Creating Daniel Plainview | There Will Be Blood


Today, we take a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis came to work together, how the character was written by Anderson versus how he was developed by Day-Lewis, how Day-Lewis came up with Plainview’s iconic voice, how the costumes were chosen and much much more. This is making film…

This video essay was written, edited, and narrated by Tyler Knudsen.


‘There Will Be Blood’: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Epic Take on American Identity with Day-Lewis’ Performance of a Lifetime – Cinephilia & Beyond –

Paul Thomas Anderson on Set Psychology: The Narrative Art –

The Intensely Imagined Life of Daniel Day-Lewis – By Richard B. Woodward –

15 Surprising Facts About There Will Be Blood – Mental Floss –

Interview with Paul Thomas Anderson by Josh Modell –

Daniel Day-Lewis Interview – Indie London –

In ‘Blood,’ Day-Lewis Revisits His Darker Side – NPR –

Giant Ambition by James Ponsoldt –

Daniel Day-Lewis: interview – Time Out London – Rob Greig –

The hat makes the actor – The Denver Post/The Washington Post –

Standing Ovation: Paul Dano in ‘There Will Be Blood’ by Jack Smart – Backstage –

Did Daniel Day-Lewis Really Freak Out His Co-star on There Will Be Blood? By Nate Jones – Vulture –

Paul Dano Exclusive Interview THE EXTRA MAN; Plus THERE WILL BE BLOOD Talk and Working With Paul Thomas Anderson by Ron Messer – Collider –

There Will Be Blood – Entertainment Weekly –

There Will Be Blood – Interview with Daniel-Day Lewis & Paul Thomas Anderson (2007) (Charlie Rose)

Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson on There Will Be Blood- Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf

Creative Spark – Mark Bridges (Academy Originals)

Museum of the Moving Image Pinewood Dialogues – Daniel Day Lewis + Paul Thomas Anderson Pinewood Dialogue moderated by chief curator David Schwartz (December 11, 2007)

Blood for Oil – American Cinematographer – Stephen Pizzello –

15 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About There Will Be Blood – Shortlist –

Music: Epidemic Sound