Some have already been able to preview it at one of the select premiere screenings, and, on the preferred 70 mm, no less. To the few and exclusive lucky ones, I am super happy for you -- and super jealous!!!
Last year we had the privilege of having a majority of the movie shot right here in Vallejo on Mare Island.
And even more ironic, the movie crew temporarily rented out the spaces for wardrobe, casting, and car storage right next to our wholesale body and skin care warehouse on Mare Island, and it also happens that we live on MI, too.
Needless to say, we had a blast watching the amazing cast and crew work their magic, especially from our unique birds eye view and perspective. Who's jealous now?! ;)
And oh, how hard they worked... For us, it's glamorous. We get to go the cinema, buy our tickets, plunk down, and expect to be entertained for a couple of hours. However, for those in the industry, it is extremely hard and challenging work, long hours, and attention to every single detail -- beyond excruciating detail -- a pen sitting on the desk, a piece of important paper placed just so, the hairstyles, the wardrobes, and more. And they are all running intensely on pure passion (and likely a few red bulls!) with an end result in mind -- a finished artistic product being the final movie cut.
Admittedly, I don't have a director's and photographer's eye like PTA, but I do appreciate those with talent, and LOVE the escape of a great movie. While Hollywood may be smoke and mirrors, the final product is typically nothing short of amazing, especially this film. I just know it will be the movie of the year, and likely the decade. One that will be truly revered as one of the future legendary classics.
Anyway, I have been waiting like a spider for it to come out, can you tell? And that time is almost here!!! And boy, do we have the Oracle daughter, Megan Ellison, to thank big time for funding the movie. We are all indebted to you and your foresight, great taste in films, and generosity! From what I've read, the movie almost didn't come to fruition as the original studio pulled funding. So thanks again Ms. Ellison, we all need a really good movie to sink our teeth into and get away from it all. We haven't had one of those for such a long time.
The Master movie cast is nothing short of phenomenal: the foxy and über-cool Joaquin Phoenix (LOVE, CRUSH, LOVE!), the dapper and always amazing Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and the beloved and beautiful Amy Adams. Plus, just about every sought after actor and actress is in it, too. Laura Dern, Rami Malek, Jesse Plemons, and the list goes on and on... I mean really, one more big name actor would have been overkill, right?! And then the devoted and talented extras, too many to mention..
By the way, am I the only one to think a paternity test needs to be done with Jesse Plemons' and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's DNA? Truly an uncanny resemblance...Wow!
When the film crew first moved in, my husband and I blew off the big trucks with the old period cars as a total D movie. They had put up these cheesy sandwich board signs - Western Film, to throw off the public. Plus, we were busy working, so honestly we didn't pay much attention.
Then about five days later, OMG, they took over the entire parking lot, and then some. In the lot were the makeup and stars trailers, several catering trucks, dozens of semi-trucks filled with old cars, movie props and sets. It was then our eyes and ears started to perk up. It was like aliens (or should I say thetans?) had landed, as if they dropped right out of the sky.
My husband called our property manager about an unrelated matter, but did manage to ask about the hoopla. She spilled the beans and that it was in fact directed by none other than PTA, named the A-list cast, and mentioned it already had pre-production Oscar buzz. It turns out it was a big deal, a real BIG deal.
All in all, filming lasted about seven to eight weeks last summer, and then they quietly moved on to nearby Berkeley, before heading back to LA. They also shot for about a week prior in the town of Crockett.
We did happen to get in a bit of unintentional shenanigans. We had posted some blog information about it at the time to our other spa business. Basically, we were the first to leak the story and a few pictures and it went viral. Oops!
Toward the end of filming, we received a phone call -- well, actually a conference call from the team of producers -- kindly requesting we remove the photos and blog postings. We of course agreed, and down they went. And yes, it was painful to push the delete button. We certainly didn't have any malicious spoiler intentions at all, we were simply excited about it. Seriously, how many times are you going to have this caliber of director, and cast and crew in your backyard, literally?
It was a cool experience and we have a quite a few great, unpublished pictures, but they'll be for our personal enjoyment only.
We did manage to gift the entire cast and production team our organic body care products. And for all you Joaquin Phoenix fans, he was classy enough to call and thank us. Ahhh, sigh... I know, right?! My husband just about barfed after hanging up -- even guys can have man crushes! :)
Thankfully other blogs have kept up the momentum, such as Cigs and Red Vines.
Our local Editor at Vallejo Community Issues Examiner has been feeding us great articles and keeping on top of all things Master-related, and is one of my main reads.
For excellent movie reviews (and if you are OK with reading somewhat spoilers) read these from Film Stage or Chicagoist.
To see a few movie trailers, go here. However, there are quite a few additional teaser trailers on the above blogs or youtube.
My best wishes to The Master's success. I hope all the Oscar buzz is true, and that numerous nods and nominations are in store for them!
Can't wait! See you at the movies!