‘The Tree of Life’ Secret Screening

If you’re anything like myself, you’re anticipating the release of Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) newest film starring Brad Pitt & Sean Penn, The Tree of Life. All that is really known about the project besides the above still is that the story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950’s and the eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence. No one even knows when we’ll see this film. Well, a man calling himself “Stan” has a few things to say about Malick’s latest…

“[Malick] screened it to an audience of about thirty, and it’s literally 97% done. Our boss was able to see it, and called it the best film of his since “Badlands.” Emmanuel Lubezki was in attendance, as was some vfx gurus (one of which was my boss).

It will not make Cannes. The visual effects aren’t done, but the footage that we’ve worked on is near complete. The reason for the delay in post is because of the amount of detail IMAX 70 MM requires. I can assure you that the results are worth the wait.

Our house is referring to [the 70MM IMAX footage] as “Voyage of Time.” I don’t know if it will be a separate documentary. Terrence has made sure that we work on footage without knowing too much of the plot or reason behind it. It’s always about a feeling or an emotion. He is definitely the most interesting director we’ve had the pleasure of working with, and probably the only who’s interacted with the digital artists themselves. He has never settled for results less than immaculate, but is humble and patient about it.”

Could be bullshit. Who knows. All I care about is when this movie will actually see a release.


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