The Director’s Concept: Wes Anderson

You may know him from The Royal Tenebaums, Moonrise Kingdom or even Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Wes Anderson is one of the most identifiable directors of our day.


Watch this video with clips of his movies.

Anderson is very deliberate in his choices, using a distinctive look that permeates all of his movies. He creates movies from the ground up, often writing, directing, and even acting in his own films. He is very precise in his choices of color and overall visual look, to the extent of building costumes and sets to really capture that Wes Anderson feel. Because his films are so detailed, it takes years to complete one. He has only completed seven feature-length films over a period of almost 20 years. However, most of these have received critical acclaim and, more important than that, are quite popular.

To describe his process, Anderson has said, “Usually I’m thinking of some kind of atmosphere to go with where the story is taking place. It’s sort of a vague concept, a feeling. The process is actually pinning down and gathering the details it’s going to be built from. Somewhere it shifts from being inspiration to a kind of research.”

Chase Ramsey, the director of What the Bellhop Saw, was very inspired by Anderson’s take on the process and his particular aesthetic: the handcrafted costumes, the highly saturated primary colors, and even the look of his publicity posters.

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royal tenebaums    publicity photo 3

Moonrise kingdom  publicity photo 2

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As you can see, we went for the Wes Anderson look. Well, at first we did. Then we… Well, it is a farce :)

Although this concept isn’t going to be incredibly apparent in our production of What the Bellhop Saw, it will have colored it (no pun intended).

As Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” and as my mentors have often told me, “You’re only as good as who you steal from.”*

Thank you, Wes Anderson!


*Note: Nothing has been plagiarized in this production. No one was harmed in the making of this blog post.