‘Whiplash’ | Anatomy of a Scene w/ Director Damien Chazelle | The New York Times

The writer and director Damien Chazelle narrates a sequence from his film “Whiplash,” featuring Miles Teller and J. K. Simmons.

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  1. The whole movie is about impulse to produce output the drummer is motivated by fear in the beginning fear and uncertainty as he tries to please his teacher and hence has no idea what is right and what is wrong by the end his motivation impulse is no longer the teacher but the desire to self Express his idea of new perception to his audience in other words his impulse goes from fear to love
    A teacher teaches one who is motivated by fear a student is teaches themselves when motivated by the giving of love

  2. Terence Fletcher as a character kind of represented a metaphorical representation of the internal self-critic that all musicians have, except this time, the self critic of a "genius" musician. Often times, the most brilliant and technically capable musicians have the loudest, most aggressive internalized critic, which sometimes exposes itself and does harm.

  3. 2:35. "I like movies that kinda give you the whole movie in the opening scene." He literally did the exact same thing in La La land where he tells most the movie in the opening traffic song.

  4. It is not strictly true to say the snare and the drum kit are inherently military. They were used in the military to get men to march. In other words, the drum and drumming was around before it got introduced formally as a military tool. The military use of the drums did add to the lexicon of percussion however. The Swiss Army triplet, one of the rudiments, clearly has a military beginning. Modern drums set playing has many fathers shall we say, of which their past military or associations with war and fighting is but one. How the drums make people dance, move and generally celebrate may have more importance, in my mind at least.

  5. Of all these "Anatomy of a Scene" videos, this is definitely the best one. I feel like Damien Chazelle really understands everything he goes for in every camera movement

  6. I loved this scene, might be my favorite of the film. It reminds me a little of the new movie "It Follows" in that it's a microcosm of the entire film like he said.

  7. I liked this movie and think the actors were fantastic 👍 However, being a drummer, it was hard to get past the hand positioning (not so much the blisters and blood, but the inconsistency) and the focus on speed ..like.. Who really worries just about 400bpm? When the tempo and notes etc count far more.. Good story and depiction of jazz teachers

  8. This guy is going to be known as one of the greats, I mean this is his FIRST FILM and It was already nominated for a couple oscars, it obviously got snubbed for quite of couple things (Miles Teller for Best Actor), but seriously this movie was yet seemingly so simple at a first glance, but in actuality really complex at it's core, everything about it was so unbelievably well done, in my opinion it was the BEST MOVIE OF 2014

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