Working with Wes – An Insider’s Perspective

Quite simply put Wes Anderson is one of the most influential filmmakers of modern times, an auteur with enough raw imagination and vision to create unique tapestries of film. The price of uncompromising power over every detail to be executed immaculately? a reputation.

A recent article from The Daily Beast tells of how the cast of the upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel felt working with the director on his latest feature, some of whom actors who have previously worked along side Anderson.

In the interview Willem Dafoe had this to say:

– “He’s so specific in what he sees and what he wants that you better give it to him, he’s tough.”

Jeff Goldblum adds:

– “I’ve gone to other movies and the director will go, ‘Oh maybe you are wearing this,’ and I’ll go ‘That’s a good idea but how about this? What if I have a hat or a thing?’ With him you don’t do that. You go: ‘What do I get to do in this?’ And he goes: ‘Here’s the thing, here’s the thing, here’s the thing.’ And you go, ok, so, that’s what you sign-up for too. And his ideas are so good. And his taste is so good that you go: ‘Oh, yes please.’”


Long time supporter and key go-to actor Bill Murray also commented on Wes’ filmmaking habits on set of The Grand Budapest Hotel in an article for Collider.


– There wasn’t a whole hell of a lot that we shot that was wrong, because I mean, if you read the script, it’s pretty spare, you know? It’s pretty clean. The storytelling—he spends a lot of time and he’s obviously very specific about how he wants things to look and sound. So there’s not a lot of overage. He’s got a lot of tricky camera moves, so you shoot a lot of goofy takes, where the camera isn’t absolutely perfect, so you do it again. So that’s the only time—that’s the overage. That’s the extra time, is he takes a lot of time to get it perfect.


This isn’t the first time that actors working with Wes Anderson have expressed how meticulous and precious he is about everything from the script to the set dressing, every one of which having unquestionable faith in Anderson’s direction knowing that Wes knows exactly what he wants and what the result will be. As established as it is that Wes is a ‘hardass’ when it comes to directing, actors still jump at the chance to work with the masterful director, and audiences continue to relish their time spent in his worlds – The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th. 

Every slo-mo shot from every movie

From Max Fischer’s bloody nose to Margot and Richie Tenenbaum’s reunion, everything’s better in slo-mo” – Rolling Stone

Vimeo user Alejandro Prullansky recently put together a brilliant supercut consisting of all slow motion sequences from Wes Anderson’s films, and the result is fantastic.

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The road to The Grand Budapest

While you wait patiently for The Grand Budapest Hotel to open it’s doors, why not make a pit-stop at the ‘CASTELLO CAVALCANTI’ to tide you over. Wes’ latest short film (his second PRADA commercial) is as mesmerising and well executed as any of his works. Watch Yankee racer Jason Schwartzman make his visit below.

Inside The Grand Budapest Hotel


With anticipation building over Wes Anderson’s upcoming release ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, we are seeing an increasing number of teasers including the full cast of characters and short clips from the film itself, but what do we know about the backdrop and namesake of the film? Here’s what we found:

Since inviting us aboard the Belafonte in 2004, Wes has shot in locations as far and vast as Paris and India. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no different,  the film is being shot on location in and around Berlin.

The renowned Gorlitzer Warenhaus shopping centre will host many of the scenes representing the inside of the hotel.


The film is said to be set between the wars, meaning we get to look forward to more of Wes’ infamous romanticising with decor from a period full of character and history.
“As you might gather from the title, a hotel figures prominently in it, and it mostly takes place about 85 years ago. And it’s kind of European…a bit inspired partly by Hollywood Europe, and also by some European writers around that time. Yeah. That’s a little bit about it. Kind of vague, but…” – Wes Anderson (LA Times)


The Grand Budapest Hotel opens March 7th, 2014