Watch: The Meticulous Visual Symmetry in the Films of Wes Anderson

March 18, 2014

Wes Anderson Centered

There's been plenty of cool stuff emerging with the release of Wes Anderson's latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel arriving in more and more theaters each weekend. We just saw the very specific instructions for the projectionist due to the three different aspect ratios in the film, and also a cool instructional short on how to make a tasty pastry from the film. But now a cool video essay dives into Anderson's work to examine his incredible use of visual symmetry. From Rushmore to Fantastic Mr. Fox and last year's Moonrise Kingdom, it's a great look at just how perfect each of Anderson's shots are.

Here's the video essay Wes Anderson // Centered from Kogonada (via The Film Stage):

Also, here's a cool scene breakdown from The Grand Budapest Hotel from The New York Times:

And this short arrived on “The Society of the Crossed Keys," featuring Bill Murray (via Fox Searchlight:

The Grand Budapest Hotel is written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore) and tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. Fox Searchlight released The Grand Budapest Hotel in limited theaters on March 7th and expands wide in coming weeks.

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Reader Feedback - 2 Comments


Yeah, i have heard about these secret hotel concierge societies... makes you wonder? Right?

shane willett on Mar 18, 2014


Humans love symmetry.

DAVIDPD on Mar 18, 2014

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