DESCRIPTION: Music usage in Wes Anderson Films


Cinemetrics lab is the latest addition to our site, and is still work in progress. When finished, the lab is envisaged to offer students of film history a range of analytical tools that will help them dissect, visualize and compare film-related data. We started with a large-scale comparative chart which looks a little like a star map. It is a scattergraph each dot on which represents a film available on our database. Select areas by dragging a rectangle to zoom in and see better different areas of film history. Once you have found your film on this map you will see how it relates to thousands of other films on the x-axis of time (past 111 years of film history) and on the y-axis of average shot lengths. What we intend to do is to add more tools to the lab in order to augment its statistics apparatus and enhance its means of data visualizations.

Year/ASL chart. Note the Log10 scale on the y-axis. It allows us to see all films in the very widely spread high ASL range.

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This lab's films are shown in yellow.

List of films in this lab:

Life Aquatic, The: (7) ASL 7.3
Royal Tenenbaums, The: (7) ASL 7.1
Rushmore : (7) ASL 6.5
Bottle Rocket (2nd attempt): (7) ASL 6.3
Darjeeling Limited, The: (7) ASL 8.9


This data was collected as part of a MA thesis project focusing on authorship and Wes Anderson and this is my first attempt at a lab - each of his 5 films has been recorded at least twice, to measure close-ups/inserts/overhead close-ups/overhead inserts and, in this case, Anderson's use of score and pop music in his films.  With this lab feature, the specifics of the trials don't matter so much, but it is interesting to see the creeping ASL across the relatively small body of work, both film-number and year-wise.