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Wes Anderson Is Obsessed With Symmetry [Supercut]

The king of twee-filmmaking loves--loves--a symmetrical shot. See a bunch of them here.

People love symmetry. Especially people named Wes Anderson.

The filmmaker's characters and props are constantly shown smack-dab in the center of a frame, as this awesome supercut, from Korean filmmaker Kogonada, proves.

Social scientists have done studies showing that people find symmetrical faces and bodies more beautiful than their non-symmetrical counterparts. So maybe that is what it's all about. Or maybe Anderson is just kind of a sociopath.

Read more about Wes Anderson here and here.

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  • truth. Social scientists have done studies showing that people find symmetrical faces and bodies more beautiful than their non-symmetrical counterparts.

  • Okay, I am Wes' biggest fan (I went to the first non-crew screening for Moonrise, I went to the memorial screening of Bottle Rocket in honor of Kumar Pallana at the USA Film Festival, I have been everywhere Bottle Rocket was filmed, I have a ton of Wes Anderson related memorabilia) and this is just stupid. THIS IS HOW YOU LINE UP A SHOT, MORONS. YOU CAN LITERALLY DO THIS TO ANY MOVIE EVER. EVERY FILMMAKER IS "OBSESSED WITH SYMMETRY". Like AJ said, this is one point perspective. Please don't be so dumb.

  • What I notice most about his films is his sense of just overall composition. The Royal Tenenbaums is such a visual treat when you look at the placement, balance, and color of items and actors.

  • Aj Matarrita

    It's not so much symmetry as it is one point perspective. I mean they are close but one point perspective isn't always necessarily symmetrical. it is true though that it is supposed to be more pleasing to the human eye. If you google it, there is also a master cut like this on Stanley Kubrick. He used it A LOT! Nice article.