I have another part-time job that nobody knows about. It doesn’t pay very well because … well, technically my “boss” doesn’t actually know I hired myself to do the job. But whenever he decides he needs me, I’m certainly ready and waiting. You see, when it comes to the aesthetics of Wes Anderson movies, ol’ Wes and I are like two peas in a pod. It’s almost as if we have an unspoken connection. In fact, I received a message the other day from an MNC reader who had spotted Mr. Anderson in Vienna at the Kunsthistorisches Museum observing at a Brueghel wintry scene. My source revealed that she’d overheard Mr. Anderson say he was researching for his next film. Hmmm … sounds to me like my pal Wes could use a hand. How convenient that I keep a compendium of Anderson-esque movie locations on file just for the occasion. Here are my top 20…
Not only can you get a role in Isle of Dogs, the production company behind the next big Anderson film is also looking to fill a wide variety of positions, so if you’re a UK based artist with stop motion experience, this might be your chance. We’ve heard rumours of speeches by Wes himself every morning!
OD Productions, based in East London, is currently shooting a very exciting Stop Motion Feature Film and we are looking to fill a variety of roles in our Puppets Department.
If you have the skills below, please get in touch!
– Miniature Sculptors
– Ideally have stop motion experience
– Talent in miniatures and duplication essential
– Ability to do realistic portrait skills
– Prop Makers
– Ability to make/work with miniature props
– Ability to work to a high level of detail
– Computer literacy in Photoshop and Illustrator essential
– Ability to operate machinery i.e. lathe
Wes Anderson finally revealed his project to the world in a video posted yesterday. The new movie will be called Isle of Dogs, and will include voices from well known actors like Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and interestingly a new addition: Scarlett Johansson!
The video was posted as an advertisement for a crowd funding campaign running alongside the production, which aims to raise money for the Film Foundation, a non-profit founded by Martin Scorsese, which aims to protect and preserve motion picture history. Prizes include limited edition t-shirts, concept art and a trip to London and a voice-over role in the film!
So far not much of the plot has been revealed, but the cast and concept art hint of a new location for Wes, Japan.
Edited 7th of January 2017: Fixed broken Vimeo link.
Though Wes Anderson has previously made multiple commercials featuring big name actors (Brad Pitt, Lea Seydoux, Roman Coppola), this is the longest one to date. In addition to the camera pans and set design very directly borrowed from both Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, the advert stars Adrien Brody!
Don’t get your hopes up, there isn’t a pink hotel with funicular going up to it hidden anywhere in the Alps. But there is an old department store in a small town on the German-Polish border, which looks strikingly similar to the one depicted in the movie. It looks similar because that’s where the movie was filmed.
Back in the summer of 2015, I went there. The drive was long, about 1,500 km (950 miles), but it was absolutely worth it. Here are some pictures
The department store is called Kaufhaus Görlitz, and isn’t open to the public at the moment. But it’s currently undergoing renovations, and is set to open at some point in 2017.
Apparently The Grand Budapest Hotel has restored Stefan Zweig’s (The Author whose work the movie is loosely based on) fame to it’s past glory, as earlier this summer German director Maria Schrader’s movie titled “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” has premiered in Germany. As of yet not much is known about when the film might see the light of day outside of Germany, there isn’t even a trailer with English subtitles, but the film has been placed on a shortlist of films that that could be selected as the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
The film has so far received good reviews in Germany, though none have been published so far in English. Hopefully this film gets picked up by the international press as it deserves to be, and maybe even nominated for the Award, even if just for the reason that it’ll be shown in more countries then.
You can already pre order this book that promises to be as beautiful and collectible as the other two “The Wes Anderson Collection” books. Tip: BookDepository.uk is my favorite page to buy books because they are not expensive and the worldwide delivery is free.
This book collects the best artwork from the first five years of “Bad Dads,” an annual exhibition of art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. Curated by Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, “Bad Dads” has continued to grow and progress and has featured work from more than four hundred artists. From paintings to sculptures to limited-edition screen prints, the artworks vary greatly in style, but share the imagery and beloved characters from the mind of one of Hollywood’s most noteworthy and imaginative filmmakers. The book features an original cover by graphic artist Max Dalton, a foreword by writer and director Wes Anderson himself, and an introduction by TV and movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the bestselling Wes Anderson Collection books.
“Kubrick is definitely one of my favorites. But usually by the time I’m making a movie, I don’t really know where I’m stealing from. So by the time I make the movie, I think, ‘oh, this is my thing’. But I think I’m always pretty influenced by Kubrick. And Roman Polanski and John Huston and Martin Scorsese – guys whose way with the camera I feel like I’m always taking something from.”
-Wes Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom