Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Spike Jonze Presents a Stop Motion Film for Book Lovers

When filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Where the Wild Things Are) met handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan he asked her to create a Catcher in the Rye embroidery for his wall. Her response was to then ask him to collaborate on a film. As a consequence Jonze and Le-Tan, together with French director Simon Cahn, spent six months writing a script, then animating 3,000 pieces of felt cut by Le-Tan herself. The result is Mourir Aupr├Ęs de Toi (To Die By Your Side), a short stop motion film set inside a famous Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. It features a skeleton, his lover, and some famous book covers that come to life.

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