Installation

Going Inside the Incredible Movie Sets of Wes Anderson’s "Isle of Dogs"

April 05, 2018

We have been showing you a lot of coverage on Wes Anderson's newest film, Isle of Dogs, because rarely do we get a chance to see the process of such a beloved director. Obviously, for his new stop-motion film, the sets are going to be intricate art pieces, and The Store X on The Strand in London had a full exhibition of the sets from Anderson's film! Today is the last day, but at least we have some pics! 

From the gallery: 

Anderson’s fictional city Megasaki has arrived at The Store X on The Strand, along with its autocratic puppet mayor Kobayashi: a man with a vendetta against dogs. In the stop-motion animation, Kobayashi exiles all canines to Trash Island – on show in all its rubbish-laden glory – where they form clans and fight for food. Meanwhile the mayor’s 12-year-old nephew embarks on a mission to save his beloved dog Spot and turn around the fortunes of all his furry friends. 

Some 17 original sets take over the ground floor of The Store X’s Brutalist building. These meticulously crafted visions of Japanese culture are a model architecture-lover’s dream – the towering metropolis has been created in extraordinary detail, down to pot plants and the requisite red lanterns. There’s even a wood-panelled bar, stocked with medically enhanced sake. Meanwhile, you can almost spell the festering rubbish on Trash Island.

"Everything you see has been made – there was no option to pop to a prop store," says cinematographer Tristan Oliver. "Even the lanterns have been hand-carved and painted in resin."

Design cues for some of Wes Anderson‘s sets came from beyond Japan. Adds Oliver: ‘"’m particularly fond of what we call the 'animal testing facility', which we based on North Brother Island, a tuberculosis hospital off the coast of New York. It was abandoned once a cure was found and taken over by nature. We also referenced the nature-ravaged St Peter’s Seminary in Scotland, particularly its semi-circular niches."

images via The Store X and itsnicethat