Paul Thomas Anderson: Four Basics by Lanny Boyer

There are a handful of filmmakers whose craft is a cut above the rest. Paul Thomas Anderson has “it.” This video essay breaks PTA’s style down into four basic areas. Although there are a ton of elements that go into his creative process from start to finish that aren’t outlined here, you can get a lot of mileage from following the following rules:
1.) Move the camera!
2.) Incorporate light and color into your production design
3.) Write and shoot for characters. The performers will be drawn to work that gives them meaty scripts to work from.
4.) Include sound and score into your process from the onset.