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  • Production Designer Spotlight

    Wes AndersonWhat If Metropolis

    Brad Lee King

  • Wes Anderson

    A Brief History

    Wesley Wales Anderson was born on May 1, 1969, in Houston, Texas, Born the middle child of three brothers. Of his two brothers, his younger brother Eric is a writer and artist who's paintings have featured in several of Wes'


    His first ventures into filmmaking were with his father's Super 8 camera, which he used to make silent films with

    starring his brothers and friends, originally aiming to become a writer like his younger brother would become.

    After graduating from St. John's School in 1987 he went on to attend the University of Texas to study Philosophy while working part time as a cinema projectionist, while there he

    would go on to meet a recurring collaborator Owen Wilson.

  • Common Themes and


    Among the films that Anderson has

    produced since he started his professional

    film career in 1996 with the film Bottle

    Rocket, there are a series of recurring

    elements that have are now commonplace

    and tropes that fans of his expect to see in

    future releases.

    These can include...

  • Recurring Cast

    There has always been a select group of

    performers that repeatedly appear in

    Anderson's pictures, from his near constant

    partnership with actor Owen Wilson, to his

    constant work with Bill Murray since his

    second feature Rushmore (1998)

  • Soundtracks

    Anderson's films are well known for their

    mix of 60's and 70's pop music where one

    band will normally fill the majority of a

    single films soundtrack.

    These score choices normally co-inside with

    the melancholy vibe of his films.

  • Colour Palette

    Another trope of his films is the use of a

    limited colour palette throughout the

    picture. Once he has decided upon the

    overall look and atmosphere of the film, he

    will normally stick to that palette and colours

    that are similar.

  • And Finally...


    The most well known visual theme Anderson has become known for, and the main reason for me

    choosing him, his near obsessive use of symmetry in his sets and shots in films.

    Clearly inspired by Kubrick's work in films like The Shining and 2001, this practice has become common place in all off Anderson's recent films.

    The reason this is relevant to me, is because my What If Metropolis artist Charley Day, used

    symmetry to a similarly frequent amount in his work.