You could say that I love all of the works of Wes Anderson. Here I am going to show you just a few of the qualities of his films that I especially love as a lomographer.
We all agree: Forget the rules!
The rule of what? Wes Anderson defends Lomography’s Golden Rule no. 10, “Don’t worry about the rules!” in often completely disregarding the rule of thirds. Wait, does that mean he does follow the rules? Well, whatever…
The point is this: this dude does it symmetrical, and I mean very symmetrical. Don’t believe me? Look at this great video made by Vimeo user kogonada. Here you can see many great examples of his centralized perspectives.
Attention to Colors
Whether loud and saturated or faded and vintage, Wes Anderson pays great attention to color. In his newest work, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” there’s a charming contrast between scenes with understated, antiqued colors and those with popping, impressive colors. “The Darjeeling Limited” is, though, one of his brightest and most colorful films. I was extremely tired the last time I saw the film, but the colors still captured me and left me spellbound. On the other hand, “Moonrise Kingdom” is loved for its yellow-toned saturation, which creates a kind of vintage effect.
Attention to Form and Pattern
The thing about Wes Anderson films that first captured my heart were the colors and patterns that he picks out. Either the walls and carpets are plain, simple and monotonous, or they’re bright and tacky. In “The Darjeeling Limited,” you can see how well he harmonizes these contrasts, especially on the walls. This phenomenon can be seen in all of his films, though.
One thing is certain: Wes Anderson knows how to pick a camera angle. You can see the view from above especially often in his works. Here is another supercut from kogonada, but this time it’s all about the bird’s eye view:
Look out for all of these things the next time you see something by him! As lomographers, I think you will appreciate the artistry of Wes Anderson films.
Check out other articles on Wes Anderson in the Lomography magazine! And while you’re at it, you might also want to browse through other film-related articles on our Friday Movie Flashback, The Director's Chair, and Kino Stories series.