Audio-visual remixers Eclectic Method have compiled a brand new movie mixtape exploring the styles and themes of Wes Anderson. The bustling five-minute clip shows off Anderson’s unique filmmaking methods, noting everything from his love of symmetry and sprawling tracking shots, to idiosyncratic details like his tendency to film food from above or transportation scenes from the helm of the vehicle.
Noting how Anderson’s characters move like “costumed dolls in a vast toy house,” fight sequences, chain smoking, music and dancing, and the most tender moments from The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom, Rushmore, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou are cobbled together, per the Eclectic Method’s description, “like a cross section of a doll house.” The video also highlights the deadpan wit and bright-eyed wonder Anderson utilizes when approaching favorite themes like wealth, friendship, love and all of life’s general uncertainties. And of course the Eclectic Method includes plenty of Anderson’s best constant: Bill Murray.
If you’re looking to delve deeper into the intricacies of Anderson’s filmmaking, check out our breakdown of the filmmaker’s highly stylized worlds, as well as our conversation with go-to music supervisor Randall Poster, who shares his favorite perfectly-scored scenes.