Isle of Dogs gets distributor and more details!

Deadline reported today, that Isle of Dogs will be distributed by Fox Searchlight. A movie getting a distributor a day after being announced sounds like a world record. Deadline also reported, that the film will take place in Japan, and tells the story of a boy in search of a dog.

Set in Japan, Isle Of Dogs centers on a boy’s odyssey in search of his pup. The voice cast includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood.

The real Isle of Dogs, or Inujima is a small Japanese island with a population of 72. The island which gets its name from a rock resembling a sitting dog isn’t exactly a popular tourist destination, but it does house art projects. Wes Anderson has been known to come up with eccentric locations to base his films in, but this is the first time his world has collided with Japan.

(Image from http://oldblog.cmoa.org/)

Want to work on Isle of Dogs? Here’s your chance!

Not only can you get a role in Isle of Dogs, the production company behind the next big Anderson film is also looking to fill a wide variety of positions, so if you’re a UK based artist with stop motion experience, this might be your chance. We’ve heard rumours of speeches by Wes himself every morning!

OD Productions, based in East London, is currently shooting a very exciting Stop Motion Feature Film and we are looking to fill a variety of roles in our Puppets Department.

If you have the skills below, please get in touch!
– Miniature Sculptors
– Ideally have stop motion experience
– Talent in miniatures and duplication essential
– Ability to do realistic portrait skills
– Prop Makers
– Ability to make/work with miniature props
– Ability to work to a high level of detail
– Computer literacy in Photoshop and Illustrator essential
– Ability to operate machinery i.e. lathe
– Painters

 

 

Wes Anderson makes new movie official, Announces cast

Wes Anderson finally revealed his project to the world in a video posted yesterday. The new movie will be called Isle of Dogs, and will include voices from well known actors like Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and interestingly a new addition: Scarlett Johansson!

The video was posted as an advertisement for a crowd funding campaign running alongside the production, which aims to raise money for the Film Foundation, a non-profit founded by Martin Scorsese, which aims to protect and preserve motion picture history. Prizes include limited edition t-shirts, concept art and a trip to London and a voice-over role in the film!

So far not much of the plot has been revealed, but the cast and concept art hint of a new location for Wes, Japan.

Edited 7th of January 2017: Fixed broken Vimeo link.

Come Together, Wes Anderson Directs H&M Christmas Advert

Though Wes Anderson has previously made multiple commercials featuring big name actors (Brad Pitt, Lea Seydoux, Roman Coppola), this is the longest one to date. In addition to the camera pans and set design very directly borrowed from both Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel, the advert stars Adrien Brody!

 

The Real Grand Budapest Hotel

Don’t get your hopes up, there isn’t a pink hotel with funicular going up to it hidden anywhere in the Alps. But there is an old department store in a small town on the German-Polish border, which looks strikingly similar to the one depicted in the movie. It looks similar because that’s where the movie was filmed.

Back in the summer of 2015, I went there. The drive was long, about 1,500 km (950 miles), but it was absolutely worth it. Here are some pictures

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The concierge desk
The amazing glass ceiling
The amazing glass ceiling
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It’s actually quite large

The department store is called Kaufhaus Görlitz, and isn’t open to the public at the moment. But it’s currently undergoing renovations, and is set to open at some point in 2017.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe

Apparently The Grand Budapest Hotel has restored Stefan Zweig’s (The Author whose work the movie is loosely based on) fame to it’s past glory, as earlier this summer German director Maria Schrader’s movie titled “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” has premiered in Germany. As of yet not much is known about when the film might see the light of day outside of Germany, there isn’t even a trailer with English subtitles, but the film has been placed on a shortlist of films that that could be selected as the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.

The film has so far received good reviews in Germany, though none have been published so far in English. Hopefully this film gets picked up by the international press as it deserves to be, and maybe even nominated for the Award, even if just for the reason that it’ll be shown in more countries then.

New Wes Anderson book with introduction by Matt Zoller-Seitz

You can already pre order this book that promises to be as beautiful and collectible as the other two “The Wes Anderson Collection” books. Tip: BookDepository.uk is my favorite page to buy books because they are not expensive and the worldwide delivery is free.

This book collects the best artwork from the first five years of “Bad Dads,” an annual exhibition of art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. Curated by Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, “Bad Dads” has continued to grow and progress and has featured work from more than four hundred artists. From paintings to sculptures to limited-edition screen prints, the artworks vary greatly in style, but share the imagery and beloved characters from the mind of one of Hollywood’s most noteworthy and imaginative filmmakers. The book features an original cover by graphic artist Max Dalton, a foreword by writer and director Wes Anderson himself, and an introduction by TV and movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz, author of the bestselling Wes Anderson Collection books.

Stanley Kubrick – Wes Anderson A Style Comparison

“Kubrick is definitely one of my favorites. But usually by the time I’m making a movie, I don’t really know where I’m stealing from. So by the time I make the movie, I think, ‘oh, this is my thing’. But I think I’m always pretty influenced by Kubrick. And Roman Polanski and John Huston and Martin Scorsese – guys whose way with the camera I feel like I’m always taking something from.”
-Wes Anderson on Moonrise Kingdom

STANLEY KUBRICK – WES ANDERSON A Style Comparison from Dante Guerilla on Vimeo.

20 years ago

On February 21st 1996, Bottle Rocket was released, the first feature film directed by Wes Anderson.

Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz wrote this beautiful article to commemorate this special date.

Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson exiting Columbia Pictures offices after signing deal to make Bottle Rocket, which was released 20 years ago this week.
Source: Consequence of Sound facebook.

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