Whiplash. What can I say about this movie that hasn’t been already said? Considered by many one of the best films of 2014, it wasn’t a surprise that it got a few well-deserved Oscars this year. Writer and director Damien Chazelle didn’t just transport us to a ‘jazz-up world’ where you have to be the best in order to be with the best, he also managed to make us feel all that musical energy – and even a little fear – in just a little over a 100 minutes.
The film premiered in Sundance last year and since then, it immediately began a long and well-received drive along the Awards Season road. The film however, didn’t exactly began as a movie per se. Back in 2013, Chazelle was low on funding, so he decided to film a scene from a script he had written. This short 18-minute production included J.K. Simmons as jazz instructor Terence Fletcher and Johnny Simmons as jazz student Andrew Neiman, all this in hope for funding for a full-length film. Those 18 minutes were so powerful in every way that…well, you know what happened next.
Just a few days ago, the original short film was put on Youtube. Now we can all see why this film was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay category at the Oscars.
Watch the short film below and let us know what you think!
[UPDATE: March 5th] Well, as expected, the YouTube video got taken down. But never fear! Here’s a small clip of that some short. Enjoy!