The other day we checked in on Spike Jonze's new stop-motion short film, Mourir aupres de toi (To Die By Your Side), and showed you a behind-the-scenes video of Jonze -- and his collaborators Simon Cahn and handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan -- while they pieced together the artist's latest creation. Now the full short is available to watch online below.
But first a little background from Nowness: "The project started after Jonze asked for a Catcher in the Rye embroidery to put on his wall and the plucky Le-Tan asked for a film in return. Enlisting French filmmaker Simon Cahn to co-direct, the team wrote the script between Los Angeles and Paris over a six month period, before working night and day animating the 3,000 pieces of felt Le-Tan had cut by hand. “I love getting performances from, telling stories about and humanizing things that aren’t human,” said Jonze of working with Le-Tan’s characters. After spending five years adapting Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are, Jonze’s recent shorts include robot love story I’m Here and an inspired G.I. Joe-starring video for The Beastie Boys. “A short is like a sketch,” he says. “You can have an idea or a feeling and just go and do it.”
Spike Jonze: Mourir Auprès de Toi on Nowness.com.
Meanwhile, in completely unrelated news, a new site has launched called Where Was It Filmed. User generated like IMDB, the site is doing its best to collect as much information as it can on the filming locations for some of your favorite movies. They're in Beta right now, and all the home page offers up is a search bar and a list of four popular searches (why is Basic Instinct such a popular title? Weird), but if it does well and turns out to be accurate, this could be a fun little database to play around in, especially for movie buffs who like to travel to the locations featured in their favorite movies.
Give it a test run over here and let us know what you think. [via Slashfilm]