Earlier today Awards Daily‘s Sasha Stone posted “some comments by a visual effects guy named ‘Stan’ on a Slashfilm post” that discussed Terrence Malick‘s Tree of Life. Interesting commentary but primarily the guy is saying that the film “will not make Cannes.”
“[Malick recently] screened it to an audience of about thirty, and it’s literally 97% done,” he writes. “Our boss was able to see it, and called it the best film of [Malick’s] since Badlands. Emmanuel Lubezki was in attendance, as were some visual fx gurus (one of whom was my boss).
“It will not make Cannes [because] 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 [that] IMAX 70 mm requires. I can assure you that the results are worth the wait.
“Is the IMAX 70MM footage going to be released in a separate documentary, or is it to be incorporated into an IMAX release of The Tree of Life? I ask because there were a lot of rumours about a related IMAX documentary called Voyage of Time, but I suspect that might just have been a codename for additional IMAX shooting for TOL.
“Our house is referring to it 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.”