Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson’s New H&M Christmas Ad, With Adrien Brody, Is Totally Stylish and Delightful

H&M has had a very strong year in its advertising, and it's putting a festive bow on 2016 with this lovely short film for Christmas, directed by Wes Anderson (with help from London agency adam&eveDDB) and starring Adrien Brody. It's set on a train—a favorite environment for Anderson—at the holidays, but bad weather has delayed the trip. So Brody, who plays the conductor, and his train colleagues put on a nice Christmas surprise for the passengers, including one diminutive guest in particular. The film is shot in typical Anderson style, including tracking shots and great attention to detail. The final scene is quite emotional, which is nice, too, amid the exquisite design.

How the Hyphen Is Shaping the Future of Advertising

Every month, some conference, roundtable, festival interview or trade column presents another thought leader offering a jargon-infested declaration stating that whatever you currently accept as normal is now dead.

See Why Visiting This L.A. Suburb Is Like Stepping Into a Wes Anderson Film

Nestled on the eastern border of bustling Los Angeles, there's a picturesque suburb that, according to Vancouver-based agency Wallop Film, is one of the "best-kept secrets of L.A."

This Homage to Famous Modern Directors Was Made Entirely With Stock Footage

Shutterstock has scoured its library of footage and music to compile a truly impressive tribute video to some of today's most visually iconic directors.

Watson Design Group Turns Films Into Rich Interactive Online Experiences

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Return to Rushmore: Best Buy’s Back-to-School Ad Channels a Wes Anderson Classic

Wes Anderson's Rushmore was a clear inspiration for Best Buy's back-to-school spot, which, like the 1998 film, focuses on a student juggling an excess of extracurricular interests.

Lego Artisans Rebuild The Grand Budapest Hotel, Completely to Scale

To help promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Wes Anderson's delightful film The Grand Budapest Hotel, distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned Lego sculptors (yes, this is a thing) to build a huge replica of the title dwelling.

Syfy Is Making a Third Sharknado, and We’ve Already Written 5 Pitches for It

Syfy tells Adweek exclusively that it has green-lit a third movie in its increasingly silly Sharknado franchise before even airing the second one (official title: The Second One). The first flick cost the network a scant $250,000, a cost repaid in social chatter and fan love. Now the network has committed to a third film to be set in a yet-to-be-determined city, presumably with the rest of the principal cast from Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One, provided no airborne carnivorous fish spend their last moments on Earth munching on Tara Reid or Ian Ziering between now and then. So here, without further ado, are five pitches we feel Syfy should consider while the network tries to figure out how next to fling a funnel cloudful of surprised apex predators teeth-first into the public imagination. Oh, and for the record, Sharkando 2 premieres Wednesday, July 30, just after San Diego Comic Con. Sharknado 3 is slated to air in summer 2015. 3harknado Starring Nathan Fillion, Portia de Rossi, Alison Brie and Joel Hodgson, the third Sharknado tears apart San Diego during the reunion of cult classic TV series SpaceShark 2025. During a panel Q&A with fans, the down-on-their-luck cast is rent asunder by the very monsters their fictional characters used to battle. Will they learn who engineered this catastrophe? And when they do, will the answer shock them? Sharknado 3: Sharksplode! Executive produced by Michael Bay with 35 percent new footage, the world really has a mess on its hands when a waterspout hits a once-in-a-lifetime ... uh, thrice-in-a-lifetime ... school of sharks—and then a mid-Atlantic oil rig! Now filled with flammable light sweet crude, the angry and frightened fish burst into waterproof flames on impact with the ground. Our only hope may be the brave men and women of the Navy's elite SHaRK unit, who must place themselves in harm's way between hundreds of sharksplosions... and Big Ben. Wes Anderson's Splendid Third Sharknado Directed by Wes Anderson from a screenplay co-written with Roman Coppola, Daniel Day-Lewis and Jeff Goldblum star as romantic rivals Commander Jonas Welk and Chef Brent Klein, respectively the captain and the cook of a six-story-tall, 700-foot-long airliner nearing the end of its six-year mission to explore cirrus cloud formations. Tensions run high during the biweekly midair refuelings, though discomfort is offset somewhat by the opulent ballrooms and smoking lounges aboard the jet. When a probe disturbs a nest of rare flying sharks atop the highest mountain in the world, the two men must put aside their differences—and their shared adoration of the first mate (Tilda Swinton)—to rescue the frightened creatures from a dizzying plummet to their demise. Meanwhile, Commander Welk comes to terms with the death of his sister.

Chinese Artist’s Job Application to Wes Anderson Is Bizarrely Hypnotic

"Working for Wes Anderson," in some ways an obsessive homage to the award-winning director, also stands on its own as an impressive example of avant-garde artistry. Chinese media artist Youyou Yang created the trailers below as part of a job application to work for the director. Instead of simply putting together a few spots to show off her filmmaking chops, Yang used scraps and "memories" scrounged from the site of The Grand Budapest Hotel's filming in Görlitz, Germany. Each of her vignettes ranges from 90 seconds to three minutes, featuring latex-gloved hands performing chemical "experiments" related to The Grand Budapest Hotel or Yang's experience wandering around Görlitz and hitting up the production company for work while Anderson was making the movie. "The set of four trailers tickles the conventions of traditional film trailers and media publicity in general," she writes on the project's website. "The deviation from the 'notorious' Anderson visual style by conscious design makes clear the gesture of extricating the spirit of the work without replication." Yang never lapses into parody. There are no Bill Murray montages. Yet, the careful flow and attention to detail feel decidedly Anderson-esque. She ultimately preserves her own artsy, idiosyncratic vision and lets viewers draw their conclusions about what she's trying to say. If you enjoy the trailers, you might want to check out Yang's unflinchingly weird and wonderful 20-minute opus, "Pre-Invention of a Time Machine," complete with the director wearing horse and unicorn masks and wielding an extremely large pencil. If Anderson won't hire her, maybe David Lynch or Harmony Korine will. Via PSFK.

Adweek’s Top 5 Commercials of the Week

Thanksgiving may still be two weeks away, but the trickle of holiday commercials this week became a torrent, especially from retailers in Britain, who take their Christmas advertising responsibilities very seriously.