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15 Absolutely Necessary Ingredients For Making A Wes Anderson Film

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Wes Anderson has always had a very particular way of creating these magical, specific worlds where emotional events of colossal importance occur. He does this, of course, with a tool box of embellishments and an obsessive eye for detail (it allows for his immediate association with yellow-tinted sans-serif fonts, among other things).

With his latest project, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," set for release in early 2014, we took a look at what ingredients are required to create masterpiece worthy of the name "Wes Anderson." If you'd like to make one at home, here's what you'll need:

1. Prevailing use of the font Futura, not just in title cards and credits, but on hospitals and school buses as well.

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2. (At least) nine scenes that feature Bill Murray, preferably smoking a cigarette.

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3. A meticulously controlled color palette, that is highly saturated and can later be immediately associated with the film.

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4. Access to a wide range of movie stars, preferably ones who are willing to turn down blockbusters in order to perform in your low budget masterpieces.

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5. The ability to think in terms of architectural flourishes.

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6. The consistent incorporation of cursive in hand-written notes and other communications.

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7. A child-like enthrallment with boats and / or tree houses.

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8. A fastidious commitment to carving out one's own reality and discovering what matters most in life.

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9. An aptitude for endowing live-action films with an illustrative, story book quality. (That especially helps when it comes to the poster.)

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10. A penchant for endearingly polite slapstick.

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11. An uncanny ability to make awkwardly romantic scenes seem like the most beautiful thing in the world.

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12. The prevailing use of a romanticized genre of music, perhaps early 20th century impressionist music or French pop.

13. The understanding that adventures often require excessive practice and planning ...

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... while maintaining comical spontaneity ...

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... and an ever-present willingness to stare danger in the face.

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14.$25,000 from Bill Murray for a helicopter shot that you may or may not use.

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15. And finally, a profound appreciation of dance.

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