Isle of Dogs art gallery, plus a chat with DP Tristan Oliver
In early November the New York gallery Parasol Projects hosted an official Fox Searchlight-sponsored Isle of Dogs art gallery exhibit featuring artistic tributes to the Wes Anderson film, as well as the “King Family Kitchen” and “Spot’s Home” sets from the movie. In conjunction with the exhibit ComingSoon.net got to chat with Isle of Dogs‘ director of photography Tristan Oliver, and received a whole gallery of images which you can check out in the gallery below!
Tristan Oliver on the research process for the film…
Tristan Oliver on why Isle of Dogs was easier to make than Fantastic Mr. Fox…
Tristan Oliver on practical vs digital techniques…
Stop-motion animation is a painstaking, deliberate process, a technique that involves positioning of puppets in various sizes on actual sets, their incremental movements individually photographed and manipulated frame by frame to create a motion effect but Isle of Dogs brought it to a whole new level. It is like a Japanese Edo-period woodblock print come to life in a completely unique and well, Wes Anderson way. This sort of filmmaking takes years to accomplish and the gorgeous result is a testament to the artists’ passion and respect for this medium and their dedication to Anderson’s very specific vision.
Tristan Oliver has worked with Anderson on his first stop-motion foray, Fantastic Mr. Fox. Other credits in that world include Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and Paranorman. For Isle of Dogs, he strove to imbue the format with scale and beauty, a painterly approach and a live action aesthetic – across 50 shooting units running simultaneously! That’s 50 sets, 50 cameras, and maybe 30 or 40 animators working across those sets. And on any one day he might be turning half to 30 of those sets around, so it’s an intensely busy environment. Oliver typically lit 12-15 sets himself, because he enjoys that process but obviously he couldn’t do all of it himself! And the scale ratio is daunting – The camera relative to the character is enormous so that creates logistical issues specific to stop-motion – and on top of that, Oliver had to be true to Wes Anderson’s specific and often very symmetrical framing vision!
Isle of Dogs tells the story of Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.
Produced by Indian Paintbrush, the voice cast for Isle of Dogs includes F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bud Cort, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama and Frank Wood.
Building upon the successful collaboration on The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson return as producers, while Fox Searchlight Pictures will distribute the film in partnership with Indian Paintbrush.