The Grand Budapest Hotel, which was released last year, not only drew acclaim for its splendid storytelling, but also for the meticulousness of it’s art direction and design. Annie Atkins was lead graphic designer on the film, working with director Wes Anderson and production designer Adam Stockhausen, to create all the graphic props and set-pieces for the State of Zubrowka – a fictitious European country set between the Wars. You can read a really interesting interview with Annie Atkins about the whole creative process here.
With that in mind, it is no wonder that a book has been released as a companion to the original The Wes Anderson Collection book that chronicles his movies from Bottle Rocket to Moonrise Kingdom. The Grand Budapest Hotel book takes readers behind the scenes of the film:
“Through a series of in-depth interviews between writer/director Wes Anderson and cultural critic Matt Zoller Seitz, Anderson shares the story behind the film’s conception, personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and the wide variety of sources that inspired him—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes of turn-of-the-century Middle Europe. The book also features interviews with costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, lead actor Ralph Fiennes, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; essays by film critics Ali Arikan and Steven Boone, film theorist and historian David Bordwell, music critic Olivia Collette, and style and costume consultant Christopher Laverty; and an introduction by playwright Anne Washburn. Previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork lavishly illustrate these interviews and essays.”