Wes Anderson changed my life
I still remember the Wes Anderson theme I created with much fondness. It was a theme I loved and I carried a lot of the principles of this theme forward with me today.
Usually when I’m making a movie, what I have in mind first, for the visuals, is how we can stage the scenes to bring them more to life in the most interesting way, and then how we can make a world for the story that the audience hasn’t quite been in before.
This theme allowed me to play with colour, to get quirky with my photography and do things that others didn’t expect.
I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach, but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director. And somewhere along the way, I think I’ve made the decision: I’m going to write in my own handwriting.
I think this style helped me become myself, it helped me be OK with standing out and doing something different. Like Wes himself said I decided to write in my own handwriting.
Now when I think of Wes Anderson style I think of symmetry, colour, quirky and storytelling.
Sometimes when you’re editing a movie, you have the thing that you don’t expect – which is you make it longer and longer as you go along.
I really encourage you to give this style a go. It’s so much fun and you will learn a lot about yourself and photography styles.