Wes Anderson Collection Video Essay

A collection of Wes Anderson video essays

Two official announcements
1) I will NOT be doing a Wes Anderson video essay. The market is saturated and I have nothing to add.
2) I do NOT take requests for video essay topics. Please stop flooding my inbox.

So since I’m not going to do one, here’s a bunch of Wes Anderson links.

Matt Zoller Seitz gets his own heading. He has written two books:

The Wes Anderson Collection
The Grand Budapest Hotel

He has also done thirteen (!!!!!) video essays:

Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style (five parts)
Bottle Rocket
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Darjeeling Limited
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Moonrise Kingdom
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Hard to tell, but Matt might like Wes Anderson.

David Bordwell has written several blog entires on Wes Anderson
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Moonrise Kingdom

Hard to tell, but he also might like Wes Anderson.

Wes Anderson // Centered
Wes Anderson // From Above

Jaume R. Lloret
Wes Anderson // Vehicles

Rishi Kaneria
Red & Yellow: A Wes Anderson Supercut

Paul Waters
Wes Anderson: A Mini Documentary

Way Too Indie
Mise en Scène & The Visual Themes of Wes Anderson

The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders

Alex Buono
Making of The Midnight Coterie (blog post)

Wes Anderson Screenplays
Every Wes Anderson script

Now, never ask me about Wes Anderson again. Please.

“In The Wes Anderson Collection, Seitz expands a series of video essays on Anderson’s influences, illuminating as much of Anderson’s process as possible in a massive, beautifully rendered volume. Although it looks (and sometimes reads) like a coffee table book, The Wes Anderson Collection brings together style and substance to provide a loving homage to Anderson’s films and moviemaking in general.”

(The A.V. Club)

“Your coffee table wants—no, scratch that—needs this book . . . Packed with 400 images of everything from behind-the-scenes set shots to makeup inspiration to hand-drawn storyboards, the massive tome is pure eye candy. But in addition to the visuals, Seitz also dives deep into each and every Anderson film.”


“A magical tour of Wes Anderson’s filmography.”

(C magazine)

“Each page of this book—filled with conversations, photographs and artwork surrounding each film—showcases Anderson’s pop-culture inspirations from Hitchcock and Star Wars to Jacques Cousteau and the French New Wave. Better than most of their kind, the talks reveal a candidness and honesty between critic and director, allowing Seitz to dig around Anderson’s vault and share his discoveries.”


The Wes Anderson Collection comes as close as a book can to reading like a Wes Anderson film. The design is meticulously crafted, with gorgeous full-page photos and touches like a still representation of Rushmore’s opening montage.”

(The A.V. Club)

“Reading the book, you feel as if you’re disappearing into the miniature world of Anderson’s movies, like you’re playing around in the files and fastidiously kept dossiers assembled for each project. In this way, the book mimics the work.”


“It’s smart, informative, and looks beautiful. In other words, it’s the perfect gift.”

(Complex magazine)

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