Eye on the Oscars: The Director

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To convey the dreamy feeling of childhood and its obsession with secret worlds and hidden meaning, Anderson had to painstakingly create every single visual and tableau in his highly stylized coming-of-ager, including the fictitious idyllic New England island of New Penzance, a composite of various Rhode Island locations. The Scout Master’s elaborate tent was built at and furnished from a real Scout Camp, while the detail-oriented Anderson even commissioned artists to design the dust jackets for the stolen books.

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