Paul Thomas Anderson Is His Own Cinematographer On ‘Phantom Thread’

As if “Phantom Thread” wasn’t already a must see film on its own, things keep popping up to make it even more of a hotly anticipated 2017 awards season title. First, there was the news that Daniel Day-Lewis will be retiring, making this his last movie. Now, we also have word that writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson has been wearing another hat during the making of the flick.

A report from indieWire details how the filmmaker has also been serving as his own cinematographer on “Phantom Thread”. Anderson normally hires some of the best DP’s in the business, including Robert Elswit on the majority of his movies, so this is fascinating news. Technically, PTA did his own shooting on his short “The Dirk Diggler Story” years ago, but that’s been it. What about “Phantom Thread” made this film the one to take this next step with? Will we even notice a difference when watching it? We’ll have to wait and see when it comes out at the end of the year. The wait just got harder though, that’s for sure.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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