The Cinematography of There Will Be Blood (2/2): Location, Night Filming, Interiors, and the Mansion

The Cinematography of There Will Be Blood (2/2): Location, Night Filming, Interiors, and the Mansion

BONUS FOR PATRONS: There Will Be Blood trailer in the style of a Teen High School Comedy –

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood has been celebrated for it’s magnificent cinematography by Robert Elswit, but how did they do it? Today, we will take a look at the naturalistic lighting, what it was like to shoot on-location, and how they shot in low-light situations.

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


“Blood for Oil” by Stephen Pizzello – American Cinematographer –

A Cinematic Tour of L.A.’s Greystone Mansion by Jared Cowan

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Longtime Cinematographer Says They Probably Won’t Work Together Again – Indie Wire –

Mental Floss –

Giant Ambition by James Ponsoldt –

Cinephilia & Beyond – ’There Will Be Blood’: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Epic Take on American Identity with Day-Lewis’ Performance of a Lifetime –

15 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About There Will Be Blood –

There Will Be Blood – Interview with Daniel-Day Lewis & Paul Thomas Anderson (2007) (Charlie Rose) –

Mental Floss –

INTERVIEW Paul Thomas Anderson by Josh Modell –

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf – Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson on There Will Be Blood –

LowLightVideos – Choose Cinematography Lenses to Suit the Story –

Light The Fuse Podcast – Robert Elswit on There Will Be Blood, Punch Drunk Love and Not Working With PTA Anymore –


There Will Be Blood (2007 dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Giant (1956 Dir. George Stevens)
The Big Lebowski (1998 Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
No Country for Old Men (2007 Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Boogie Nights (1997 Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948 Dir. John Huston)
The Andromeda Strain (1971 Dir. Robert Wise)
Dead Ringer (1964 Dir. Paul Henreid)
Spider-Man (2002 Dir. Sam Raimi)
Mercury Rising (1998 Dir. Harold Becker)
The Searchers (1956 Dir. John Ford)
The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1962 Dir. Maury Dexter)
Eraserhead (1977 Dir. David Lynch)
A Clockwork Orange (1971 Dir. Stanley Kubrick)
Inherent Vice (2014 Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
Phantom Thread (2017 Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)


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