights mirrors Scorsese's "Goodfellas"
in the rise and fall of a group of people There Will Be Blood/The
Master mirror Scorsese's
"Raging Bull" in the introspection
of one main character PTA also borrows many visual techniques - a constantly
moving camera from Scorsese, and shots staged as classical
paintings from Kubrick