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Thursday, February 20, 2014


Saw this film last night. Beautiful. Best film I've seen in such a long time. Wonderful story, creative, beautifully shot, scored and designed.

If you have yet to see, go!

Principal photography on Her took place during the summer of 2012. It was mainly filmed in Los Angeles with two weeks in Shanghai.[18] During production of the film, actress Samantha Morton performed the role of Samantha by acting on set "in a four-by-four carpeted soundproof booth made of black painted plywood and soft, noise-muffling fabric". At Jonze's suggestion, she and Joaquin Phoenix avoided seeing each other on set during filming.[19] With her blessing, Morton was later replaced by Scarlett Johansson.[20] Jonze met Johansson in the spring of 2013 and worked with her for four months.[9][18] Following the recast, new scenes were shot in August 2013, which were either "newly imagined" or "new scenes that I had wanted to shoot originally but didn't"

The Video GameDirector Spike Jonze talking to Fast Company:“I always end up overwriting because I get so excited about an idea, so that video game had a way, way more complicated story. Like an entire story about going inside the psyche of aliens that had invaded the Earth. I actually want to make that video game because I have a whole premise for it.” 
Production designer KK Barrett talking to the L.A. Times:
"Spike had this drawing of an alien child, and then we had this idea of a dough boy with these minimal features, and then we found an animator to do it. And then he used a voice — it’s Spike’s voice, actually — and we put it together that way.  It’s probably more design than we have in anything else. But it’s comedic so we thought it's OK. I mean, it’s a sassy, foul-mouthed creature. We could give ourselves a little more license." 
Design of Future L.A.Barrett talking to Curbed:"We collaged buildings together — we found buildings we liked — Pudong had the best visuals we could find — and it didn't matter that it was China. We selectively edited our collection of buildings into our film to make our new world — and we took out things we didn't want to show. And it becomes a new whole." 
Below is a great source of interviews/articles with Spike and crew on the film: