It seems obvious now, but before today I never realized that the world's best job is Wes Anderson Film Location Scout. Just think of it: traveling from one colorful, vaguely Soviet-style building to the next via motorcycle, your hand-held suitcases tossed into the sidecar, as you shoot every quirky scene with your vintage Leica and send the negatives back to Wes to consider via carrier pigeon.
It's a job that's so enticing that Redditors have started doing it for free. A few days ago, someone created the Accidental Wes Anderson subreddit, which has since been filled with users submitting their take on which locations would be perfect for the Houston-raised director's distinct aesthetic. It's pretty amazing.
The tour through the world according to Wes Anderson can go anywhere from a pool in Ottawa...
... to a bar in Havana.
Are you telling me this building wasn't in Moonrise Kingdom?
Sure, a shoot in North Korea could present complicated diplomatic issues, but it could also include this amazing theater.
And this Second-World chic conference room.
If Anderson ever green-lights a film about the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, this is where it started.
Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. from AccidentalWesAnderson
Can someone just call Tilda Swinton and have her stand in front of this in a silly hat?
It was only a matter of time before one of the new all-millennial-pink restaurants and stores popping up made an appearance.
The theme that emerges is not one of high-end vs low-end spaces, or even architectural style—although symmetry is a major factor—but of places that have a certain grandeur or whimsy, and that exist out of time.
Through the Wes Anderson lens, ordinary spaces become much more interesting.
Although the not-so-ordinary make an appearance, too.
It's as if someone has unlocked the key to seeing the fantastical that's been hidden all along in plain sight. Or as one Redditor put it, "I've walked by that building numerous times and never saw it like this."