WHIPLASH - DAMIEN CHAZELLE (2013)

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, Whiplash was of course the precursor to the feature film of the same name. It has become the blueprint for creating a proof-of-concept short, sometimes called a sizzle, in order to secure finance to make a feature film. However, this is by no means a new idea, and several feature films, including the successful horror franchise Saw and South African sci-fi District 9 were made from sizzles. Pixels is another example. Those who have seen the feature film, Whiplash, will recognise the scene, for it is almost exactly the same; almost shot for shot. A student drummer has been invited to partake in his music school's top band, run by a tyranical teacher. The only actor to change between the short and feature is the drummer himself. Chazelle went on to make the modern musical La La Land. If you like Whiplash be sure to rate it and share it.


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