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New ‘Tree of Life’ Clip Features Brad Pitt In ‘Fight Club’ Mode

Posted by , on May 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm 

We posted the first Brad Pitt-less clip last week, but the latest clip from Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life features the actor in full Fight Club mode. Check it out below via Huffington Post and make sure to scroll down for other related articles to note.

ICG Magazine has posted one of the most fascinating interviews I’ve read tied to the film. They’ve interviewed cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki below and I’ve picked out some choice quotes but I encourage you to read the highly technical article here.

“I told Jack that some of the rooms looked too dark,” Lubezki recalls. “He pointed to the trees and said, they are going to be completely bare with no leaves to block the sun when you begin shooting in winter. Jack planted a garden outside the house. You can see that garden changing with the seasons. He also planted a tree in the center of the garden.”

Lubezki says that Malick is very comfortable shooting without artificial light, and understands any inherent limitations.

“Instead of trying to modify what nature brought us, we embraced it,” he asserts. “We started shooting a scene in the house on a beautiful spring day when a bunch of white clouds blew across the sky and blocked the sun. The camera was on a Steadicam and I was changing exposure with a wireless remote iris control as Terry chose angles of coverage.”

“One that sticks in my mind was when we were filming one of the boys on the porch playing his guitar. It was getting to be magic hour, so we were trying to set up the shot quickly. The boy began playing guitar with his back facing the camera while the sun was wrapping around his body. It [was so beautiful] it brought tears to my eyes.”

The veteran underwater shooter [Pete Romano ], whose credits include Oscar-nominated and winning films like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Inception, recalls shooting in natural locations where Austin residents go to swim. He cites such ephemeral shots and scenes where Chastain, wearing a beautiful dress, rises from the bottom of a lake to the surface and one where a woman wearing a wedding gown can be seen underwater. There’s also a shot with a deck of cards floating on the water, as the king of spades floats in and out of the frame, and underwater night scenes where lightning creates a rippling effect on the surface of the lake and flashes of light bounce off trees.

All Things Shining has also posted details on the visuals in the film and music in the film that isn’t from Alexandre Desplat‘s score.

The Tree of Life hits theaters on May 27th, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16th.


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