BEHIND THE SCENES: ‘Whiplash’ – An Example of Brilliant Writing, Directing, and Editing
This film may not be quite your tempo when it comes to writing, directing, cinematography, and editing skills. But it’s a brilliant example of how young writers, directors, and editors can join together and create a masterpiece.
The director and writer of Whiplash, Damien Chazelle, also directed La La Land. It was based off of the short film Whiplash, which Chazelle wrote and directed a year before as proof he had the skills and was capable of making it into a feature-length movie. He submitted the short to the Sundance film festival and later got the funding for the 2014 movie.
The feature film was done on a very small (for a Hollywood movie) budget of about $3.3 million. Together with editor Tom Cross, who edited both the original and the feature film, they were able to create a music movie that felt like an action thriller.
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