“Whiplash,” is an intense film centered around two ambitious musician – a 19 year old drummer (Miles Teller) and his draconian music instructor (JK Simmons). This tightly scripted film takes you behind the scenes and offers a rare glimpse of what it takes to make that beautiful music. Ambitions and dreams are sometimes shaped in very tough environment and that is what you get to see this film. The film is inspired by Chazelle’s own experience learning music as a high school student. Continue reading
We sat down with Chazelle to talk about the making of “Whiplash” that takes you behind the scenes and shows you the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a successful musician. Draconian is not a word you normally associate with musicians, but apparently that is how some music teachers are, and they drive their students through a tough routine and toss them off if they fail to keep up with the rest of the group. We also talked about Chazelle’s next film project, which is a musical. He has already begun working on his next project.
The film stars JK Simmons, who is a tough music teacher and Miles Teller plays his student, who is hungry to achieve musical success.
“Whiplash,” is an intense film centered around two ambitious musician – a 19 year old drummer (Miles Teller) and his Draconian music instructor (JK Simmons). The film is written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and inspired by his own musical journey as a jazz musician. He played the drums.
The film was part of the Mill Valley Film Festival lineup. “Whiplash” was the film Metallica’s Lars Ulrich chose to show at the festival. After the screening there was a Q&A with Ulrich and Chazelle.
We sat down to talk to Chazelle about the making of “Whiplash” and one of the first questions we asked him was how did he come up with the title of the film?
Stay tuned for an extended interview with Chazelle.