In honor of Wes Anderson turning 49 today, here’s a collection of photos from the making of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Many of these were snapped by the film’s unit stills photographer Philippe Antonello.
“Each time I start (a new movie), I feel like I’m doing a completely different thing. We go to a different country. We have a whole different kind of story. I feel like everything I’m doing is different from what I’ve done before.” – Wes Anderson, from an interview with New York Times writer David Carr
For anyone familiar with Wes Anderson’s fastidious creations, the above quote will seem patently absurd. Very few directors in the history of the medium have a recurring style and thematic preoccupations as easily identifiable as Anderson’s, enough so that his oeuvre lends itself to both Saturday Night Live spoofs and supercuts about obsessive center framing. (continue reading)
Behind the Scenes: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), plus how the film nearly used Beatles covers by Elliott Smith
(Above) Owen Wilson (at the wheel), Gwyneth Paltrow (passenger seat) and Wes Anderson (relaxing in the trunk with his director’s monitor) on the set of The Royal Tenenbaums. The pic comes courtesy of the blog Discreet Charms & Obscure Objects.
The film originally opened with The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and closed with the band’s “I’m Looking Through You.” When Anderson was unable to obtain the rights to the songs, he enlisted the late Elliott Smith to record an ill-fated “Hey Jude” cover. Here’s Anderson, from an interview with Indiewire: Continue Reading ›
DP Alex Buono explains – in amazingly technical detail – the process behind making Saturday Night Live’s Wes Anderson spoof
In the Edward Norton-hosted episode of Saturday Night Live back on Oct. 26th, SNL unveiled an amusing trailer for an imaginary Wes Anderson-directed home invasion horror film.
The cinematographer for that faux-trailer, Alex Buono, has posted a lengthy and astonishingly detailed breakdown of the shoot on his blog. Behind the scenes photos. Overhead lighting plots. The explanation behind the choice of camera (an Arri Alexa Plus), lenses (mainly anamorphic primes), lighting units and color palette. (continue reading) Continue Reading ›
Deep Fried Links is a new feature I’m going to try to roll out weekly to share a few interesting nuggets from around the world wide web. This is never going to be the place you come for breaking news about Batman casting, but it will be a useful resource to discover stories you might have missed.
For the inaugural post, we’ve got new books about Wes Anderson and the cult film The Room, a NY Times interview with Carrie director Kimberly Pierce, movie lists courtesy of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez and an ode to the “O” face from Lars von Trier. Plus much more. (Continue reading) Continue Reading ›