Wednesday, November 18, 2009
the day i met spike jonze.Personal Spike Jonze Where The Wild Things Are
ladies and gentlemen, on november 15 of 2009, i met spike jonze. and then EVVVERRRYTHING CHANGED. haha jk.
but yes, this past weekend at los angeles' family bookstore, spike jonze came down for the launch of his book, heads on and we shoot: the making of where the wild things are. aaaaaahhhhhmazing!
taking the words right off the family bookstore's blog,
HEADS ON AND WE SHOOT unveils the unique collaboration behind Where the Wild Things Are -the combined work of Maurice Sendak, Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, and all the cast and crew. The book design is heavily image-based, a mix of early sketches, storyboards, character designs, and extensive behind-the-scenes photographs that show both incredible live-action puppetry and computer animation. The text includes forewords by Jonze and Eggers, interviews with the cast and crew, stories from on and off the set, and early drafts of the screenplay. The resulting book will be simultaneously a beautiful object for collectors, an insider′s guide for devotees, and an intimate window into the creative process.
my friend michael ebert took this and unfortunately, its the only photograph i have of him from the event. but aint he soo darn cute!!
this is how our conversation went:
me: 2 questions. one is, what advice can you give for a fellow filmmaker?
spike jonze: wear comfortable shoes.
me: haha, always got my boots on!
family worker: oh come on, nothing like how to get into the biz?
sj: well for you as an artist, what would you recommend?
fw: i dont know, just do and make stuff
sj: (turns to me) yeah just do and make stuff
me: ok, now who is your favorite director?
sj: aww man, i dont know
me: come on make me proud!
sj: (eyes sparkle) YOU.
my favorite director is So.
me: (inside) AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! omgomgomgomgogmogmgomgomogmg. kill me, i have died and gone to cinephilia heaven!!
(outside) alright! i thought you would say like i dont know stanley kubrick or something.
soo numb. i honestly walked out feeling like i just effing diiiiied!
i have really bad scanning skills. but there it is! and sooooo.... here are a few of my favorite spike jonze piiictures.
how epic is that picture with spike and brad? i repeat, not photoshopped. apparently, jonze directed a japanese commercial with brad in it.
i remember saying long time ago, "one day, i want to meet spike jonze." hahaa check! ahhh. i feel as if my life is a bit more complete now. spike actually made a bet with my friend michelle saying she wasnt in the picture she took with him. and he lost and as a prize, she got his pen. wooohoo!! all in all, it was a very successful night!
now, my next goal is just to meet daniel day-lewis or brad pitt. even breathing in the same air as both of them will suffice for a lifetime!