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Wes Anderson Tribute

Here is a fun Wes Anderson tribute that I made for a recent wedding. Mayra and Robert’s wedding reception took place at the Vintage Rose in Tustin after getting married at their local church.

Even if you are not a cinema nerd, you probably know Wes Anderson’s name. Bottle Rocket, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Fantastic Mr. Fox and more.

He might be the best example of a director who’s films can be recognized for his unique style. Love or hate, you can’t deny his unique brand of filmmaking.

I rarely pre-plan things like this for a wedding shoot. Instead, I looking for inspiration to strike during the shoot. When I’ve tried to pre-visualize something it usually doesn’t work. Similar to playing jazz music, I need to be in a headspace where I am ready to act but free to be spontaneous and react.

The bride and groom prep’s were going along just great. Even though Mayra and Robert were both a little shy I was happy with the lighting in the room and was getting really good material. My friend Evan, another talented filmmaker was filming the guy’s getting ready.

After he finished he mentioned how he got a really fun shot of the groom in the elevator. Very much in the style of Wes Anderson. Well that was it, the ball was rolling and we starting finding similar ideas to fit that theme all throughout the wedding.

Just a few of the ideas that we focused on:

Image System

A device I use often in my films. Creating a unified look with lens selection, colors, composition, etc. Wes Anderson’s films tend to use a limited color palette. Usually a bright red or yellow mixed with muted pastels.

Lens selection

Filming subjects closer up with a wider lens.

Symmetry

This is a device that you can see the progression of throughout his work.

Movement

And last and maybe the most obvious is camera movement. While not being able to set up tracks and stage the actors to achieve the same results during a live event such as a wedding I still like to incorporate movement. Using a small hand held gimbal I’m able to simulate tracking shots and add energy and momentum with my footage.

That’s all for now. If you’ve made it this far thanks for nerding out with me. Feel free to leave a comment about the film or your favorite Wes Anderson movie.

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