Film Panoramas: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

Film Panoramas: Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel stitches are finally complete! This is my third run since I started sharing the Film Panorama project with you, almost exactly two years ago! If this is your first time seeing this project, I dig into a little more detail on my first post on Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier

As I mentioned in with the Hotel Chevalier stitches, Wes Anderson’s films are ideal for this project. The symmetry in the composition and sheer number steady tripod pans at a consistent speed make it a very clean study. There are some really fun actions shots in here I know you’ll love as much as I do. Its definitely a poster child for the Film Panoramas project because it shows off the visual style so well, in particular, the 3 or 4 point pans. He’ll place the camera in the middle of a room or hall and then pan and stop every 90 degrees.

70 Total Panoramic Stitches for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Even though there a couple fewer shots to stitch than the last one, this still took me a while longer because the majority of these pan shots are actually longer in length overall.

Film Panoramas on Patreon

I’ll be slowly working through the next piece. Still trying to decide between Birdman and The Revenant… What do you think? I started a Patreon account for these Film Panoramas. Supporting this Patreon account is for you if you want to help me expedite the process for new stitches.

There is a basic landing site here and you can find my Patreon profile here. I’ve got a few fun rewards set up for patrons I think you’d enjoy. I’d also appreciate hearing if you would like a different sort of reward I don’t currently have listed.

Disclosure on Experimental Stitches

There are a number of these stitches which are better termed experimental. Prime examples of some of the strangeness that can occur is if the shot isn’t a very clean pan. Pan shots with any kind of dolly involvement usually warp perspective significantly. I included any of these options in the series that still seemed to work, even if its a bit odd in a few seams, the complete picture is still helpful.

Film Panoramas: Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Film Panoramas: Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The long promised panoramic stitches from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty are finally complete! This is my second foray into the Film Panorama world to share with you, the first was completed about 5 months ago. If this is your first time seeing this project, I dig into a little more detail on my first post on Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of my favorite contemporary films, which is why its one of the first I stitched. There are some really fun actions shots in here I know you’ll love as much as I do. It definitely a poster child for the Film Panoramas project because it shows off the visual style so well.

75 Total Panoramic Stitches for Walter Mitty

I got good feedback for the last series of stitches for the short and a couple suggestions for films you’d like to see stitched next. Diving into a feature turned out to be quite the beast, however. The time commitment was much more significant for this feature than for the first series from the short. As a comparison, because the short is only about 12 minutes long, I only stitched 7 images in the end.

Because The Secret Life of Walter Mitty comes in it at around 105 minutes, I actually had 75 stitches to work with this time around. This meant it took a rather long time to complete. (I would have had it done sooner were it not for a few other major things moving forward that I can’t wait to share with you!)

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Film Panoramas Now on Patreon

I’ll continue to enjoy the entire process and I’ll be slowly working through the next piece. However, I started a Patreon account for these Film Panoramas. Supporting this Patreon account is for you if you want to help me expedite the process for new stitches.

There is a really basic landing site here and you can find my Patreon profile here. I’ve got a few fun rewards set up for patrons I think you’d enjoy. I’d also appreciate hearing if you would like a different sort of reward I don’t currently have listed.

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Full Disclosure on Experimental Stitches

One last thing… There are a number of these stitches which are probably better termed experimental. Prime examples of some of the strangeness that can occur is if the shot isn’t a very clean pan. Pan shots with any kind of dolly involvement usually warp perspective significantly.

In the shot where Walter is in the airplane, you’ll notice the rows of seats don’t line up. In this particular case its because the shot zooms in as it dollys. This means there’s not enough physical information in the frames to represent each row of seats. I included any of these options in the series that still seemed to work, especially the series of shots quoting the life motto: “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” Because you have to see the entire motto in succession!

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Most of my favorite images are here, but you’ll have to go to the Film Panoramas website to see all 75 of the panoramas. (don’t forget, because these images are long panoramas, this post is best viewed on a desktop. If you’re checking it out on mobile, turn your screen horizontally!)

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Film Panoramas: Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier

Film Panoramas: Wes Anderson’s Hotel Chevalier

I’m so thrilled to share this next project with you! I’ve been working on a number of these for a while and finally surfaced enough to share my very first foray into the Film Panorama world with you: Hotel Chevalier. (p.s. Because these images are long panoramas, this post is best viewed on a desktop. If you’re checking it out on mobile, turn your screen horizontally!)

Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeeling Limited

A little behind the scenes on this short: it was originally intended to be the opening sequence for the film, “The Darjeeling Limited” but was later cut entirely. It told and independent story so well, however, that later they released it in its entirety as its own short. Its really something to watch both together when you know the connection.

I’ve had a few friends struggle with this concept before until I showed them a side-by-side comparison of the stills and the stitch. So here’s your comparison, the top image here are the stills, the image just below is the stitch of those stills:

The panoramic stitch of the above stills:

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I had found myself becoming increasingly enamored with specific pan shots from movies like “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and just about every Wes Anderson flick out there. In particular, I thought that if I could see the entire pan shot stretched out in front of me that it would give me some insight into the way the director and his crew saw their world and how they had to build that world to interact with the camera.

While I have large ambitions for this project as a series, I tried to start small with the first project, so I chose Wes Anderson’s short film, “Hotel Chavelier” featuring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman.

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How the Panoramas are Stitched

I acquire the highest quality version of the film that I can and then I edit out everything but each and every pan (or tilt) shot. I capture every frame of those pans and then stitch them together in photoshop. The result is really just about what I had hoped, a long frame laying out the entire set in front of me, many times including blocking points of the actors. The two shots below are tilts, they start standing and then sit, so I was able to add a little headroom to the top of both, which extended the height of the frame a little beyond its normal ratio.

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The Hotel Chevalier had a total of 5 pan shots and 2 tilt shots. I was really pleased with the shot below of the two characters walking across the room, because this was really more of a dolly shot than it was a pan. Even with the issue with the lines on the door to the right of frame, I think its stitched supremely well considering.

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My absolute favorite composite is the one below of Jason and Natalie on the Veranda facing the end credits as they begin to roll.

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One last thing, like I mentioned above, this was definitely an edited version of this short. As with all Wes Anderson movies, do not go look for this short unless you are ready for the foul language (and sometimes other inappropriate bits). I recommend VidAngel if you want to watch the cleaned up version.
My next Film Panorama post will cover “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. After that, tell me, what film would you like to see stitched? It may just be the next on my list!