Photo: Behind-the-Scenes of a Tracking Shot in PTA's 'Inherent Vice'

August 8, 2013
Source: Cigs & Red Vines

Behind-the-Scenes of a Tracking Shot

Bring on the pot. Filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson is right in the middle of filming his next feature, Inherent Vice based on Thomas Pynchon's book, in Los Angeles with Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Jena Malone and Benicio Del Toro. PTA is known for his beautiful cinematography, and often uses stunning, long tracking shots in his films. A tracking shot is a smooth follow-along, and is called a "tracking" or "dolly shot" because the camera is mounted on a cart that glides on rails. PTA blog Cigs & Red Vines is posting behind-the-scenes photos, the latest showing 470 feet of track laid out. A quick but exciting look at making movies.

Here's the first photo from Cigs & Red Vines on Facebook: "470 ft. of dolly track on the set of Inherent Vice"

PTA's Inherent Vice Behind-the-Scenes

And the second shot posted late July showing PTA himself holding a camera: "man with a movie camera…"

PTA's Inherent Vice Behind-the-Scenes

Described as "a Cheech and Chong movie", Inherent Vice is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel about stoner private eye Doc Sportello in a 1970's "part noir, part psychedelic romp" detective story. It sounds like something totally different from PTA, almost closer to his roots of Boogie Nights than The Master or There Will Be Blood, but it should be fun anyway. Cigs & Red Vines also confirmed that cinematographer Robert Elswit, who won an Oscar for There Will Be Blood and worked on all of PTA's past films but did not shoot The Master (Mihai Malaimare Jr. did), will be back as DP for Inherent Vice. Warner Bros, producing and distributing the film, is planning a mid-to-late 2014 release for PTA's Inherent Vice, but no date is set yet.

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nice to see a filmmaker still using film.

xtheory on Aug 8, 2013


so does Christopher Nolan (no intro needed I think)

conradthegreat on Aug 8, 2013


As does Quentin Tarantino. Still, using film has almost become a novelty these days, which is tragic. And that's also why seeing influential directors like PTA using film leaves a glimmer of hope for the medium. Can't wait for Inherent Vice; it actually sounds a bit like a Big-Lebowski-esque drama if that makes sense.

Terry Craig on Aug 8, 2013


As did JJ abrams on the first star trek as did speilberg on saving private ryan.. i could go on.. there are very many film makers who continue to use film, as there are those who have embraced the digital medium

cg on Aug 8, 2013


Dude, Saving Private Ryan is from 1998. You can't pretend like there's just as many directors using film as digital today. It's unfortunately just not the case.

Terry Craig on Aug 9, 2013


PTA is going full on Godard with that tracking shot

sedna on Aug 9, 2013


JENA MALONE is in it, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ernie_Jena on Jan 4, 2014

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