February 16, 2017

Watch: Behind the Scenes Videos from 'La La Land' Show How Memorable Sequences Were Shot

These four exclusive BTS videos reveal how Damien Chazelle and his team shot 'La La Land.'

It's difficult not to get excited when a really good musical comes to town. Such is the case for Damien Chazelle's Oscar frontrunner La La Land, whose historic number of Academy Award nominations (14) and lovely song and dance duo Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone has everybody and their mom, dad, and grandma talking about it.

But now there's a little something for filmmakers and film nerds to talk about. Chazelle has released a series of exclusive videos to Indiewire, Deadline, and The Hollywood Reporter that take you behind the scenes of the jazzy musical to reveal how some of the most memorable scenes were shot, including the gorgeous waltz and "jazz whip" sequences.

Here's the exclusive video given to Indiewire, which shows you one of the more complicated shots in La La Land.

Chazelle gave Deadline a behind-the-scenes look at how the team pulled off two different shots: the waltz and "jazz whip" sequences.

The Hollywood Reporter also received an exclusive behind-the-scenes video, this one revealing how they shot the "Someone in the Crowd" sequence.

La La Land may be an exciting film for those who love song and dance flicks, but for filmmakers, film historians, and cinephiles, not only is this film a testament to brilliant choreography, cinematography, and editing, but watching it is like walking down the memory lane of classic musicals, too. 

For more, here's a behind-the-scenes featurette Lionsgate released in November.      

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Inspiring to say the least. The technical execution, choreography, precision and talent is at the highest level. Just wow...

February 16, 2017 at 4:04PM

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Brad Watts
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Literally looks like they said, "You know Whiplash? Let's do that."

February 17, 2017 at 10:15AM

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doman nelson
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um, well it is the same director

February 17, 2017 at 3:33PM

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Directed by Damien Chazelle who also directed Whiplash, so yeah.

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February 17, 2017 at 3:34PM, Edited February 17, 3:35PM

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Auke-Jan Weening
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February 17, 2017 at 6:16AM

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ok this is cool...and I'm not hating, but.... techno crane w remote head, trailer crane on the street and some whip pans ...... not exactly NASA sh*t .... good execution, yes, but at this level and budget you'd expect nothing less.

February 17, 2017 at 10:37AM, Edited February 17, 10:38AM

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I don't think it is just about the type of equipment you use. Its about what to use and when. The execution is perfect, and I have seen way bigger budget films fail to impress with creative cinematography. La La Land is pure gold.

February 20, 2017 at 8:39AM

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Wooooow, more more more we want so see more!!

February 17, 2017 at 3:17PM

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Guilllermo Castellanos
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