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‘Wes Anderson Centered’ proves the director is more meticulous than you realized

Mar 17, 2014

Wes Anderson is more than just a celebrated director—fans have such a personal connection to his films they feel they belong in them; it’s like he’s invented a cinematic universe with its own rules and language that speaks directly to them. As it turns out, in a sense, he has.

Aside from the costumes and intensely stylized art direction, the new video “Wes Anderson Centered” shows a specific trick of the Wes Anderson cinematic language hidden in plain sight: absolutely centered shots. Whether in live action movies or the animated “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Wes again and again composes shots with perfect symmetry—a highly unusual choice that helps give his movies a distinct “Andersonian” flare.

It’s also interesting to note that there are no shots from “Bottle Rocket” in the video—Wes’s first movie that predates the distinct design fingerprint of his later films.

Wes Anderson // Centered from kogonada on Vimeo.

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