How to shoot a drink commercial like Wes Anderson

Jul 4, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

How to shoot a drink commercial like Wes Anderson

Jul 4, 2023

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Continuing our obsession with all things Wes Anderson, we had to share this video from Scott from Tin House Studio. Of course, this is just a pastiche on the director’s signature style, but it’s a beautiful look, and even better, it only requires two lights to shoot!

Alongside the two lights, the entire set-up only uses two pieces of pastel-coloured card, two coloured boards and a martini glass (naturally). There is nothing ‘accidentally Wes Anderson‘ about this shot.

As Scott says, the Wes Anderson aesthetic is beautiful. It uses colour to the highest level, juxtaposing opposites on the colour wheel and embuing every colour choice with hidden depth and meaning.

He uses symmetry in a lot of his films and also incorporates a sort of early 20th-century retro pastiche. It’s actually a perfect style for shooting editorial cocktails.

Obviously, for a lot of tabletop photography, you can go to the local DIY store and pick up some paint and some plywood and make your own backgrounds and props relatively cheaply.

This video is great because it really goes into depth, showing the detail and care that goes into creating shots such as this one. Scott is a true professional, and everything he does is carried out with the utmost precision and planning. He works alongside a stylist and retoucher, and it is a joy to watch the group of creatives working with each other to get the shot.

If you’ve ever wondered what exactly goes into making drinks commercials, have a watch of the whole video. It’s absolutely fascinating and will probably inspire you to try shooting drinks yourself.

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Alex Baker

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Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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One response to “How to shoot a drink commercial like Wes Anderson”

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    I hope one day this hype turns to directors like Quentin Dupieux or Gaspa Noé – that would be great content!