Recap: Wes and Jason at 92nd Street Y


Wes and Jason were at the 92nd Street Y this past Tuesday. Recap and photo from 92Y.

Last night at 92YTribeca—in a discussion moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s Dave Karger—92YTribeca, Borders, and Twentieth Century Fox presented an evening of conversation with director Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, The Royal Tenenbaums) and actor Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Bored to Death). In advance of the release of Anderon’s newest film, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes and Jason discussed working together on the film, a stop motion animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel. 

Karger asked Anderson about the process he used for the voice overs, noting that in many animated movies, the actors will be alone in the studio reciting their lines, in “a very sterile environment,” separated from the other actors in the film. For Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes had everybody “on set” at his friend’s farm in Connecticut, where the actors worked together, recreating scenes from the book. Jason explained if the scene called for a tree, they would find a tree outside. “Yah, ok this tree looks good.” They would then proceed to run around, or do what was called for in the scene, acting out the roles while giving the voice overs. The movie’s website has video from the making of the movie, where you can see this process in action.

Our favorite part of the evening was the Q&A with the audience. One attendee asked Wes about his use of Futura in his films. “Font? Did you just ask a question about his use of fonts?” Karger responded. “Wow, we’ve got hard core font fans here tonight!” We smiled, because it’s true. We do have hard core fans, of all kinds. That’s how we roll at 92YTribeca.

You can view a photo album from the event at 92YTribeca’s Facebook. And keep abreast of all 92YTribeca Film offerings, here.

Further recapping via stretch in the Yankee Racers Forum.