A few years back I wrote an article about the Rule of Thirds (using cinematographer Darius Khondji’s amazing work in Se7en as an illustration) and how using it as a compositional tool can potentially yield great looking shots.
Recently Criterion Collection released this montage clip with footages from several Wes Anderson films, and it is a beautiful anti-thesis visual statement about the Rule of Thirds. Check it out below :
As always, watching Wes Anderson’s (or any other accomplished director’s) films is a great way to learn more about cinematography, and get inspired at the same time.
And yes, The Royal Tenenbaums is my favourite Wes Anderson film.21