September 14, 2017

Watch: Spike Jonze Shot a Live Dance Short Film on 'The Tonight Show' and It's Fantastic

See the magic happen right before your eyes.

Spike Jonze has written and directed a live performance, CHANGERS: A Dance Story, starring Mia Wasikowska and Lakeith Stanfield, playing for a limited engagement through September 15 at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre. In true Spike Jonze fashion, instead of keeping the show as a limited affair for a small audience, he adapted a section of the piece and shot a live short dance film on the set of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon—during the show.

The result is whimsical, and you will actually forget that you're watching a short film that is happening in real time on the set of The Tonight Show. Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45iF4hnVZHI

After shooting the live short film, Jonze, Wasikowska and Stanfield sat down with Fallon to discuss the project, a dialogue-free narrative where all communication between the characters happens through dance. Jonze explained that they plan to shoot in various locations around New York City to turn the live performance into a 40-minute film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgkNY7nFxpM

If you're in NYC and want to see the full performance live before it disappears, you can get tickets here.      

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We also just posted a behind the scenes video.
https://youtu.be/Um1Fxljj1Uc

September 14, 2017 at 5:35PM

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and.. under all of those cables its the alexa mini! Anamorphic lenses? :)

September 14, 2017 at 6:00PM

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Absolutely fantastic. Live drama/dance with a great execution by Spike Jonze and the Fallon team. This is what live theatre feels like on the stage, so nailed it.

September 14, 2017 at 7:27PM

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Justin Batchelor
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Nice, I assume a focus puller was offstage somewhere??

September 14, 2017 at 9:22PM

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Nick
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hmm that is pretty interesting

September 15, 2017 at 6:02AM, Edited September 15, 6:02AM

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Not to undermine the work but it's not what I would consider "fantastic". It's good and inspiring in the fact that it's one shot, with great flare control, and yes we can do cool stuff like that in a continuous shot and it can work (like it is here), no need to complicate things.

But except for the vertical bed and the very last flare, I wasn't surprised at all in this piece. And that makes me say it's good but not fantastic. His Kenzo ad was soooo much better ! (And I don't speak about resources, but concept). I understand there's so much you can do in a tv show ... but it's not any tv show, if they wanted to do crazy stuff, they could have.

September 15, 2017 at 9:48AM

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ron fya
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Just saw Lakeith and it's all I cared for lol
Not bad :)

September 15, 2017 at 1:58PM

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Just watched it...m'yeeeeah-NO, it's kinda corny and bland lol
But it's Jonez, so I guess it'll be interpreted as "artistic and conceptual" even if it's really just dry as hell.

Still, nice to see Lakeith getting that money.

September 15, 2017 at 2:04PM, Edited September 15, 2:04PM

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yeah... fantastic but probably for reasons other then you think...

Not fantastic because the bed on the wall trick is kinda played out, and it was the only "trickery" in the piece which made it even more flat. The choreograph was, well, whatever, and it just seemed like he used a flare to stand in for innovation.

Also the opening camera move made me cringe it was so janky. I know, its a big rig, but if you're going to be doing moves like that maybe choose different equipment.

What is fantastic is that a clothing line is doing something different and artistic to put their look and name out there. What is fantastic is someone as seasoned and brilliant as Spike is teaming up with them. What is fantastic is a show as corporate as Fallon is allowing this to be on air. So yeah, as far as film goes, it was whatever, but as far as concept goes, then absolutely fantastic.

September 26, 2017 at 1:01PM, Edited September 26, 1:01PM

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Roberto Serrini
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