To me its helpful when its a surreal space or a slightly altered space so the audiences can digest the singing.“There is something he does that combines choreography with costume, light characters ...he’s so great at piecing those things together.” Kate Hudson (American Fashion Designer in Nine)
Born October 1960, Madison. As young children him and his sister would make home movies. Soon became a talented dancer but this career was cut short due to a back injury.
Annie was his first small screen film. Directing was the further thing from his mind.“ film was the further thing from my mind,and the first time I was supposed to call theword action I couldn’t even do it because itfelt so unnatural…so I just mumbled OKgo.”
“ I‟ve always imagined when I‟m choreographinga number, or directing a number, what would it beon film first. That‟s my normal process for theatre. I‟ve always done it via film and then I‟ll createthat for the stage. So now I don‟t have to do that!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh6xb hsbC8IClose up of Roxie‟s eyesExtreme close upScreen fills with „CHICAGO‟
“ There is an energy and a pacing, and the pacing exists in the scenes as well as the musical numbers.” “He understands how to seamlessly integrate the elements of music, dance, storytelling, character, design and that‟s part of what makes him so effective a director of musicals because he has that sense of when to really heighten something and when to pull it back in.”
Velma Kelly Roxie Hart• She slaps her thigh. • Fred Casely slaps• Pulls in a man by his Roxie‟s bum. shirt • Pulls in Fred by his tie.• Climbs Steps • Climbs stairs.• Hands above head • Hands above head on• Hands grab mans door. arms • Hands grab bed frameThe police appear at the Skips time, start ofback of the room. downfall.
A year earlier Moulin Rouge was released and had a box office worldwide gross of $179,213,434 (Worldwide). Chicago was helped by converted audiences which created an overall box office of $306,776,732 (Worldwide) (2004).
Here is a sequence from Nine where the protagonist, Guido, performs his first musical number. The main elements that I thought created a sense of place and character were;Sound Lighting Cinematography•Movie reel •Blue stage lights •Extreme longcoming to a stop. •Low key shot•Diegetic •Artificial
“Transitions to me are very important in filmsbecause otherwise you feel the stop andstarts of scenes and its important for me to atleast try and attempt to find seamless ways ofmoving in and out of scenes.”
Hand heldcamera.Marshall has shotthrough beads to createa sense of mystery.