Wes Anderson is one of those modern auteurs with a laundry list of highly distinctive visual and thematic touches, so it’s no wonder that when comedians are tasked to create a parody in the style of a director, or when editors want to put together a tribute for a director’s body of work, Anderson’s name pops up more often than any other. All one has to do is to match cut a handful of his signature immaculately symmetrical frames, gently lay it down on an audio track full of melancholic ’60s songs, bookend the whole thing with giant blocks of yellow text, and you got yourself a prime piece of languid hipster porn.
However, even when we think we’ve seen every tonal approach from director tributes on the web, every once in a while a refreshing take presents itself. Vimeo user Ana Romao’s brisk and energetic Anderson video, titled “The Wes Anderson Obsession,” is one of those. Instead of creating a straightforward tribute with the predictable match cuts (although there are still a lot of those, I never noticed just how much gunplay is in Anderson’s body of work before), the video plays with creative techniques such as split-screen, repetitive motion, and even a curtain of images to liven things up. The repetition of certain moments sometimes feels like we’re watching a bad modern art installation, but otherwise this is a solid piece of work.
Watch the tribute below. [35MM]