“Are we in the center?”

We all know how centered Wes Anderson is. But this discussion with Robert Yeoman, Anderson’s cinematographer, gives new depth to Anderson’s obsession with one-point perspective. To wit:

“In the morning, before Wes arrives, I come onto the set and place the cameras,” Yeoman explains. “I have the camera assistants take a tape measure from each edge of the matte box in front of the camera and go to the corner of the room to ensure that the camera is perfectly centered. When Wes gets to the set often the first question is, he’ll look at me and ask, “Are we in the center?” So then I can say for example, ‘Yes we are 22 feet and eight inches from that corner, and 22 feet and eight inches from the other corner. For us, that’s pretty standard practice.”