Watch: The Exquisite Math Hidden in 'There Will Be Blood'

Watch: The Exquisite Math Hidden in 'There Will Be Blood'

Dec 03, 2013

Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is a work of visual poetry — the framing, lighting and photography captured so perfectly by cinematographer Robert Elswit. According to young filmmaker, photographer and editor Ali Shirazi, it’s also a work of exquisite geometry.

Shirazi elegantly describes the film’s mathematical cinematography by overlaying scenes with golden spirals, pointing out the Rule of Thirds, and deconstructing the tracking shots by the numbers. It’s beautiful to look at, but what does it all mean? It’s an interesting exploration of the math behind filmmaking, and since it’s the first in a series, we'll be curious to see what patterns pop up amongst directors. If you’re not familiar with geometry, all the pretty diagrams may elude you, but ultimately There Will Be Blood is a gorgeous example of how technical mastery and astounding talent intertwine.

[Spotted via io9]




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