Magazine article Screen International

Wes Anderson "Would" Make 3D Movie

Magazine article Screen International

Wes Anderson "Would" Make 3D Movie

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Moonrise Kingdom director says he would consider making a 3D film; and would like to turn his new short for Prada into a series set around the world.

Wes Anderson discussed 3D, animation and an idea for a series of shorts at the Rome Film Festival this evening [Nov 13], where he introduced the world premiere of a short sponsored by Italian fashion label Prada.

The Moonrise Kingdom director, whose Grand Budapest Hotel will open the Berlinale in February, was joined on stage by regular collaborators Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman.

Together with cinematographer Darius Khondji, they worked on Castello Cavalcanti, an eight-minute short centred on racing driver Jed Cavalcanti and set during Italy's Molte Miglia rally in September 1955.

Shot at Rome's famous Cinecitta studios, where Federico Fellini made La Dolce Vita, it opens with Cavalcanti (Schwartzman) crashing his car in a village square, where the racing driver soon discovers he has a connection with the people.

Coppola revealed there was a prop included in the short that was used in La Dolce Vita and said: "The fact that we used a prop that had been in that movie was a wondrous thing."

Anderson said the short was inspired by a scene from Fellini's Amarcord (1973) and could be the first in a series set at famous studios around the world.

"I love Jason's character of this racing car driver in the 1950s and we think this could be the first chapter in an ongoing series," the director told a packed theatre at the festival's Cinema Village.

"We have to ask Prada but they have been so enthusiastic and encouraging, I bet they would let us do another one.

"This is sort of connected to Fellini and we filmed it at Cinecittà. Maybe these films could be connected to different countries and different filmmakers. There are many wonderful old studios. There's one in Nice; Toho in Japan; and Ealing in the UK.

"Maybe we could go to the studios that we love from old movies and try set one of these there and connect each one with the filmmakers who worked in that place. It would be a world tour with this guy."

He cautiously added: "It'll probably never happen."


In an interview for an upcoming feature, Vision3's Chris Parks, who was stereo supervisor on Gravity, told Screen that he would like to work with Anderson on a future project.

Asked by ScreenDaily if he would ever consider making a film in 3D, Anderson said: "I would. The 3D in Gravity is unbelievable and Alfonso Cuaron is quite amazing.

"The last movie from him was staggering. The staging of the scenes in Children Of Men are so powerful and exciting. But the 3D in Gravity is at a whole other level and I wouldn't begin to know how to take on scenes the way Alfonso does.

The director continued to enthuse about 3D and revealed he had been watching classic and contemporary movies in the format.

He said: "We recently got a 3D TV and Blu-Ray player. I loved Spielberg's 3D in Tintin. I also got Dial M for Murder, which I'd never seen in 3D, which is essentially in one room. The 3D is mainly used, I found, for lamps. There's a few other things, like the hand reaching out. But just the way the way the lamps and furniture and people are staged in 3D is spectacular. [Hitchcock's] visual mind working in 3D.

"I recently got a photography set by Jacques Henri Lartigue. …

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