Brad Bird, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich Tweet-Confirm Paul Thomas Anderson Shooting THE MASTER on 65mm

     January 12, 2012

Despite being a sounding board for the woes and whines of anyone with a computer and/or phone, Twitter can actually be pretty cool sometimes. Case in point: last night Pixar directors/all-around awesome guys Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) participated in a Twitter conversation about the merits of 70mm exhibition and 65mm shooting. The conversation alone would have been enough to satisfy any cinephile, but a tidbit of exciting news came out of the back-and-forth. Stanton, who’s set to release his live-action debut John Carter this March, tweeted the following:

The Master is indeed in 65. They nearly lost a camera shooting in the Bay.”

The Master is the working title of Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated new drama, and it appears he shot the pic in the high-resolution format. Hit the jump for more.

70mm-film-comparison-imageThe official plot synopsis of The Master involves a man who returns home from WWII and starts a faith-based organization, but rumors have swirled that the drama has not-so-thinly-veiled ties to Scientology. Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays the leader, while Joaquin Phoenix stars as a drifter taken in by Hoffman’s character who becomes his right-hand man.

If you’re unfamiliar with the technical aspects of 65mm film, you’ve no doubt witnessed its clarity. 65mm film is actually projected at 70mm, which is the format used by IMAX screens (the image on the right compares 70mm to normal projections). Needless to say, the fact that Anderson shot in 65mm is great news to film fanatics. Speaking of which, if you don’t already follow Bird, Stanton, and Unkrich on Twitter then you’re missing out. Bird recently made his live-action debut with the immensely successful and wildly entertaining Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Stanton’s John Carter opens on March 9th, and Unkrich is hard at work on his next super-secretive project at Pixar.

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