"Birdman" may have swooped in on the big Academy Awards for best picture and best director this year, but it's Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" that scored big in the technical categories.
"I think that 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' in many ways encapsulates every movie that [Anderson] has made up to this point," said Seitz in an interview with John Horn for The Frame. "Not just in the sense of capturing his technical evolution. This is like a multi-layered wedding cake...There's stories within stories within stories in this."
The book includes multiple long-form interviews with everyone from Wes himself and actor Ralph Fiennes to production designer Stockhausen and composer Desplat. In addition, there are production notes, behind-the-scenes photos, and whimsical illustrations by Max Dalton and design by Martin Venezky.
Seitz hopes the book is seen as the portrait of a filmmaker's aesthetic, rather than a definitive or comprehensive encyclopedia of a filmmaker.
"I liken it to painting a portrait of a person," Seitz said. "I'm the portrait artist and the subject is the films of Wes Anderson. There's an attempt to give you a sense of his aesthetic, not just in the text part of it, but also in the design."
Listen to the audio of this interview for more. You can get your hands on the book now via Amazon or in your local bookstores.
BONUS: Here's a fun video of clips featuring overhead shots in Anderson's films: