Paul Thomas Anderson to shoot ‘The Master’ in IMAX

One of my most awaited films of 2013 is Paul Thomas Anderson’s religious drama, which was formerly called The Master. The film stars Academy Award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as a man who starts a new faith based organisation following World War II. And, the Academy Award nominated Joaquin Phoenix is a drifter, who becomes The Master’s right hand man.

It’s already a good news, for P.T. Anderson is making a new film, but now what’s even more exciting is that he will be shooting the film in 65mm film and projecting at 70mm. Thanks to director Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich for bringing it up in their three way conversation on Twitter. Brad Bird said to Stanton: …”Nolan shot a lot of Dark Knight Rises in IMAX. I think PT Anderson’s next is 65 too.” And, Stanton tweeted: … “The Master is indeed in 65. They nearly lost a camera shooting in the Bay.”

Brad Bird used 65mm print for few action sequences of his recent blockbuster, Mission: ImpossibleGhost Protocol. I cannot wait to see more film-makers go the same route and commence touching the IMAX cameras. And, I am excited to see what P.T. Anderson is going to do with it, he is a master film-maker and with his own style working with IMAX cameras, I am sure he is going to impress us all. Directing one of the  classics, There Will Be Blood, we don’t need to waste time worrying about that. What we must look forward to is that how he is going to use it. We have seen Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Brad Bird’s  Ghost Protocol. Both respectively has impressed us and I am sure they have inspired more film-makers to join them.

If you are wondering why the IMAX format hasn’t been used much that’s because it is heavy, expensive, and loud. It is indeed the most immersive format available for all the film-makers, but only few so far has dared to shoot their films with it. I am glad to see P.T. Anderson, who is one of my favorite film-makers now joining the list of my other favorite film-makers like Christopher Nolan and Brad Bird. The next film, which is shot in IMAX is Christopher Nolan’s final batman film, The Dark Knight Rises.

Besides Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix the rest of the cast for  includes  Amy Adam, Lena Endre, Laura Dern, David Warshofsky and Jesse Plemons. A late 2012 release date is expected for the U.S.