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Promised Land
  • Promised Land is filming with a unique camera ratio format - details here.

    Cinematographer Linus Sandgren is currently photographing a feature film using a format that is extremely rare, and possibly unique for a feature film. The film, titled Promised Land, is being shot on 35 mm using the full 4-perf frame, using Vantage’s 1.3x Hawk anamorphic lenses. The final aspect ratio will be 1.85:1. It’s believed that the technique may have been used previously on some commercials, but never for the big screen.

    Director Gus Van Sant wanted the ability to capture and reproduce rich location details, and he noted his admiration for images made with Leica still cameras. Sandgren says that the additional image area of the 4-perf/1.3x anamorphic combination delivers. “For the look of Promised Land, we’ve been looking towards photojournalism from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s,” he says. “I’m especially fond of the work of Steve McCurry, Mitch Epstein and Eve Arnold. Many of their reportage-style images were shot on 135 film cameras and Kodakchrome stock, which has characteristic contrast while carrying all the highlights and keeping the blacks dense, but soft."

  • Recent reports on the filming of Promised Land are at TribLive here and here.

  • Matt, Ben and John Krasinski are hosting a fundraiser for Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren in LA on 21 May - the details are here.

  • There may be a live event for The People Speak in Pittsburgh on 23 May, according to this post:

    vph: So glad @MalcolmLondon able to join us in Pittsburgh for our May 23 event / shoot so he can share more of his poetry with Mr. M. Damon!

  • Matt will be attending the fundraiser for Massachusetts General Hospital's Cancer Center in Boston on 7 June - details here.

  • Matt and brother Kyle honored mother Nancy in a section on the Water.org site for Mother's Day - details here.

    Happy Mother’s Day! Your love, support, and commitment to making the world a better place has shaped the person I am and the women my girls will become. You and mothers everywhere inspire me to work to end the global water crisis. Love, — Matt Damon

    Dear Mom, Happy Mother's Day to a woman whose actions and ideas of love and justice continue to spread beyond your sons. I love you, mom. -Your #1 son — Kyle Damon
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 15th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Set photos

    A few good photos of Matt on the set with fans (and John Krasinski in the background):

    Jerrid Haywood‏@SUASTIKA06

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 15th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Mother's Day Message

    Having children is a bit like playing the lottery. You don't always get back what you put in. Nancy (and their father, Kent) is doubly blessed in producing not one but two fantastic sons.

    To receive such messages from your children in a public forum, speaks wonders to her ability as a mother and a teacher.

    On a different note seeing more pics will put paid to any more silly and irrelevant comments about his weight. This isn't the Daily Mail.

    Keep up the good work! Marcia

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 15th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Mother's Day Message

    Agree that he looks great! And how can he manage to still look so YOUNG?!
    loganx2 From: loganx2 Date: May 15th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Mother's Day Message

    I didnt say he looked fat but he does look chubbier than when he was doing Elysium this past summer and my point to that was I would have thought he would have got back into shape for it since he is doing reshoots. I know this isnt the daily mail, but really take the stanning down a notch.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 15th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Enough snark guys. No idea if he is still going to Vancouver for Elysium re-shoots or if his shots were somehow picked-up in NY.

    Various pics of Matt, John and Gus on set:

    Video of the set and an interview with the location manager:

    Super late Chicago interview about Save our Schools:

    Matt and John also appeared in a video for Jimmy Kimmel at the ABC up-fronts.

    Edited at 2012-05-16 02:53 am (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 16th, 2012 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)

    Promised Land, other

    The bar scene they're shooting this week appears to have a range of the main actors singing karoke in front of a large bar crowd. Because evey movie needs a bad karaoke scene...

    Margaret to be released in a 3 hour cut on DVD:

    Edited at 2012-05-16 02:48 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 16th, 2012 04:11 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land, other

    An extra mentioned on olv that when filming in Pittsburgh is done they are moving on to la to finish the film. Have you heard that before?

    And if he is doing filming on Elysium he would have to be there next week just because its suppose to end may 24 or 25. But it almost seems unlikely that he won't because of promised land. Stay tuned I suppose.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 16th, 2012 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Promised Land, other

    I think the reference to filming in California was incorrect as it hasn't been mentioned before and there should be no reason to film there (and for the tax credit I presume they would stay in Pennsylvania).

    At this point I'm guessing Matt's not involved in the Elysium re-shoots. But I also don't think he's going to the fundraiser in LA next week.
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 22nd, 2012 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Political fundraiser

    Matt and John were never going to attend the fundraiser. The filming schedule has been known for weeks and has not changed from the info on the casting website.

    Reports from the event claim they were filming on location and could not attend - no surprise:
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