Watch the Gorgeous Short Film Spike Jonze Shot Last Night on the Set of ‘The Tonight Show’
Unbeknownst to me, Spike Jonze has a show running in New York City this week, called Changers, A Dance Story. Its official site describes it as the “the natural creative synergy between Spike Jonze and Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon & Carol Lim” and a blurring of “the lines between fashion, art and culture.” It’s running through Friday if you’re in the NYC area and want to try to get tickets. Proceeds from the show even go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
This show even stars two very recognizable actors: Mia Wasikowska from the Alice in Wonderland films and Lakeith Stanfield from Atlanta and Get Out. Last night on The Tonight Show, Jonze blurred the lines between fashion, art, and culture even further by creating a brief excerpt of the show, performing it on The Tonight Show stage, filming it, and turning into a four-minute short. You can watch the results above.
Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show sometimes takes a beating for being a safe, formulaic, overly cheerful show reflective of its host’s chummy, ingratiating persona. But this is something fun and different with the late night formula. It doesn’t look like a typical late-night viral clip even though it was shot in the middle of the show in front of the studio audience. It’s more like one of Jonze’s classic music videos, like “Weapon of Choice” starring Christopher Walken. It’s a little weird, and the dancing isn’t perfect, and it looks absolutely beautiful (you might spot Jonze operating his own camera at the end of the clip). This is something really cool. Let’s see more funky stuff like this, Tonight Show!