From the music, to the art style, to its depiction of Taiko drumming and sushi preparation, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is steeped in Japanese culture — and now the film has a new poster created specially for its release in Japan on 25 May, drawn by legendary manga artist and Akiracreator Katsuhiro Otomo. The artist, who also directed the film version of Akiraand Steamboy, has incorporated the human and canine characters of Anderson’s stop-motion animated fantasy in his design, providing a new twist on the film’s name and setting.
ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
...dois pequenos ensaios em vídeo: um sobre o seu diretor de fotografia de sempre, Robert Yeoman; outro um pequeno exercício interessante que compara imagens de filmes de Wes Anderson e Yasujiro Ozu.
Assignment for the cinematography pathway at Met Film School (London). - A short featurette on a director of photography that inspires us. [All video footage collected from external sources, please refer to credits.]
Wes Anderson is known for his whimsical films with dry humour, bright colour palettes, and for his distinct narrative and visual style. Yasujiro Ozu, arguably less well-known to mainstream audiences, made a name for himself as the "most Japanese of all film directors", known for his calm, minimalist approach to film and his tendency to revisit the same kinds of stories over and over again. The relationship that exists between these Anderson and Ozu, if any, might not be immediately tangible, so the purpose of this essay is try and draw some visual, thematic, and narrative parallels between these two extraordinarily distinct artists. Anderson and Ozu are two of my favourite directors, so it seemed only natural to pay tribute to them and their incredible filmographies. Enjoy!