Through concept development and feedback sessions, one particular comment has been that people want to know more about Wes himself, and his history- hopefully a small section on his life as well as his work shall help satisfy that need.
KEY POINTS//POINTS OF NOTE:
- Director, Screenwriter, Producer, Actor.
- Born 01/05/69 (currently 42).
- Graduated with a BA in Philosophy from University of Texas, Austin (born and raised in Houston, Texas).
- "Makes films with friends"- consistent collaborations with actors, most notably with Owen Wilson whom he met at University in a play writing class (he was studying English).
- Noted for auteur qualities within films, notably wide-angle camera shots, rostrum camera shots, and use of Futura Bold typeface (usually in bold).
- Consistent themes running throughout his films include: abandonment, "bad dads", sibling rivalries, neglect, child prodigies and "outsiders".
- Said to introduce a great deal of personal experience into him films. The character of Max Fischer in 'Rushmore' was directly inspired by his own precocious time at school- and his infatuation with an older woman.
- Two greatest inspirations in his work are author Roald Dahl, and oceanographer and videographer, Jacques Costeau.
- Also directs television commercials. Examples include 'American Express' and AT&T which showcase a consistently "Wes" style.
- He describes fans of his films to, generally, be "outsiders" and "misfits"- people that don't necessarily fit in, or feel that they are always outside looking in.