Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I want to be a Coppola too #2

Adam Stockhausen - production designer on Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom and supervising art director for another great Anderson masterpiece - The Darjeeling Limited and Charlie Kaufman's Synechdoche.  Wow.

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and escape into the wilderness. I can't wait.

 The hand-painted poster of floral font and children's storybook illustration below is gorgeous.

 According to the New York Times quoting Wes himself (that's right, we are on a first name basis), the film was inspired after his watching of François Truffaut's ''L'Argent de Poche'' (Small Change) released in the United States in 1976. A short improvisational comedy about schoolchildren in a petite French town.  'People talk about how the early French New Wave movies were so free, and the camera was so liberated and everything, especially in comparison to the films that came before them,'' Mr. Anderson said. ''But not like this. In 'Small Change,' the camera is even more free. I think Truffaut makes a kind of point of not obsessing about anything involving light, or anything like that. The whole movie had a real documentary feel to it. It makes you realize how meticulous some of those earlier New Wave movies really were.''  

And just like me, Wes says he tends to go on jags, immersing himself in the work of directors.  After seeing and enjoying one film by a particular director, he will then try to see as many of that director's other works as quickly as possible.

 And OMG if the fact it's called Camp Ivanhoe isn't some kind of divine sign that our destinies are bound to intertwine in the very near future...

 "Here I am with Khaki Scout Troup 55 and Kara Hayward, who plays Suzy. This was shot on a farm in Rhode Island. The boy, Sam, has just been struck by lightning."—Wes Anderson.

 "Tilda Swinton. She plays a character—an institution, really—named Social Services. Half Deborah Kerr/ half Maggie Smith." —Wes Anderson.

 The great styling of leading lady Suzy (Kara Hayward) is a lil
Lana Del Ray mixed with the 1960s French chic of Anderson's favourite music era


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