How to Make A Wes Anderson-Inspired Family Christmas Video
After a family viewing of Moonrise Kingdom, and the opportunity of days without any obligations (read: nothing to do), we decided to shoot our own short film as a a tribute to Wes Anderson. I highly suggest this creative exercise during your next family holiday. Here are the tips and tricks we used while making our Wes Anderson-inspired Christmas video:
1) Third-person narrative: potentially omniscient. Use this to frame your story line and also move the plot along. We choose to use the youngest and cutest member of the family
3) Foreground vs Background: have something serious happening in the foreground, with something completely unrelated and active in the background. Neither acknowledge the other.
4) Alternative Indie music choice: Wes Anderson listens to better music than all of us. Choose something hip.
5) Font choice: for the introduction and/or if you choose to do a 'Rushmore'-style montage you'll need a really great font. If you are using iMovie just use Helvetica.
We added a few other Wes Anderson-inspired elements like a tinted filter but left out one like obligatory smoking character. Special thanks to our actors, my nephews, brother and brother-in-law, and our creative director and video editor, my boyfriend. Enjoy!