How They Created the Naturalistic Look of 'There Will Be Blood' | Cinematography

How They Created the Naturalistic Look of 'There Will Be Blood' | Cinematography

BONUS FOR PATRONS: Rare Crew Photos on the Set of There Will Be Blood –

Aside from the brilliant performance of Daniel Day-Lewis as oilman Daniel Plainview, Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2007 film There Will Be Blood is perhaps best known for its beautifully naturalistic cinematography, which was nominated for over 20 different awards including a win for Best Achievement in Cinematography at the Academy Awards. So, how did they do it? Today we will take a look at what cameras, lenses, and film stock they used, as well as the real locations, naturalistic lighting, and how they got some of the tricky shots. This is Making Film. 

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This video essay was written, edited, and narrated by Tyler Knudsen.


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There Will Be Blood (2007 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Hard Eight (1996 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Boogie Nights (1997 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Magnolia (1999 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Waterland (1992 dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948 dir. John Huston)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968 dir. Sergio Leone)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005 dir. George Clooney)
Solaris (2002 dir. Steven Soderbergh)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005 dir. Rob Marshall)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007 dir. Andrew Dominik)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015 dir. Christopher McQuarrie)
Nightcrawler (2014 dir. Dan Gilroy)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000 dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014 dir. James Gunn)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002 dir. Peter Jackson)


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