Damien Chazelle
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The director of "Whiplash" and "La La Land" has released an experimental short film that was shot entirely on an iPhone in a vertical view.

Here's something else: Damien Chazelle, the acclaimed director of "Whiplash" and "La La Land", has released a short film that was shot entirely vertically on an iPhone.

The short film titled "The Stunt Double" plays Tom McComas as the stunt double of the same name – McComas is a professional stunt performer, whose credits range from "The Dark Knight" and "Euphoria" to "Sonic the Hedgehog" – whose life flashes before his eyes in a particularly unusual scene. The film begins with McComas, who appears in a kind of action film in which he escapes from a duo with weapons by jumping from a high building. When his parachute fails, McComas closes his eyes and remembers the various films in which he played stunts.

Chazelle's film then flashes through McComas' character's career, including working on projects ranging from a film about "Indiana Jones" to a romantic feature film. Most fictional films also feature Preeti Desai, whom McComas' character is in love with.

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The short film is professionally shot and every scene is tempting, even though it was entirely composed on an iPhone 11 Pro, rather than the exorbitantly expensive equipment used by most major Hollywood productions. iPhones have been used to record a variety of films, including Steven Soderbergh's "Unsane" and "High Flying Bird" to demonstrate the increasing performance of smartphone cameras.

While the production values ​​of Chazelle's "The Stunt Double" are undeniable, the use of the vertical display is not quite as convincing. The scenes on the display work well enough, and some shots – like a cowboy preparing to draw his gun – benefit somewhat, although it's hard to shake that the traditional horizontal display couldn't have been more appealing.

Regardless of experimental filmmaking, "The Stunt Double" is a great way to kill nine minutes. Chazelle and the film crew discussed the work on the project in a behind-the-scenes video uploaded by Apple that coincided with the release of the short film.

Chazelle's Hollywood profile has increased significantly in recent years due to his directorial work at the acclaimed "Whiplash" and "La La Land". He recently made his television debut with Netflix & # 39; "The Eddy", a musical drama with André Holland.

Check out Chazelle's "The Stunt Double" below:

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