A Beginner’s Guide to Aspect Ratios

the-grand-budapest-hotelEmpire Magazine’s Film Studies 101 shares the history and range of the film maker’s canvas, the aspect ratio. A great example is in Wes Anderson’s latest opus Grand Budapest Hotel, which uses not one but three different aspect ratios to portray different time periods.

  • 1.85:1 – For the modern scenes with Tom Wilkinson
  • 2.35:1 – For the 1960s scenes with F. Murray Abraham & Jude Law
  • 1.37:1 – The old ratio for the main body of the film with Tony Revolori & Raplh Fiennes.

Now enjoy this lengthy article on why breaking the rules introduced a standard and also opened an pallet for artistic film expression.


The Academy still has a pulse…

Hello everyone, I wanted to let everyone know that we’re still here. The last few months have been crazy and we’re going to start updating RA again shortly. The world of Wes Anderson is rich and the news on his latest opus is buzzing the internet. We want to make sure that we’re your choice for Wes Anderson related content. Please keep checking back.

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Matt Zoller Seitz’s WES ANDERSON Collection out Fall 2013

We’re happy to announce Matt Zoller Seitz’s (freelance critic, and author of one the earliest and best profiles of Wes, and this incredible series of video essays from earlier this year) The WES ANDERSON Collection is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. “It’s a book length interview of Wes Anderson, by me, with critical essays by me, and an intro by Michael Chabon, plus art, pix.,” says Matt on his twitter. The Amazon proudct page is a little weak on the details and even incorrect according to Matt, but he explains more information will be available once they nail down the issues.

The book is set to be released in August 2013. No details on digital copies, but why would you not want a hard cover?

If you haven’t heard or read some of Matt’s critical works, we encourage you to watch his video series called the Substance of Style available for free on Moving Image Source.


‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Cast Confirmed! Plus plot teasers!

Finally. After massive amounts of rumors of who Wes Anderson would be casting for his next film Grand Budapest Hotel, even allegations that actor Johnny Depp had a small role in the film ,which were denied by Anderson. Thanks Internet. But of course there is only one person who can confirm the headlines, and that’s Mr. Anderson himself. In a recent the Hollywood Reporter (THR) interview, Wes Anderson teased the plot for his latest project and announced his amazing ensemble.

Well, yes, [my next film is] Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s a Euro movie. It’s a period picture. I can tell you the cast — maybe you already know the cast, but I can tell you properly who it is: We have Ralph Fiennes, and we have Tilda Swinton and Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, we have F. Murray Abraham and Jude Law, and we’ve got Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Mathieu Amalric. And I think Owen [Wilson] is gonna have a little part, too. Oh, Saoirse Ronan has quite a big part. I’m thinking if I’ve forgotten anybody. Yeah, we have a good group.

A good group indeed Mr. Anderson. Besides casting Saorise Ronan and his usual entourage of Anderson Alumni, a person we’re very excited for is Oscar-winner (for masterfully playing Antonio Salieri in Amadeus) F. Murray Abraham. A very underrated actor, it’ll be good to see him take a break from his stage career.

Despite the cast and what little get out of that, we can confirm that the film takes place about 85 years ago and gathers inspirations from by Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch films. Confused? If you haven’t heard of these two filmmakers, we would suggest you’d start with these titles.

Billy Wilder’s the Apartment (1960)

Ernst Lubitsch’s To be or Not to Be (1942)


The Grand Budapest Hotel is set for release in 2014. Keep checking back at RA.com for more updates.

Moonrise Kingdom Oscar Considerations. And KanyeWesAnderson

Oscar season is coming, when December movies will be dumped on us to make the breaking point for an Academy Award consideration. But let’s take a step back and not forget our friend Wes Anderson and his critically acclaimed film Moonrise Kingdom. Slant Magazine has written a terrific article detailing the possible nominations MK might obtain. Read more about it here. Oscar Prospects: Moonrise KingdomSlant Magazine hosts a weekly analysis of possible awards contenders and predictions for Oscar nominations.

We’ve stumbled upon a clever tumblr account called KanyeWes. Pretty much your average Kanye West lyrics overlaid onto Wes Anderson stills. Here are some of our favorites so far.



Art by: “We Are Legion” by Aaron Jasinski

Ralph Fiennes in talks for ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

With all of the casting confusion the internet is producing, we’re happy to set the record straight and report that both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter (THR) have confirmed Ralph Fiennes is in negotiations for Wes Anderon’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. He’s set to play a character named M. Gustave, who serves as the hotel’s perfectly composed concierge. This role was originally reported to be filled by Johnny Depp, but Wes Anderson denied this two months ago. But Anderson’s frequent cronies Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman are in the cast. Couldn’t imagine an Anderson without them. Fiennes recent projects have been acting alongside Daniel Craig in 007: Skyfall and portraying Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman.

Also, THR has noted that Murder She Wrote‘s Angela Lansbury is no longer involved with the movie due to commitments to a stage version of the Academy-award winning film Driving Miss Daisy (also a Pulitzer Prize winning play). Lansbury has been performing on stage every year for the past six years. Lansbury will be playing alongside James Earl Jones and will open next year at Her Majesty’s Theater. Tickets will be on sale October 22nd.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is set for release in 2014. Keep checking back at RA.com for more updates.


Friday News Round-Up 5/4/12

Moonrise Kingdom set footage and interviews.

For all you Wes Anderson fans that can’t hold back your excitement for Moonrise Kingdom, here are four behind the scenes (b-roll) videos from the set that we know you’ll enjoy. Also, cast interviews with Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.

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See a ton more after the jump.

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