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Paul Thomas Anderson on Why He Dropped Out of Film SchoolPaul Thomas Anderson is one of the more famous and successful film school dropouts, but the circumstances surrounding the way he left are pretty interesting. While he didn’t have much interest going to school in the first place, and didn’t have great grades in high school, he did eventually get into NYU, but with one foot already out the door by the time he got there, he came up with an interesting way to reassure himself that college was a complete waste of time. More »

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Paul Thomas Anderson That Moment documentary MagnoliaWhether or not it’s your cup of tea (or should I say milkshake?), Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia remains one of the defining films of the late 90s, and an important work in Anderson’s career. Director Mark Rance documented the entire production in his film That Moment: Magnolia Diarywhich, if you haven’t seen it already, is now online in all of its 72 minute glory: More »

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Martin ScorseseAny time Martin Scorsese talks about his approach to making movies, filmmakers would be wise to listen — especially when he’s being interviewed by fellow amazing director Paul Thomas Anderson. At a recent awards season screening for Wolf of Wall Street at the ICM Theater in Century City, Scorsese and his AD, Adam Somner, sit down with Anderson to talk about their approach to photographing the film, the controversies, and Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone was there to record the whole thing. Take a look after the jump. More »

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golden ratio there will be bloodEven if (like me) you are one of those souls who are congenitally allergic to mathematics, so much of creating a beautiful image involves numerical principles. Many classic films have made use of the number known as the “Golden Ratio” (1.618), as well as the visual device known as One-Point Perspective (a way to make a two-dimensional plane look three-dimensional), and now Vimeo user Ali Shirazi has put together a visual essay on the use of these, and other visual principles, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. More »

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P.T. Anderson CroppedBack in 1997, a young writer/director named Paul Thomas Anderson (who had already directed the excellent Hard Eight, alternately titled Sydney) made arguably the best film about the porn industry of the 70s to be released, well, probably ever. Anderson was able to take what would seem to be such a sleazy topic and turn it into art with his superb command of camera, editing, and direction of brilliant performances. Click below to read the screenplay for Boogie Nights and watch some of his early films, including the original Boogie Nights, his short The Dirk Diggler Story, as well as Cigarettes and Coffee, his hard to find short film. More »

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While you might have already seen the recent video featuring the history of the Steadicam in cinema, today we’ve got a video from Kevin B. Lee — who most recently gave us his best films of 2012 — that gets much more specific, and follows the career of Paul Thomas Anderson and his use of camera stabilizers. Not only does the video focus on specific shots in his films, but it also goes into the psychology of what the shots do (or are trying to do) for the scene in the context of the movies. More »