However you feel about Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” the one scene that is pretty much unanimously loved is that of the big musical opening number “Another Day of Sun” which is set in a Los Angeles traffic jam.
To celebrate the film’s home video release, a fascinating featurette has gone up with the film’s choreographer Mandy Moore offering a detailed look at that sequence and expertly breaking down the complexity of pulling off a bright and upbeat number on a real Los Angeles highway.
From the 47 takes done of parts of the sequence to the happy accidents involving lens flare and wind, to the color matching of people and cars, the malfunctions and mishaps, and so on. It’s a fascinating piece that shows just how much thought can go into a sequence like this.
“La La Land” is now available on Digital HD, VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray.