For fans of the characteristically dollhouse-meticulous set design in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” come two extras: an illustrated script and an interview with the film’s production designer, Adam Stockhausen, on The New York Times’ The Carpetbagger blog. While the film was snubbed by the Academy in the visual categories, only snagging one nomination for Best Original Screenplay, critics agreed that Anderson again served up a tasty visual treat – so it’s no surprise to see this interest in the film’s ocular appeal.
Stockhausen collaborated with Anderson on “The Darjeeling Limited” and in his interview he shares a few concept drawings and some insights into the production that worth checking out. Meanwhile, the illustrated script is courtesy of Focus Features as part of an awards-hype package on their site. Don’t get too excited – the script is not “interactive” per se. Rolling over images will not cause any enchanted doors to swing open. But along with the script are images from the film, storyboards and photos of Wes himself on set. Seeing him in his hipster gear and reading his treasure map-worthy scrawl does add a little something to the experience, and it’s definitely worth flipping through the pages (you can check a few above and below to get the idea).
Aside from “Moonrise Kingdom,” admirers of “ParaNorman,” “Anna Karenina,” “Hyde Park on Hudson” and “Promised Land” should also check out Focus Features’ For Your Consideration page here for testimonials from the film’s artists, script downloads and soundtrack listening.