Watch: Discover the Sounds that Inhabit the Films of Wes Anderson

Sound design is one of the more under-appreciated aspects of a Wes Anderson production.

Every element of Wes Anderson's mise en scène is immaculately constructed—and, in turn, has been deconstructed by fans and critics alike. The auteur's use of symmetry is perhaps his most well-known trademark; close seconds are his films' camera movement and set design.

Even Anderson's use of windows and the decisions he makes regarding his characters' ages have been analyzed. But one of the single most important elements about the idiosyncratic director is often left out of the discussion: his sound design. 

As evidenced particularly in his new film Isle of Dogs, sound design is integral to the Anderson universe. A new video essay from Fandor isolates some key aural moments from Anderson's filmography, such as the many bells ringing throughout his films and the percussive symphony that is dining in a Wes Anderson movie. Among other things, the director creates tension, draws attention to important story details, and cultivates a sense of wonder using sound.

To watch the video essay, click the image above. Hats off to the sound designers, editors, and foley artists who worked tirelessly to make Anderson's whimsical worlds come to life.     

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Most people don't understand that sound is sometimes more important than visuals.

April 16, 2018 at 9:20AM

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