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How to Make a Perfect Wes Anderson Parody

The Edward Norton episode of SNL featured a spot-on Wes Anderson parody, “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders." Not surprisingly, it took a lot of work, as is clear by the sketch's director of photography Alex Buono's thorough blog post about it. It's totally worth a read, as Buono walks through every step, including how they decided on which signature Anderson shots to use and the heated debate over color palette. He writes, "Eventually we combined the dark pink signature color of The Royal Tenenbaums with the wall-papered flourish of Rushmore for the living room along with the faded yellow and teal palette of Life Aquatic and Moonrise Kingdom for the bedroom and kitchen." By the end, he reveals that they were working on it beyond the last minute, as the editor was still making changes after the show had already started. Luckily, it all worked out. Watch the sketch below and start preproduction on your own Wes Anderson parody — maybe a Christmas movie entitled something like "The Furtive Evening Deliveries With Christopher Kringle."