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The Director's Chair => Paul Thomas Anderson => Topic started by: modage on September 03, 2012, 06:43:40 PM

Title: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on September 03, 2012, 06:43:40 PM
speaking of interviews, are you (cigs&redvines) going to do an interview of PTA for the site??

Working on it...

Any burning Xixax questions?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 03, 2012, 08:59:40 PM
1 - Ask him if he knows about this place....

If he says "yes", ask him how creeped out he is by it? 


2 - Movies that inspired "The Master"? 


3 - Favorite movies of 2011 - 2012?


4 - Actors/actresses he would like to work with in the future?


5 - How was it working with Malaimare? What did he bring to the table? How different was it from working with Elswit?


6 - We know you currently writing INHERENT VICE, anything you can tell us about that process? Like do you just sit there and read the novel over and over again? do you watch movies for inspiration? what kind of research do you do for a "stoner movie"?



I really wanna know what his favorite movies of this year/past year were/are... Because I know he'll mention some obscure movie I've never heard of that is probably amazing. So if you get to ask just 1 question, ASK THAT ONE.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: MacGuffin on September 03, 2012, 10:43:47 PM
Ask him how many bears he has drunk.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 03, 2012, 10:56:47 PM
speaking of interviews, are you (cigs&redvines) going to do an interview of PTA for the site??

Working on it...

Any burning Xixax questions?

Can you ask him directly about Kubrick? About what he thinks about Kubrick's films
Also could you ask him about his encounter with him on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, what inspired him by that visit, what him and Kubrick talked about?

Also could you ask him what films visually inspired TWBB and The Master? As in the style of the lighting, cinematography.. essentially the look of the film ( I read that in the interview The Master's look was inspired by films shot on VistaVision like Vertigo & North By Northwest but if you could maybe milk some more films out of him, I'm sure there's heaps of them.)

I've been searching all over the net trying to find more about him and Kubrick, only thing I find is the Magnolia Q&A on youtube with Paul briefly mentioning it & The ASC article on TWBB with Robert Elswit talking about Paul wanting to do everything like Kubrick did.

Thanks, hopefully you get the chance Modage, best of luck!
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 03, 2012, 11:10:09 PM
Ask him how many bears he has drunk.


Marquee this...
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 03, 2012, 11:58:59 PM
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Also could you ask him what films visually inspired TWBB and The Master? As in the style of the lighting, cinematography.. essentially the look of the film ( I read that in the interview The Master's look was inspired by films shot on VistaVision like Vertigo & North By Northwest but if you could maybe milk some more films out of him, I'm sure there's heaps of them.)

I've been searching all over the net trying to find more about him and Kubrick, only thing I find is the Magnolia Q&A on youtube with Paul briefly mentioning it & The ASC article on TWBB with Robert Elswit talking about Paul wanting to do everything like Kubrick did.


^This. Heywood, yes. Great questions. Wow. His vision is becoming so fully unique that these questions/inquiries are spot-on.

Heywood, keep your eye out for the next American Cinematographer article. They will be releasing a 'The Master' spotlight very soon with Mihai involved. Have you read the TWBB one? So much quality information.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Kellen on September 04, 2012, 12:14:22 AM
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Can you ask him directly about Kubrick? About what he thinks about Kubrick's films
Also could you ask him about his encounter with him on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, what inspired him by that visit, what him and Kubrick talked about?



paul briefly mentions the kubrick/ews visit here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjsIlOVJr5E)  i'm guessing you've probably watched it before but if not..
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 04, 2012, 12:36:52 AM
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Can you ask him directly about Kubrick? About what he thinks about Kubrick's films
Also could you ask him about his encounter with him on the set of Eyes Wide Shut, what inspired him by that visit, what him and Kubrick talked about?



paul briefly mentions the kubrick/ews visit here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjsIlOVJr5E)  i'm guessing you've probably watched it before but if not..

Yep that's the one I mentioned when I wrote "The Magnolia Q&A on youtube", it's so brief, I want to know more. Plus what PTA took from that encounter back then, would mean a lot different when asked now, since he has deeply matured as filmmaker, his insight on that encounter would be much more interesting. Plus his thought's about Kubrick's films would be great, as we can see so many parallels in his work.

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Also could you ask him what films visually inspired TWBB and The Master? As in the style of the lighting, cinematography.. essentially the look of the film ( I read that in the interview The Master's look was inspired by films shot on VistaVision like Vertigo & North By Northwest but if you could maybe milk some more films out of him, I'm sure there's heaps of them.)

I've been searching all over the net trying to find more about him and Kubrick, only thing I find is the Magnolia Q&A on youtube with Paul briefly mentioning it & The ASC article on TWBB with Robert Elswit talking about Paul wanting to do everything like Kubrick did.


^This. Heywood, yes. Great questions. Wow. His vision is becoming so fully unique that these questions/inquiries are spot-on.

Heywood, keep your eye out for the next American Cinematographer article. They will be releasing a 'The Master' spotlight very soon with Mihai involved. Have you read the TWBB one? So much quality information.
Thanks heaps CloudAuteur, I read ASC regularly, but didn't know their next issue was on The Master  :yabbse-thumbup:
Plus that TWBB article in ASC is all sorts of brilliant, great insight into his filmmaking process from a technical standpoint and much more.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 04, 2012, 01:26:13 AM
Heywood:
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I read that in the interview The Master's look was inspired by films shot on VistaVision like Vertigo & North By Northwest

I actually just went to see Vertigo in 70mm today at Castro Theatre where we saw The Master a couple weeks ago. It was so interesting seeing The Master in 70mm there, and then Vertigo in 70mm at the same venue. Especially because most of The Master was shot in the bay area, as well as Vertigo. I can't say that the resemblance was uncanny...but...there are these tinges in the lighting, and in the eye-stabbing colors, the overall mood in the setting...you can just feel the inspiration. But PTA...he took it to a new level.

(...no bashing on Vertigo...but while watching i was wishing it was The Master I was watching...)
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on September 04, 2012, 02:24:30 AM
If he talks about Kubrick I only wanna hear what he thinks of his later films, Barry to EWS. He's already talked about his Kubrick encounter and not just in that Maggie interview but also in the one he did with Lars von Trier. I don't think he can add more to that, he'll just sound like a fanboy.

Ignoring Kubrick altogether, it'd be interesting to find out more on his favourite non American directors. He's just praised Apitchatpong Weeresathekul which opens up the floor to talk about other either current or dead great international directors.

He's spent so much of his career apeing his favourite American directors that it's just boring to hear how John Huston influenced him AGAIN, and name dropping all the same people. Sure, he's the greatest American director of his generation but he doesn't have to reflect his country's insular self obsessed nature. I want to hear how he's branched out.

 that's why it's amazing to hear his thoughts on that Thai dude.. he has NOTHING to do with California, and for once his shout out is not based on his usual nepotistic recommendations (he loves talking about his friends' movies).
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 04, 2012, 03:18:19 AM
I haven't seen that interview with Lars Von Trier can you please give the link?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: MacGuffin on September 04, 2012, 03:32:45 AM
I haven't seen that interview with Lars Von Trier can you please give the link?

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2011/04/flashback-friday-pt-anderson-talks-with.html?m=1
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 04, 2012, 07:39:34 AM
Thanks Macguffin, that's a really great read. Now that made me content with the details on his encounter with Kubrick.

However I'd still like to know more about Paul's thoughts on Kubrick's films, I want to know what he thinks about them, how he is inspired by them (technically & in terms of story/narrative), which film is his favourite etc.

And I agree with you about the suggestion of asking him about great international directors/films he's influenced by. He mentioned that obscure Thai director (Palm D'or not included) and I've already started watching Uncle Boonmee tonight.
It was on my radar when it was released because of the award, but I never got the chance to see it, and then it was simply forgotten.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Reelist on September 04, 2012, 08:36:31 AM
Ask him how many bears he has drunk.

I got your answer:

(http://www.dw.de/image/0,,3131512_4,00.jpg)


Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: wiped_out on September 04, 2012, 10:08:47 AM
what are some of his favorite books? Is he a fan of Norman Mailer? We know he digs Steinback.
ask if he is a fan of R.W Fassbinder? If so what movies?
Will he ever make a movie set NY? There were some sequences I read from the master draft where the story went to NYC but I guess that was axed.
What music is he into?
What are his top 10: Film Noir
what does he think of pre code movies?
Is he a fan of James Gray?


Since he is going to do Inherent Vice and thats a pretty trippy book, perhaps he should check out some experimental cinema
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MThQ8kQHEyg

also for all you asking questions on the look of There Will Be Blood: Greaser's Palace, watch that!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70gvvqs8GoQ
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Brando on September 04, 2012, 10:57:46 AM
I would be interested in hearing more about how he uses his influences from writers and novels. Maybe it's just fan boy obsession blowing up the importance of what he reads to influence a film but I always found it interesting that he's influenced by books that he reads as much as other films. Does it only influence him only in his writing, plotting out the story, theme and characters or does it influence the film visually at all?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Sleepless on September 04, 2012, 11:47:15 AM
What is his favorite book?

Any particular goals/ambitions in terms of projects (or something completely else) that he would like to achieve at some point in the future?

How has the experience of getting financing for The Master/Inherent Vice affected his approach to the movie-making business at all, and what are his thoughts regarding a creative's challenges within the contemporary industry?

Would he ever write/direct an episode of Maya's sit-com?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: cinemanarchist on September 04, 2012, 02:13:31 PM
Does he see himself continuing to shoot on film as long as he can?

What was the genesis for the screenings in SF, LA, and NYC? Were they all his idea? Did he have a good time screening the film in this slightly unusual manner?

What was the last movie he saw in a theater and how often does he actually go out to movies?

Does he plan on recording a director's commentary for The Master or any of his upcoming films? He seemed to really enjoy the ones he did for Boogie and Hard Eight, does he not see the use in them anymore or are there other reasons he stopped recording them? I know some films you want to speak solely on their own, but weighing that with the lessons you can share with future filmmakers is a conversation worth having.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on September 04, 2012, 02:38:34 PM
Are we ever going to see David Lynch's son's making of There Will Be Blood? Is there any possibility of that at all?

For those of us who can't see The Master in the intended format, how does he recommend us seeing it? Is 35MM the more correct way?

Hhhmmmm... I can't think of anything else I'd really like to know except more random questions like is he only going to make Inherent Vice with Downey? Is his father going to be in it? Does he agree with the Tarantino comparisons stating they're the De Palma/Scorsese/Brando/Montgomery Cliff of today?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: MacGuffin on September 04, 2012, 04:08:52 PM
Ask him how many bears he has drunk.

I got your answer:

(http://www.dw.de/image/0,,3131512_4,00.jpg)


Then ask him, left nut or right arm?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: 72teeth on September 04, 2012, 04:27:29 PM

Do you still feel that, for better or worse, Magnolia will be the best film you ever make?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: jumjum on September 04, 2012, 04:31:06 PM
I would like to hear an updated answer to this question:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7npmu9Ge_OY

How does he feel about digital cameras and projections today?
Is 70mm film a way to compete with digital?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Sleepless on September 04, 2012, 04:50:37 PM
Ask about his involvement in the marketing of the movies. We all know he's very involved, but to what extent?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 04, 2012, 04:56:00 PM
Ask him how many bears he has drunk.

I got your answer:

(http://www.dw.de/image/0,,3131512_4,00.jpg)


Then ask him, left nut or right arm?


As of today, this is my favorite thread...   



Questions for PTA:


- What books is he reading at the moment?

- Seeing as Joaquin stayed in character throughout the whole shoot, How hard was it to Direct him?

- Will he ever get a twitter?

- Will he ever work with Mark Walhberg again?


and the most important one of all...


DOES HE WATCH BREAKING BAD?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: RegularKarate on September 04, 2012, 05:30:30 PM
He seems to have abandoned needle-drops for his last couple movies, but if he were going to drop a song or two into TWBB or The Master, what would they have been?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: I am Schmi on September 04, 2012, 05:32:30 PM
Some pretty interesting questions here. I especially like Brando's and Sleepless' (last) questions. I only have one question:




-Aside from Cigarettes and Coffee, did he ever submit other short films into festivals and get rejected?-





I know that the answer is probably no, however I'd like to know for good. Thanks, Mod.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on September 04, 2012, 07:48:36 PM
1 - Ask him if he knows about this place....

If he says "yes", ask him how creeped out he is by it? 


(http://i.imgur.com/xTZfU.jpg)

Yes.  Alot.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 04, 2012, 08:20:46 PM
^

I don't even wanna know what that is....


Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Brando on September 04, 2012, 09:03:48 PM
^

I don't even wanna know what that is....



edit: removed unnecessary quote

It means he does know about this place but only reads the Breaking Bad board.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on September 04, 2012, 10:29:27 PM
good...you're too young to understand but some day you'll understand...now run along lil one.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 04, 2012, 10:43:23 PM
good...you're too young to understand but some day you'll understand...now run along lil one.



(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_bemI3f1sHlU/TGrDISSTRAI/AAAAAAAAAew/u78PbWhXIN0/s1600/biglebowski%2Bwalter%2Breally%2Bdude.jpg)



Now Back to the thread...


Q:   "Paul, what's your relationship with Brett Ratner at the moment?"
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on September 04, 2012, 10:53:44 PM
reminds me of the day, the Q and A, of PDL....u lames were thrown softballs....glad i had the balls to nail it and ask some hard hitting questions....

aight boys just came back from the pdl screening and pta q and a.....every question was rather lame, as they have been repeated again and again, the same hey, im a aspiring blah blah and whats the deal with the frogs...everyone laughed and sighed and pta was just kinda like...fuck not this....after his answer he said half jokingly i hope that answers your fucking frog question! fucking great...another person quesitoned if the michael penn try video was really one take, and what the old fashioned trick was, simply put pta kinda laughed and said running, running thats the trick....word....then he asked if he had comments on the whole kevin smith/pta shit...and pta pretty much said i dont give a fuck..leave me alone..i asked him about the movie with no dialogue and the script he was writing for for about 3-4 years...like most magicians he kept his screts to himself..and said it was an adventure type peice but he said shit can transform like his boogie nights script did when he first wrote the mockumentary when he was 19...but the mannerisms and the tone of voice was just everythign i expected...i really do love that mans voice, i guess the ghouladi jeans are passed down....but it was just a overall amazing night and hbas inpsired me to know end...mad peoipole were hovering around him for autographjs alot of wierd shit to...i had him sign my pdl dvd and i told himt o sign it xixax.com...he kinda mumbled not sure what is was....kinda gave me a smile and realized what it was and was kinda like..ohhhhh i know what this is....we smiled we shook hands and that was that...  (http://www.lawpower.net/sequencemag/download.php/1,7/pta.jpg)

I asked him about the Radiohead scoring his film too....but shiettt...what do kids know? That was almost 10 years ago, you were prolly just learning on to pee standin up.....

If you're mother only knew....that you was tryin to get with P.

Been there, done that, you got guns? I got straps. word
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 04, 2012, 10:57:46 PM
O.... k....

http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=2406.0


See, now I know what you're talking about dude.. Finally your condescending drunk rambling makes sense!... Damn that was back in 2003?   And you got him to sign it for "Xixax"?



RESPECT
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 04, 2012, 11:53:08 PM
Wow at that picture, what a legend.

I have an obvious question that should be asked if we don't find an answer until then.

Why did he release alternate takes/unused footage from the film in the teasers and trailers?

We all have our theories, but it'd be nice, not to mention concrete, if he were to shed some light on that
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: InTylerWeTrust on September 05, 2012, 12:11:20 AM

Why did he release alternate takes/unused footage from the film in the teasers and trailers?


Funny that is YOU asking that question, because you (a couple weeks ago) gave a very interesting plausible reason:





"Plus for a lot of the scenes that ARE in the movie, they used a lot of alternate takes for the trailers. So the experience of seeing the movie can actually be FRESH"

Why would PTA do that?
I think it is showing how a person remembers a memory or an experience, it's not exactly how it really was, it's not 'The Master of that Memory' (Thanks Pubrick) it's how you comprehended it at that point in time, from a perspective you had at that point in time, how you 'processed' that information.

And I think the 3rd Teaser fits in here beautifully.

LOVE. Love is a key to how this works. Remember from personal experience, when you have been in Love, even if that Love is diminished, that memory that you might have from an experience you processed when you were in love, still holds that emotional value that you attributed to it back then, hence that memory is not like how it really was, but how you remembered it to be.

I might be stretching it here, but I actually have strong faith in this next point, otherwise why would Paul even do it this way?

Okay, now let's look at the teasers and trailers.

I've already seen people mention that the teasers aren't colour corrected... but what if they weren't meant to be? What if the blown out hazy look of the teasers were meant to represent a memory of that scene. Not 'The Master Experience'. What if the reason PTA released these in only 720p was to achieve a fragment, a hazy look, not well defined and beautiful but a flashback. When you remember a memory, you don't really remember details, you remember just the focus of the memory, usually just the conversation etc.[/size]


The more I think about your theory, the more sense it all makes...  The teasers do look like short pieces of dreams/memories that form a part of a bigger picture. The first teaser, in my opinion, being the key piece in all of this.

I think if Paul were to be asked that question, he would not answer it... or he would give some bullshit non-explanatory answer. And good for him. It's best to NOT know and draw our conclusions/theories.

But your theory is definitely the best one at this point.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on September 06, 2012, 06:06:18 AM
based on a post from Quirky delights in PDL (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=419.msg318373#msg318373)..

Why hasn't PDL been released on bluray? Is a "superbit" dvd release good enough to the point of rendering a quality blu transfer redundant?

He should care about the home release of his films because it's how everyone in the world is going to see his work after the elite theatrical runs.

Not to belabor the comparison, but Kubrick (whom all great post-Kubrick directors must be measured by) spent a large part of his time making sure that his films were being released to decent specifications. Unfortunately, the capabilities of VHS and 4:3 CRT TVs were pitiful and he had to contend with the lamest possible reproduction constraints. Still, he made the most of it by diligently "protecting the frame" (his words) in his post 1980 films so they could be enjoyed in the ancient VHS era.

Even with those restrictions old man Kube still had the foresight to know that eventually people MUST be able to see things in high definition, evidenced by the extremely fine detail present in every inch of his films. SO it is incumbent upon modern makers of masterpieces to make sure the best possible version of their works is available for home viewing, employing the best modern technology, and not just be satisfied that a few hundred douche bags will get to see their films in 70mm.. while the rest are left sitting at home with their limp lo-res dicks in their hands.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 06, 2012, 06:44:24 AM
Xpost from Quirky delights in PDL (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=419.msg318373#msg318373)..

Why hasn't PDL been released on bluray? Is a "superbit" dvd release good enough to the point of rendering a quality blu transfer redundant?

He should care about the home release of his films because it's how everyone in the world is going to see his work after the elite theatrical runs.

Not to belabor the comparison, but Kubrick (whom all great post-Kubrick directors must be measured by) spent a large part of his time making sure that his films were being released to decent specifications. Unfortunately, the capabilities of VHS and 4:3 CRT TVs were pitiful and he had to contend with the lamest possible reproduction constraints. Still, he made the most of it by diligently "protecting the frame" (his words) in his post 1980 films so they could be enjoyed in the ancient VHS era.

Even with those restrictions old man Kube still had the foresight to know that eventually people MUST be able to see things in high definition, evidenced by the extremely fine detail present in every inch of his films. SO it is incumbent upon modern makers of masterpieces to make sure the best possible version of their works is available for home viewing, employing the best modern technology, and not just be satisfied that a few hundred douche bags will get to see their films in 70mm.. while the rest are left sitting at home with their limp lo-res dicks in their hands.

Hands down best comment I've read since I registered on Xixax.  :bravo:

I completely agree with you, Films essentially become classics at home, regardless how well/poor it was received in it's theatrical run.

I also half believe that Paul might have decided to shoot The Master in 70mm due to the emergence of blu-ray. Does anyone else think so?

Especially what I find curious is his comment 'we just brought in the edges' essentially changing the AR from it's native 2.20:1 to 1.85:1, was he thinking about the HDTV Aspect Ratio? acknowledging the promise of the future of home releases? Because let's be honest, we can't experience the full scope of films like Ben Hur, which has an incredible blu-ray transfer from 70mm, but has an extremely wide AR of 2.76:1 because it was intended for cinerama.

But films with an aspect ratio of 1:85 on HDTV's are much more absorbing & immersive, for example The Shining on blu-ray.
So was PTA thinking about the home releases of The Master when he made the decision to frame the film by bringing in the edges? I think that's an important question to also ask
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 06, 2012, 03:38:03 PM
Great posts from both of you guys.

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So was PTA thinking about the home releases of The Master when he made the decision to frame the film by bringing in the edges? I think that's an important question to also ask

I don't have the direct quote from what he said in the Q&A, but just to paraphrase I think he said that he brought in the edges because The Master isn't an "epic". He was mumbling about how it was usually an "epic" format from the 50's/60's, so was he saying that The Master is not an epic? His response was very vague. We need a more in-depth response to that question I think.

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Films essentially become classics at home, regardless how well/poor it was received in it's theatrical run.

That hits it home right there. It's kind of sad that that's the case. But, that's why revival cinema's are fucking gems.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: P Heat on September 06, 2012, 09:44:18 PM
1. Amy Adams the new Julianne Moore for you?
2. You're a clear John Huston fan, was "Wise Blood" any inspiration? How do you compare that film to his others?
3. Aaron Paul has openly state his love for your work and his interest in being involved with you in any way. What do you think of him? Working with him a possibility?
4.  How much times have you watched "Bad Santa" this year or are going to? Would you like to make a dark comedy like it?
5. You're a family man. After "The Master" promotion will you be going back to a hiatus or "Inherent Vice" is something you really want to make? Luis Guzman would be awesome for it. (Kinda answered in the VVoice interview but I still want to ask)
6. Ever been to Florida? If so how to you like it compared to California.

Any of these get answered I would cry.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Reelist on September 06, 2012, 10:40:23 PM
Any of these get answered I would cry.

Me too. For P(ete)TA's sake
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Neil on September 06, 2012, 10:43:15 PM
You will  cry once you hear his opinion on Florida? Are you Al Gore?



I'm throwin' rocks tonight!

No. Seriously,

"So Paul, Aside from Inherent vice and any other projects buzzing around the Internets, what else do you have on the back burners?"

He's clearly a guy who plays it close to the vest, but hey, it could happen.  Maybe the 1000th time will be the one he gives into.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: matt35mm on September 06, 2012, 11:01:45 PM
Do you realize that we are your biggest truest deepest fans? Next time you're gonna pull a secret screening, can it be for us? Tip us off, at least? We won't say a word to anyone else. Kisses and hugs. Love, XIXAX.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Kellen on September 06, 2012, 11:44:13 PM
"Have you watched Cabin Fever lately?"


But seriously though,  it would be cool to see what younger/newer directors he likes to watch films from.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on September 07, 2012, 12:05:04 AM
"Have you watched Cabin Fever lately?"

No no, "have you seen the cabin fever bluray and listened to the commentary (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11297.0)?"

This would be a good question.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on September 07, 2012, 03:52:48 AM
"Have you watched Cabin Fever lately?"

No no, "have you seen the cabin fever bluray and listened to the commentary (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11297.0)?"

This would be a good question.

Seriously, this would be a great question. But PTA's reaction should be recorded when reading it.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pozer on September 08, 2012, 11:11:47 AM
ballsy question: did the tragic loss of his friend jeremy blake stir any form of inspirati--eh, he wouldnt touch this one.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Bethie on September 09, 2012, 01:36:32 AM
Ask him how many bears he has drunk.

I got your answer:

(http://www.dw.de/image/0,,3131512_4,00.jpg)


Then ask him, left nut or right arm?

you guys. you guys. this bear thing. i even laugh about it later

i also just read a tweet that ebert retweeted, "You think film festival audiences are smart, savvy, discerning viewers until the Q&A, when you realize they're morons."

all of you.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 09, 2012, 02:46:47 AM
I really don't have a concrete question, but I'm extremely curious about how the editing process for The Master differed from the rest of his films. I've seen the film, and the trailers show that it could have been so many different entities. It almost feels like it could have been cut into a mini-series. It's slightly disappointing because so many of those scenes/shots from the trailer were so poetic and full of depth. They showed so many different layers to the characters/story--but now they are lost.

After my first viewing, I'd impulsively say that some of the guts of the story could have been lost somewhere in the editing room...but that's on one viewing...still a bit blind...I'm even more fucking excited for the second viewing than I was for the first.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on September 09, 2012, 11:08:21 AM
^ One reason why I'm not watching the trailers (until after the film). Well, except the first teaser. But I barely remember it.

But that's a disappointing review. Are you saying it's edited in a conventional way?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 09, 2012, 01:01:27 PM
I also didn't watch any of the trailers. Stay strong man, it's worth it. You'll enjoy the trailers afterwards for dessert  :yabbse-thumbup:

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But that's a disappointing review.

It's more of an observation than a review. Here's my non-disappointing/spoiler-free review (keep in mind, first viewing):

The film just washed over me like a "hazy fever dream" as somebody else put it. It was angry, it was drunk, it was dark, it was hilarious (HILARIOUS), it was brutal, it was dreamy/hazy, it was beautiful, it was endearing, it was a concoction of feelings...it's a film that needs to be viewed so many times. It is EASILY PTA's most DENSE work to date. EASILY. This one is for the analyst, for the intuitionist...the scenes are so thick. Some of the greatest sequences ever put on film. This is a fucking experience.

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Are you saying it's edited in a conventional way?

I'm saying the opposite, actually. The film is edited completely unconventionally, the editing is sublime to say the least. But in it's sublime nature, it leaves a lot of things behind that were probably just as juicy. Let me just put it this way, this film was much more like a beautiful piece of music than a great novel. And after you see some of the greatest trailers ever made, you'll realize that there was SO MUCH more to these characters, so much more to some of the scenes presented, and so many more stories that could have been told with it than we even know. So, this isn't really about being disappointed, it's about being a bit greedy.

EDIT: Just keep in mind that I can feel completely different about all of this after the next viewing...and the one after that.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 11, 2012, 03:58:06 PM
Wow at that picture, what a legend.

I have an obvious question that should be asked if we don't find an answer until then.

Why did he release alternate takes/unused footage from the film in the teasers and trailers?

We all have our theories, but it'd be nice, not to mention concrete, if he were to shed some light on that

Here is some light shed on the question I asked last week:
What's the secret to a great trailer?
PTA: I don't know. In the case of Leslie Jones -- the editor I work with, She's the one who's spearheaded a lot of that stuff -- we started doing stuff like that on "Punch Drunk Love," where we had a lot of material that wasn't in the film and we wanted to work with it. But we didn't have any place to put it. It didn't belong in the film. So I don't know. Hopefully they can stand alone as their own little weird little things. They've been fun to do. Really fun. Kinda great. Yeah. Kinda great. Fun.

Full interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/09/11/paul-thomas-anderson-the-master_n_1874053.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/09/11/paul-thomas-anderson-the-master_n_1874053.html)
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: ElPandaRoyal on September 12, 2012, 04:41:46 AM
I don't know if this is interesting or not, and I remember Paul refusing to answer a similar question years ago, but let me give it a try:

Is there a reason why Leslie Jones is back as editor and frequent collaborator Dylan Tichenor is out of this one? Are there any considerable differences in the way they approach their work?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: matt35mm on September 12, 2012, 10:54:50 AM
Maybe there was something about the way it was phrased the previous time he was asked that question, but if the emphasis is on the "differences in the way they approach their work" part, then it seems like a perfectly legit question. I'd love for that question to be asked... the editing in Punch-Drunk Love and in The Master lean toward experimental, in the sense that PTA seemed more open to trying different ways of cutting the material together. I almost get the sense there are were many cuts of The Master before settling on this cut. I'd love to hear about this process, and it's not a question I remember being asked before.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 14, 2012, 08:26:14 PM
Found this in the IMDB boards:

smoghani23: "In all honesty, seeing that the film is regarding the ideals of cult, I'd love for this film to have been an intentional project to have had these unorthadox elements of storytelling and ambiguity to have intentionally seen who is willing to jump onboard (critics, fans, etc.) and call him a genius, much like how the followers of Lancaster revered him as a genius. Then I'd call this film a masterpiece for brilliantly breaking the fourth wall and becoming more than just a movie."


It would be interesting to actually read this to Paul and see his reaction  :ponder:
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: ono on September 14, 2012, 08:46:24 PM
That's kind of one of the most simultaneously endearing and infuriating things about him, though.  He's not about to get into any deep discussions about his intentions.  At that press conference he looked so weary and unimpressed with any sort of attempt to engage him or get him to engage with his material or show his hand.  I think that kind of layered filmmaking is a bit too clever and cute for PTA, and his schtick is much different.  He doesn't set out go say something immediately, but rather is drawn to material and ends up telling a similar story in a better way, shuffling the deck of themes we're so used to, dealing 'em out in different orders and combinations.

As for PTA using unorthodox methods of storytelling, smoghani23 is too used to a frankly "American" or "Hollywood" way of seeing a film unreel.  If the editing throws you off and helps reveal the story in a refreshing way, that in itself is the reward.  I look to the editing of two films I remember that have done this novelly.  Off the top of my head it'd be Greenaway's The Pillow Book and Breillat's Fat Girl.  I haven't seen The Master yet, so I can't compare and contrast.  But the world is more than this continent, especially where editing is concerned.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on September 14, 2012, 09:00:28 PM
^The question/idea is flawed and probably posted by someone who has never taken films seriously before.

The fact he considers it a possibility that PTA would make "just a movie" reveals his lack of insight into PTA and disdain for movies in general. He's had one idea permeate his narrow mind through the sheer force of PTA's clearly meaningful intentions, so he's convinced he must have cracked the case.

He talks like a conspiracy theorist, which as I've mentioned regarding the shining (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=11743.msg311870#msg311870), seems to be the only way people can talk about a movie having any meaning.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Tictacbk on September 14, 2012, 09:32:11 PM
I'd rather just wait for The Master Insider podcast to come out.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on September 14, 2012, 11:46:05 PM
I definitely agree with you guys, no question. I just thought the idea was pretty hilarious. PTA would have a nice laugh. You guys gotta know that this film is nothing like any of his previous work though. Even though PTA approaches all of his films fresh, this one is the most drastic of a change. I really don't think you can analyze it like a normal PTA film, whatever that means. Need to see it again, can't fucking wait.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on September 19, 2012, 01:12:33 PM
Why doesn't he record commentaries for his films (Magnolia onwards)?

Does he plan on recording commentaries in the future?

Since he himself said he learnt a lot from watching films with commentaries, I'm surprised he's stopped doing them.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: ©brad on September 19, 2012, 05:26:38 PM
Why doesn't he record commentaries for his films (Magnolia onwards)?

Does he plan on recording commentaries in the future?

Since he himself said he learnt a lot from watching films with commentaries, I'm surprised he's stopped doing them.

Wants films to speak for themselves. I remember him also saying a lot of people misinterpreted/took as gospel things he said on the Boogie commentary.

Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: NEON MERCURY on September 19, 2012, 10:29:16 PM
ask him when he plans to finally finish his metal gear solid film.


please
 :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on September 25, 2012, 01:06:29 PM
Could you describe how your screenwriting process changed/evolved over the years? In interviews during the Boogie Nights/ Magnolia era, you suggested the characters and stories poured out during moments of inspiration. Since your later films, especially The Master are focused on one or two characters instead of ensemble pieces, do you spend more time researching the character (ie. his backstory) than before? Do you put more emphasis on how a character will reveal the themes and ideas youre trying to work out, more than a traditional story? Is focusing your story on fewer characters able to give them a depth and richness you weren't able to in an ensemble cast like magnolia?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on October 04, 2012, 09:38:06 PM
This may seem like a really simply obvious question, but I always wanted to know how PTA holds his laughter during the ridiculously, absurdly fucking hilarious moments in his films? Especially when they just come from left field without him knowing? (MASTER SPOILER) I read in a recent interview that he had to leave the room when Amy Adams was reading Victorian porn (END SPOILER). How often does that happen?! Some of these moments seem improvised even!

The main reason why it seems so much harder to hold your laugh in PTA's films than in shooting a normal comedy movie is because most of the time it's hilarious in how serious the context is. It must be impossible to not just burst.

Examples:

When Plainview puts the tablecloth on his head! WTF. I sometimes laugh through that whole scene.

Anything with Daniel Plainview really.

Anything with Adam Sandler.

Anything with Philip S. Hoffman

Goes on...


Has his laughter ever been caught in the audio track? I can't even imagine holding that shit in on set.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: ono on October 05, 2012, 01:29:27 AM
spoilers

Well, I read somewhere else that the Vic porn thing was improvised.  He came across it and thought to himself, wouldn't it be funny as hell to get Amy to read this.  So he did.  He's still just a horny teenager at heart, that one.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Ulivija on November 14, 2012, 04:08:59 PM
I have a question about "Sydney/Hard Eight". I know that it was filmed on 35mm, so the director has a choice of different aspect ratios.

I think that both 1.33 and 2.35 versions on the "Hard Eight" DVD are inadequate. In 2.35, there are close-ups of John C. Reilly that cut off his head. It just doesn't look good.

So, my question is, can we have an alternate 1.85 aspect ratio version of "Sydney" that would open up the black bars, and capture more image on top and bottom, as well as left and right side?

Since "The Master" is filmed in 1.85, I think that "Sydney" could be a wonderful aspect ratio soul mate to "The Master". It's my dream to watch "Sydney" on Bluray in 1.85!
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on November 14, 2012, 06:25:56 PM
It was filmed in Super35 before PTA was allowed budgets that granted him to shoot anamorphically as he did in every film outside of The Master.  I'm not sure what shot you're talking about specifically, but it was most likely intentionally framed that way.  Outside of the horribly out of focus steadicam shot of PBH walking up the stairs into the hotel, the film is shot and lit superbly.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Ulivija on November 14, 2012, 09:28:11 PM
I'm not smart enough to attach images, so I put them into a youtube video. The images I captured through the VLC media player aren't exact, but they're pretty close.  This shot is from the cash-to-tokens sequence, but there are more examples.

I agree that "Sydney" is shot and lit superbly. It's the 2.35 version (on the Sony Region 1 DVD) that seems badly botched, so I watch the 1.33 version instead.

The 1.33 version doesn't look right either (too much "dead" space in the top and bottom of the image), but at least it doesn't cut off John C. Reilly's head.

Hence, I dream of a 1.85 compromise for "Sydney", if it ever comes out on Bluray. Also, I believe that close-ups look much better in 1.85 than 2.35, which is why I adore "The Master". "Sydney" is a chamber piece, just like "The Master", and 1.85 just seems ideal (to me) for both of these masterpieces.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3QEb8MEuvQ&feature=youtu.be

David Thomson wrote in the 2002 edition of the Biographical Dictionary of Film:

"Magnolia is PTA's most youthful and indulgent film - and Hard Eight, his best and most austere."
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: P Heat on December 12, 2012, 04:23:05 AM
How possible is this interview still ?

I want one of the Mods or CJ, whoever can get in touch with PTA with these questions to ask..

Ask P.T if he watches Dave Attell's "Dave's old porn" show in showtime. Also if he would like to be one of th e "friends" that comes over and talks shit lol. how fucking great would that be. PT has to still love old porn.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Reelist on December 12, 2012, 10:23:34 AM
^That's a great question. Love that show, wish I had showtime so I could watch it.


Has PTA ever mentioned what his favorite film is, like ever? Don't say Ted or I'll fucking kill you.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on December 12, 2012, 10:54:10 AM
On the spot he named "The Black Stallion" during the Aero Q&A (http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2012/11/interview-aero-q-magnolia.html)

PTA: My all time favorite movie? Right now my all time favorite movie would be, oh God I donít want to Ė you go first.
ADAM SANDLER: Yeah, no I donít really have a favorite I have oneís that rocked me as a kid that I thought about the most. You know what blew me away as a kid? Oliver. That killed me.
PTA: The Black Stallion just popped into my head, a movie I loved when I was a kid.
ADAM SANDLER: Yes, yes. That was a great one. Diamonds are Forever was a good one too.

Mihai (http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2012/12/sight-sound-crowns-master-as-best-film.html) also said 'Black Stallion' was a reference point on "The Master."

(Also: questions were submitted a while back, sorry. Still no reply though...)
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on January 21, 2013, 02:19:15 AM
This is coming next week. And it's good. :)
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on January 27, 2013, 03:59:22 PM
PTA interview coming tomorrow morning. Appreciate any/all social media assistance.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Reelist on January 27, 2013, 04:07:21 PM
Damn, I wish I'd actually taken this seriously back in September...

but my one truly burning question has already been answered ( bout his favorite movie )

any attempt of mine at something thought provoking has probably been asked a million times, but there are enough great ones in this thread. I hope they were gotten to.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Kellen on January 27, 2013, 05:42:54 PM
You're the man Modage!  :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on January 28, 2013, 05:59:01 AM
PTA interview coming tomorrow morning. Appreciate any/all social media assistance.
Can't wait man, hoping you covered if the PDL Blu will be released via Criterion.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on January 28, 2013, 09:00:29 AM
Enjoy.

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/01/exclusive-making-master-with-paul.html
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Frederico Fellini on January 28, 2013, 10:14:35 AM
Holy shit, man. GREAT JOB!  That was fucking amazing....

Now I need to go watch and listen and read everything he mentioned. Starting with the John O'hara short stories and then "V".
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Neil on January 28, 2013, 02:19:21 PM
First things first,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1udS3o5tVu4


Unreal.

Great read.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 28, 2013, 02:59:53 PM
Fantastic interview! My favorite question was the one about deleted scenes and whether they should be considered extensions of the movie etc. Interesting that he said no. That's in contrast to David Lynch for example... the Inland Empire deleted scenes are called "More Things That Happened."
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on January 28, 2013, 06:59:49 PM
That's in contrast to David Lynch for example... the Inland Empire deleted scenes are called "More Things That Happened."

i think that's one of the only dumb questions on the interview. the movie is what the movie is, there's no alternate versions anywhere.

anything else is just fan fiction.

but if we're comparing delicious apples to rancid oranges then it is also "interesting" to note that, in contrast to Lynch, PTA did not make the worst movie of his career.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on January 28, 2013, 07:19:47 PM
Really? I think it's a great question.

It's not "fan fiction" when the filmmaker himself includes deleted scenes on the DVD. When such a deleted scene is presented to us, it at least raises the question about whether it's canon, or canon-adjacent, or not canon at all. Mod's example of there being much more to Becky's story is a perfect example. Should we watch her storyline in Boogie Nights believing that's what ultimately happens, or something that could have happened, or something that did not happen? PTA gave his answer, and obviously other filmmakers feel differently. Definitely an interesting topic.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on January 28, 2013, 09:12:59 PM
Thanks everyone! And thanks for all your questions in this thread which I re-read several times while trying to come up with the best questions he had not been asked already.

The reason I asked about the deleted scenes for this one specifically is because he actually LED with them in the marketing. Because the Freddie/Dr. scene in the first teaser is so iconic (and not in the film) I was interested to see if he thought these should be considered canon and "more things that happened." Weird to present a bunch of stuff that doesn't actually take place (even in the universe of the characters), no?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on January 28, 2013, 09:48:31 PM
that's fine and understandable but that's not what you actually asked.

you framed the question about entire deleted scenes and sequences and their exclusion from the actual film itself. that's different from asking if advertising material prepared by the director himself has any place in canon. my opinion on this is YES, it does. but that's entirely different from discussing a whole scene which was never officially released.

a snippet of something, even just an image, is canon if it is prepared by the author as a way to set the tone for the whole piece. every image in the posters is canon, whether they came from an actual scene in the movie or not. likewise, every clip in the trailers is canon.. or rather this should have been the question, as maybe all we needed to see of Freddie waving a gun drunkenly is just that, the image of him doing so, and being an image that was released as part of the promotional material approved for wide distribution by PTA himself, that single image and the impression it makes is an aspect of the film we are allowed to consider.

I plan to expand on the use of alternate takes and fragments of scenes in the promotional material, as i think there was a definite purpose in the way he released them and the footage he used in them. i already covered the basics of structural parallels between the first two teasers in the fanalysis thread, but there's more to it, and while it may not hold as much weight as the footage ultimately found in the film, it definitely holds more weight than entire scenes which we have never seen.

the question he answered is the one you asked, not the question you think you asked.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on January 29, 2013, 12:57:59 AM
Making this a series with the rest of the crew/cast was an amazing idea/opportunity. Have fun, and thank you!
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on January 29, 2013, 01:30:32 AM
Congrats on the exclusive.  Its always nice to imagine PTA's soft spoken voice during these interviews, and maybe it just ended to soon,  but I found the interview slightly disappointing.  Maybe its because we've been so spoiled in the past with the funny and charming younger PTA interviews (I'm talking BN and Magnolia days), but I can't help but feel that PTA is just being polite when he's answering these questions.  Never mind the poor grammar and mild stream of consciousness, as that has always been his style,  (see http://www.aintitcool.com/node/5949) but his tone is seemingly obligatory, in the fashion of "letting the film speak for itself".   I guess that's just the way the page's age, but it would be great if he surprised us with a DVD commentary for IV. 

In regards to the Slow Boat to China references, I noticed on song's wiki page, that it was featured in Peter Greenaway's 8 1/2 Women - a film about a father and son relationship.  It could be a stretch, and although I haven't seen the film (been trying to track it down for a little while),  me thinks PTA, being the avid researcher and film lover, may be familiar with the film and it some how creeped into his consciousness.  Anyone familiar with the scene I'm talking about? 

Edit:  The 8 1/2 Women scene can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mebiiVrbVdg  (the pacing parallels the Master quite well)
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: DocSportello on January 29, 2013, 01:18:07 PM
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but it would be great if he surprised us with a DVD commentary for IV


It took me the longest time to figure out what you meant by that as I had read "IV" as the roman numeral for 4. Then I was all like:  :doh:

Great job on the interview Mod.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: diggler on January 30, 2013, 08:06:40 AM
Really great questions, he deflected some of the more interesting ones, but still a good read.

Can't believe he hasn't seen the Wire.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Frederico Fellini on January 30, 2013, 08:18:19 AM

Edit:  The 8 1/2 Women scene can be viewed here:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mebiiVrbVdg 

(the pacing parallels the Master quite well)




Oh yeah, at 13:25... It's uncanny. Good catch, man.


I love Greenaway but I think Paul did it better. Much more emotional.

On another note, that's another layer to this film, for years to come we're gonna keep finding all these references and subconscious inspirations which really don't matter because the film speaks for itself, but it's always fun to find those as it makes us understand his filmmaking process a lot better. It also sparks the question:  HOW MANY MOVIES A DAY DOES PAUL WATCH? The guy has a bunch of kids and a wife. I have no kids, I watch movies everyday and I still can't catch up. Fuck.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on January 30, 2013, 08:19:27 AM
Can't believe he hasn't seen the Wire.

this might explain it (http://xixax.com/index.php?topic=5590.msg122618#msg122618).
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on January 30, 2013, 10:21:20 AM
Isnt his wife half black? Ebert, Lucas and PTA.  Who woulda thought?!

I remeber PTA saying in an audio interview that when he was 18-19, he'd pop a dvd in at the morning, afternoon and night.  Kind of reminds me of that Sublime song...

Also, in 8 1/2 Women, Slow Boat to China rolls in the credits at the end. 
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Reelist on January 30, 2013, 01:05:47 PM
Isnt his wife half black?

well, he likes using different blacks in his movies, but just one in the bedroom


I remeber PTA saying in an audio interview that when he was 18-19, he'd pop a dvd in at the morning, afternoon and night. 

Damn, that dude's always been ahead of the curve with home theater technology...


Kind of reminds me of that Sublime song...

so he only watched Spike Lee movies?
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on January 30, 2013, 03:47:27 PM
Would smoke three spike lee joints just for u reelist.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on February 03, 2013, 08:14:42 AM
Interview with JoAnne Sellar coming tomorrow.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on February 04, 2013, 11:04:18 AM
"Making The Master" Part II with JoAnne Sellar:
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-making-master-with-producer.html
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: malkovich on February 04, 2013, 09:49:17 PM
fucking fantastic interview. you're doing a killer job with these, mod. i had no idea how involved sellar's job actually is, and i love her that much more now.

 :bravo:
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Cloudy on February 05, 2013, 09:30:14 PM
You really are Modage. I'm anticipating the Jack Fisk interview A LOT (if that subtle hint means you got him =). I really don't think PTA exaggerates very much in how huge his position is in the whole production.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: md on February 05, 2013, 11:40:09 PM
Hey Mod, not to steal your thunder, cuz you're doing a helluva job...but can you ever do a Catchin' up with Greg Mariotti interview? I'm sure he would appreciate it and so would some old skoolers around here that know what I'm talking about...you know who you are...
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on February 06, 2013, 12:02:45 AM
Hey Mod, not to steal your thunder, cuz you're doing a helluva job...but can you ever do a Catchin' up with Greg Mariotti interview? I'm sure he would appreciate it and so would some old skoolers around here that know what I'm talking about...you know who you are...

 no way,  that guy's a jerk.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on February 06, 2013, 03:35:44 PM
Interview with Mark Bridges (costume designer on every PTA film) coming tomorrow. We talk Joaquin's high pants, PTA's understanding of color informing emotion and which 60s film he's looking at for "Inherent Vice" inspiration.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Reelist on February 06, 2013, 04:06:47 PM
I will be your assistant for free and clean your house and shit for free if you let me work with you
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on February 07, 2013, 09:08:27 AM
"Making The Master" Part III with Costume Designer Mark Bridges
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-making-master-with-costume.html
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: Pubrick on February 07, 2013, 10:02:48 AM
thanks [for the] interview, dude. keep [up] the good [work].

do they [mind] that you put in all those [extra bits] in their responses? 

did the tape cut out or was it just unclear or what? i tried reading it without those and sometimes it made perfectly good sense.
Title: Re: cigs & redvines possible interview
Post by: modage on February 07, 2013, 10:06:59 AM
Ha, well I'm trying to add them for clarification [when people trail off or something], assuming that not everyone reading will be quite as up on things as we are but yeah, went in and cleaned it up a bit. Thanks.
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Post by: Cloudy on February 07, 2013, 01:43:39 PM
Who's coming up next? And once again, these are awesome.  :yabbse-thumbup:
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Post by: modage on February 07, 2013, 02:27:47 PM
Thanks! Next up: Production Designers Jack Fisk & David Crank. Monday 2/11.

It's long and it's a good one.

They mentioned an aborted sequence in "The Master" set in space. (Not kidding.)
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Post by: Cloudy on February 07, 2013, 04:42:56 PM
LOL okay. You just succeeded at elevating my anticipatory juices more than they already were. Which says a lot.
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Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on February 07, 2013, 07:44:16 PM
However unlikely it may be, I'm praying that one of the last ones is with Jonny Greenwood. Other than that, a spectacular job Modage, thanks for these interviews.
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Post by: modage on February 07, 2013, 09:05:34 PM
However unlikely it may be, I'm praying that one of the last ones is with Jonny Greenwood.
For what it's worth, me too.  :yabbse-undecided:
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Post by: Cloudy on February 08, 2013, 02:18:53 AM
Is Mihai a possibility? And by the way, not sure if you want to tell us or not...how did you even get this to happen? Sounds like a story.


PS: That 'Candy' film Bridges mentioned  :yabbse-thumbup: :yabbse-thumbup: :yabbse-thumbup: :yabbse-thumbup: :yabbse-thumbup: what a mood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XghPOP2b9mw
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Post by: Frederico Fellini on February 08, 2013, 08:09:50 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FirkxwWi-8A



I watched like 40 minutes of it, It's fucking hilarious in a sort of ridiculous way (Ringo starr as a mexican gardener/rapist? LOL). You can tell the Coens took A LOT from it as inspiration for The Big Lebowski. There are lines of dialogue that are taken almost verbatim.  I'm sure PTA is aware of that.


P.S:  Ewa Aulin was pretty fucking hot. Kinda looks like a young Heather Graham.
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Post by: modage on February 08, 2013, 10:36:36 AM
Is Mihai a possibility?
Yes. Working on it.

And by the way, not sure if you want to tell us or not...how did you even get this to happen? Sounds like a story.
Not too exciting. I had the idea for something like this a few years ago when the film started up and I've basically just been pestering Weinstein Co. & PR people since the film came out to make it happen. And it finally did!
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Post by: BB on February 08, 2013, 12:58:54 PM
I watched like 40 minutes of it, It's fucking hilarious in a sort of ridiculous way (Ringo starr as a mexican gardener/rapist? LOL). You can tell the Coens took A LOT from it as inspiration for The Big Lebowski. There are lines of dialogue that are taken almost verbatim.  I'm sure PTA is aware of that.

It was probably an influence, but more in a general spirit sort of way. The sorta episodic structure, the rich cast of secondary characters, etc. But I don't think there's a single line taken verbatim or anything even close to verbatim. More this type of movie than this movie in particular, I'd say.

The Brando and Burton sequences are my favorites, just for their out and out silliness. Fingers crossed for a glass-bottomed car scene in Inherent Vice.
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Post by: modage on February 11, 2013, 09:21:39 AM
"Making The Master" Part IV with Production Designers Jack Fisk & David Crank
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-making-master-with-production.html
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Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 11, 2013, 10:10:03 AM
More great stuff. What's so good about these interviews is how they really give people a notion how production actually works. The changes in the script, improvisation, how it affects their work, etc... it also helps that these people are among the best at what they do. And they seem to be very nice people to talk to.

I hope you got to talk to the editors. That would be heaven.
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Post by: Reelist on February 11, 2013, 02:26:22 PM
"JF: One of the most difficult scenes to shoot was a short scene in an elevator after they have the conflict in the rich woman's house in New York. They were leaving and Joaquin and the whole family are in the elevator. He wanted somebody to fart and I donít know if you know Paul but he loves fart jokes. We had to keep shooting it because every time the sound effects would make the fart sound, Paul would start laughing! [laughs] And everybody in the elevator, which was just a 3 walled set, would start laughing. We shot that thing for like an hour and a half and itís one shot in the film. Heís like a kid sometimes."

Haha, P called it.


You guys are once again raising up a stink over an insignificant issue.. the real question we need to be asking ourselves in that elevator shot is: who farted?

I think that's what the scene will be about.


Great Job Mod!!
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Post by: Cloudy on February 11, 2013, 05:18:58 PM
That was great! My favorite part:

JF:Davidís a completely different animal than either of them because Davidís more like a painter. David has the film in his head and he creates his own world. When you work with him you simulate David Lynch, youíre not bringing a lot of your own self to it. Youíre trying to help David create the stuff he wants. With Paul, heís almost like a jazz musician. Heís so musically tuned, heís so passionate and so unpredictable. Terry is unpredictable in a different way. Terryís a philosopher and he has something he wants to say. I always think that with Terry it doesnít even matter which character says it, as long as it gets said.
Terry works with visual poetry and Paul is much stronger with character. With Paul itís about character and itís easy to work that way because everybody starts thinking about the character.
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Post by: modage on February 12, 2013, 10:02:06 AM
Thanks guys! Madisen Beaty is up next on Thursday. She talks working with Joaquin who has "no limits" and reveals the original title for the film (which was printed on flasks and t-shirts and given to the crew).

Any guesses?
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Post by: Reelist on February 12, 2013, 10:54:18 AM
Freddie Got Gingered
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Post by: ono on February 12, 2013, 04:36:32 PM
Thanks guys! Madisen Beaty is up next on Thursday. She talks working with Joaquin who has "no limits" and reveals the original title for the film (which was printed on flasks and t-shirts and given to the crew).

Any guesses?
The Split Sabre.
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Post by: Sleepless on February 12, 2013, 04:53:53 PM
The Bullshit Master
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 12, 2013, 05:33:43 PM
Sydney.
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Post by: matt35mm on February 12, 2013, 05:37:26 PM
You Can't Put Diapers on a Monkey
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Post by: Kellen on February 12, 2013, 05:37:42 PM
Flatulence.
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Post by: Reelist on February 12, 2013, 05:58:58 PM
Freddie IS Dodd: The Final Nightmare
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Post by: polkablues on February 12, 2013, 06:07:50 PM
Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Scientology Film
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Post by: modage on February 12, 2013, 08:43:12 PM
One of these guesses is close.
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Post by: Reelist on February 12, 2013, 08:49:02 PM
THE CAUSE!!!
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Post by: BigSock on February 12, 2013, 08:53:08 PM
There Will Be Thetans?
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Post by: MacGuffin on February 13, 2013, 12:12:52 AM
One of these guesses is close.

Sydney II?
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Post by: Lottery on February 13, 2013, 12:52:50 AM
The Split Saber sounds like it could be a genuine, serious PTA film.
Or it could be a 90s action film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme- Van Damme is The Split Saber.
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Post by: Reelist on February 13, 2013, 12:58:23 AM
Drop Dodd Fred
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Post by: ©brad on February 13, 2013, 09:28:30 AM
Freddie Got Gingered

Please say it's this one.
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Post by: Sleepless on February 13, 2013, 09:34:45 AM
One of these guesses is close.

The Master of Bullshit?
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Post by: Pubrick on February 13, 2013, 10:09:42 AM
the split cunt.

it's the split cunt, you guys.
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Post by: modage on February 13, 2013, 10:15:02 AM
THE CAUSE!!!
:bravo:
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Post by: BB on February 13, 2013, 11:56:41 AM
the split cunt.

Was also the working title for the new Von Trier flick. And I do mean flick.
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Post by: Pozer on February 13, 2013, 06:45:15 PM
THE CAUSE!!!
:bravo:

The Clap?
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Post by: Reelist on February 13, 2013, 07:18:48 PM
no, that was the original title for Boogie Nights
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Post by: polkablues on February 14, 2013, 01:02:34 AM
The Clap... and How to Get It.
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Post by: modage on February 14, 2013, 09:08:45 AM
"Making The Master" Part V with Actress Madisen Beaty
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-making-master-with-actress.html
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Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 14, 2013, 09:53:10 AM
How refreshing, a young actress that actually speaks her age. I always thought it was strange listening to some child actors talking like adults in interviews, and although she's not a child, she speaks like like what one would expect from a teenager (and she looks a lot younger in those last pictures than she looks in the film). And she actually ended up giving some insight about Paul as a director of actors and Joaquin's methods. Really good stuff once again. Waking her up in the middle of shooting was something I'd never thought of.
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Post by: Sleepless on February 14, 2013, 11:26:30 AM
 :bravo: I'm really enjoying these Modage. Thank you and well done. If I can give a little unsolicited constructive criticism, there were a couple of repetitious moments in this interview where she keeps talking about coming back for the second shoot and being shielded from what was happening in the rest of the film. I really did like this though, it was a refreshing and novel perspective on the process which we haven't really heard before. You could have a real future in interviewing.
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Post by: wilder on February 14, 2013, 12:12:15 PM
What a great answer:

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Were there any other Doris scenes that didnít make it into the film?

Just the scene where we were fighting because of the age difference and how it wouldnít work even though I wanted to make it work. When I first saw the cut I was so disappointed that it didnít make it into the film but now looking back Iím really glad that it didnít because when you watch it now, itís like weíre not together because he couldnít handle Dorisí love. Which I think is a better story than the age difference and it definitely makes it a different story.
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Post by: Reelist on February 14, 2013, 12:59:38 PM
This is my favorite one so far!! She gives such great insight into PTA's creative process. AWESOME!!!
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Post by: Cloudy on February 14, 2013, 02:34:28 PM
LOL I love how she actually fell asleep for that scene. Fucking awesome. Great job Modage!

...this now got me insanely excited for the Leslie Jones interview Modage teased about on Twitter...oooh I'm down...hopefully she gives the goods like Beaty did. (<--?)
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Post by: Lottery on February 14, 2013, 04:28:11 PM
These interviews simply get better and better. Thanks heaps.

This one was fantastic and it gives a lot of insight into Paul's working process.
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Post by: Kellen on February 14, 2013, 10:45:26 PM
Its really cool to see how honest she was in answering her questions instead of the typical b.s. stuff you get in interviews nowadays.
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Post by: modage on February 15, 2013, 10:54:26 AM
Next up is editor Leslie Jones either Monday or Tuesday since it's a holiday. We spoke about the original 3rd act for PDL (conceived but never filmed), the most challenging sequence in "The Master" to get right (any guesses?), and the origin of the teasers. I also asked her the differences of working with PTA & Malick in the editing room (she did "The Thin Red Line" which is how she and PTA first met).
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Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 15, 2013, 10:57:12 AM
Working as an editor, this has got to be the one I'm most looking forward too, especially in a movie like this, I'm sure there are many things to be said about such collaboration. Can't wait.
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Post by: modage on February 15, 2013, 10:58:52 AM
She was a little tight lipped on a few things (clearly not wanting to betray PTA's trust) but there's definitely some good stuff in there.
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Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 15, 2013, 11:06:40 AM
I always found all this mystery behind the editing on his films very curious. I remember he didn't answer a question about why Leslie Jones over Dylan Tichenor on Punch-Drunk Love. But judging from what you're getting from these interviews I'm sure it will deliver the goods.
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Post by: Cloudy on February 15, 2013, 04:12:55 PM
Dude. Monday sounds swell  :yabbse-thumbup:
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Post by: modage on February 18, 2013, 09:17:21 AM
"Making The Master" Part VI with Editor Leslie Jones
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-making-master-with-editor.html
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Post by: ElPandaRoyal on February 18, 2013, 09:44:53 AM
I'm at work and just took a quick look between Final Cut renders, and it seems to be another hit. Thanks a lot!
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Post by: Sleepless on February 18, 2013, 11:27:14 AM
These interviews really are gold, Mod. Do you have permission to get them published in book form, sort of like an "Unofficial Making of The Master." If so, you should. It could be the first book from the Xixax Press.
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Post by: max from fearless on February 18, 2013, 11:55:14 AM
I second Sleepless. These interviews have got me more excited than the Blu Ray extras and have more or less surpassed a lot of the initial interviews etc from the film's festival/theatrical release. Well done, Mod.
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Post by: Neil on February 18, 2013, 04:02:04 PM
Nailed it.  Excellent work sir.
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Post by: Pozer on February 18, 2013, 10:33:47 PM
yep these are rich materials and produced some of my favorite reads on this movie. compliments.

looks like the behind the scenes from the blu are spoiled in the comments of this one. cue tyler reaching for the astroglide.
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Post by: HeywoodRFloyd on February 19, 2013, 01:08:07 AM
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How close did you guys follow the response to them? Especially that first one when no one had even seen a frame of film to all of a sudden getting this two minutes of footage must have been incredibly exciting to watch the reactions coming back.

Not to be an asshole or nitpick with all the great effort you've put into these interviews, but If my memory is not failing me, I think we got just that, one frame of 70mm film of Phil dancing before we saw the teaser, right?
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Post by: modage on February 21, 2013, 10:39:57 AM
On Monday we have the next installment of "Making The Master" with poster designer Dustin Stanton. (He also did the Blu packaging, hence the timing.)

He's been working with PTA since "Magnolia" designing nearly every poster/DVD/soundtrack/newspaper ad/everything since then (he didn't do the final blue 'Master' poster but nearly everything else) and we talked about his entire history with PTA, designing the posters for Magnolia, PDL, CMBB and The Master.
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Post by: Reelist on February 21, 2013, 11:05:06 AM
COOL! I'm actually looking into buying one of his posters right now...
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Post by: modage on February 25, 2013, 10:03:25 AM
"Making The Master" Part VII with Poster Artist Dustin Stanton
http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/interview-making-master-with-poster.html


I thought this was interesting, esp. for those Lena is an alien theories.
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Paul was really into Godard and French new wave as a point of departure. I watched a couple of those films. 'Aliens, love & violence' were some early words of direction.
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Post by: modage on February 26, 2013, 09:37:22 AM
Please help us spread the word. Win a DVD.

http://cigsandredvines.blogspot.com/2013/02/contest-win-copy-of-master-on-blu.html
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Post by: Cloudy on February 26, 2013, 09:37:35 PM
Who's coming next... :ponder:
From that twitter post:
One of my #MakingTheMaster wish list interviewees is in my building right now. Restraining myself from running downstairs to accost him/her.

...I'm fucking curious!
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Post by: Champion Souza on February 26, 2013, 09:41:46 PM
My guess: Amy or Megan
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Post by: Cloudy on March 22, 2013, 03:01:16 PM
Hey Modage, are you gonna be releasing more interviews?
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Post by: modage on March 22, 2013, 03:16:09 PM
I'm not sure, actually.
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Post by: Cloudy on March 22, 2013, 07:00:13 PM
 :yabbse-sad: