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Damien Chazelle Variety Screening Series
Damien Chazelle Variety Screening Series

'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle, Crew on the Musical's 'Timeless and Classic' Look

“La La Land” writer-director Damien Chazelle, composer Justin Hurwitz, costume designer Mary Zophres, cinematographer Linus Sandgren, production designer David Wasco, and set decorator Sandy Reynolds-Wasco stopped by the Variety Screening Series, presented by AARP, on Friday to discuss their critically acclaimed film.

“On the hand, we were trying to shoot very much L.A. for L.A., but also any time that we wanted the movie to veer into fantasy or kind of blossom into fantasy, it was about trying to make the fantasy very handmade,” Chazelle said.

Zophres discussed the struggle to make the film not look like a period piece.

“I wasn’t trying to make it look like a period film, but I just wanted it to look sort of timeless and classic,” Zophres said. “So if you look at it 10 or 20 years from now, you won’t know exactly what time period it’s from and that’s really what I was going for.”

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