First Look: Period Costumes & Photos for P.T. Anderson's 'The Master'
One film that I know many cinephiles are looking forward to coming next year is Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, his follow-up to There Will Be Blood, essentially about Scientology, following an intellectual known as "the Master" (Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose "faith-based organization" nurtures a following in America in the 50s. We reported earlier this week that Jonny Greenwood would be back to score the film, as it was filmed this fall and PTA is currently editing. In the meantime, I recently came across an interesting selection of B&W photos via BlackBook that photographer Jack Erling snapped while on a set of this film.
As it is done shooting, I'm not sure when or where they were taken, and BlackBlook doesn't provide context either. "Photographer Jack Erling was lucky enough to snap a few photos of the action backstage during filming of The Master, catching extras in costume between takes. No celebs, but you can get a first taste of that vintage Anderson flavor." These are certainly worth a look anyway. Click on any to see the full gallery.
Above are six photos that are my favorites and images that I think give us a little hint at the atmosphere and costumes and style of PTA's new 50's-set film. Obviously these aren't a real first look at any main characters, but as our very first impression of what we'll be seeing in The Master, I'm glad I came across them anyway.
P.T. Anderson's new film The Master, which finally got funding and filmed earlier this year around Crockett, California and San Francisco, is a 1950s-set drama about the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) whose "faith-based organization" begins to catch on in 1950's America, and a young drifter named Freddie who becomes his right-hand man (played by Joaquin Phoenix). As everything builds, however, Freddie begins to question the system he’s helped to create, and is equally drawn to the Master's daughter (Amy Adams). The supporting cast includes Laura Dern, David Warshofsky, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, Madisen Beaty, Joshua Close and Fiona Dourif. We expect to see this sometime in 2012, but no release info is available yet, as it was produced independently.