Paul Thomas Anderson on Financing
“I’ve had experiences, […] just to get through the process of writing it, which is so difficult to begin with, but you feel proud of yourself for having finished writing this thing and gotten to the end, and then you think, ‘Oh, everyone will think the same way, especially the financiers,’ and then you plop this thing down and they say, ‘No, no, we don’t want to pay money for this.’
The search continues to go get money again. It’s always hard, it’s debilitating.
For me, generating material – […] it’s just no less disheartening or demoralizing when you try to get the money – to convince somebody that you should be allowed to do what you want to do.”
Why do you suppose he even bothers trying to raise so much money?
Why not just raise some money & make a small scale film? Surely, the following / fan base of Paul Thomas Anderson is big enough to operate at an entrepreneurial scale like that.
Well, PTA doesn't do that because he wants to operate at a certain level.
His idea of being a filmmaker is working with the best actors, and for his movies to be distributed theatrically across the country. So he does the hard work of raising the money.