Great Job, Internet!: “Wes Anderson—Mirror Effects” shows a man in complete control of his mise en scène
Pablo Fernández Eyre has performed a simple editing trick, and by doing so has revealed a beautiful facet to the filmmaking of Wes Anderson. By mirroring the image on one side of the screen, either horizontally or vertically, Eyre has underscored just how organized Anderson is in his shots, creating beautiful images that conform to a type of symmetry and converge at a negative space in the central point of the screen.
It may seem like most directors would do this (and Eyre has made a similar video about The Matrix trilogy), but Anderson is exceptional in his ability to use the central lines of his horizontal and vertical landscapes to paint these beatific images that subtly communicate their structured symmetry to viewers’ brains. This method reveals a great deal about one filmmaker’s impressive ability to control mise en scène and visually tell his stories through it.