saturday night live Director of Photography Alex Buono talks about how he and his team created the trailer for the hilarious short midnight circle of fearsome intruders. The 2013 trailer short was a horror film by filmmaker Wes Anderson. Actor Edward Norton, an Anderson regular host SNL that weekend. But instead of playing himself briefly, he skillfully transformed into Owen Wilson.
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Buono said his. written in blog that was the name of the original trailer New Horror Trailer. Originally, they thought the little one was something for Halloween. “It Wasn’t Until 2”Ra The page that reveals the voiceover: ‘From the twisted mind of…Wes Anderson.’ Wait – is this a Wes Anderson parody? Oh yes!” he wrote.
As a fan of Anderson’s work, Buono was ready to tackle Short. But at the same time the challenge was a bit intimidating. “Wes Anderson is one of the most distinctive filmmakers of our time; his style is so unique you might think it would be easy to satirize,” he remarked. But constraints include the color palette, Anderson-specific camera angles, and other signature Shots included. “Suddenly the place had turned into something I was dying to shoot that I was afraid to shoot!” he shared. But one thing was clear: The team was set in an authentic Anderson-esque was going to make, which was not going to happen in 30 Rock.
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The creative team knew they had to build the set and find a location. “One thing was immediately clear: There’s no way we could find a place that looked like Wes Anderson’s ‘World’ — we’d have to build sets,” Buono recalled.
“The script includes a living room, kitchen and bedroom, as well as a handful of tableau sets for character introductions (such as ‘wardrobe full of antique typewriters‘) – all that we could make out on stage. But the script starts off with a misdirection—a classic horror trailer setup: a horror night outside a cabin in the woods being pummeled by shadowy intruders—that we knew we couldn’t shoot on stage. Also note: SNL The office is in the middle of midtown Manhattan…not exactly a prime location to find a ‘cabin in the woods’ location.”
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And while the short appears to have been filmed in the woods, perhaps somewhere above New York, Buono explained how he created the magic of the film and that it was… in Brooklyn. Steiner Stage in Brooklyn – a premiere sound stage facility – is located within the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which also includes a cluster of disused Navy officer residences: boarded-up, overgrown, condemned old mansions. Exactly at Universal Studios Not far behind, but perfect if you’re looking for a spooky old cabin in the woods.
The short end was shot at “a former naval surgeon’s residence that looked like a haunted French chateau.” Buono thought it “seemed somehow more fitting for Wes Anderson’s style. The building was covered with ivy and tall trees but with a little grooming and dressing, we thought it would totally work.” “
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Andersen’s recreating camera angles and colors will add authenticity. The creative team examined the colors of Anderson’s films as great mr fox And Moonrise Kingdom. He studied and reconstructed Anderson’s camerawork. Buono described how the team dealt with the lighting, especially because the short had to be shot at night.
Buono also described how he created the homicidal stop action mouse. An outside animation company pitched in to bring the mouse to life.
The shooting got so busy that Buono was on set for almost 48 hours. In fact, he described the short edit at the eleventh hour. “It’s exactly 11:30 now — but technically our location wasn’t airing until after the second ad, so we’re basically in penalty time,” he recalled.
“None of us knew at the time that the studio’s associate director, Matt Yonks, decided to roll the dice and play the fixed spot straight in the air. The spot was literally still loading into the switcher as it aired was going. Holy crap,” he said. But what came out that night in 2013 was true film magic. Even Anderson regular Jason Schwartzman called it career-defining.
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