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What Spike Lee learned collaborating with Michael Jackson

Post by Admin on Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:28 pm

What Spike Lee learned collaborating with Michael Jackson
by Michael del Castillo
   
12/6/13

The UpTake: During Spike Lee's talk about collaborating with Michael Jackson the lesson he learned is that sometimes working with talented people means knowing when to relinquish control.

Spike Lee hung up on Michael Jackson three times before he finally realized who was really on the other line. At the time of the conversation Lee lived in “pre-gentrified” Fort Greene, Brooklyn, about a half hour train ride across the borough from the TedX Brooklyn event in Williamsburg at which Lee spoke earlier today.

Jackson wanted Lee to make a “short film, not a music video” for a song from the upcoming album HIStory, released by Epic Records in 1995. Shortly after Jackson convinced Lee to meet with him on the director’s home turf in Ft. Greene, the two met face-to-face in his living room.

Jackson gave Lee a choice of the unreleased songs to choose from and after listening to the lot he chose Jackson’s Stranger in Moscow.

“No, no, no, you’re not doing that one!” Lee recalled Jackson telling him, getting plenty of laughs from the TedX audience. It turns out Jackson was really hoping Lee would choose They Don’t Care About Us, a song that peaked at number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The two traveled to Brazil where Lee recommended using Olodum the same drum team Paul Simon used during Rhythm of the Saints.

“Usually artists do not want you to touch the track,” Lee said, but Jackson was open to the idea, and the result was one of the director’s best experiences with film, he said.

But something happened when they added the drums, the people kept dancing after the song was over. And that’s where Lee learned his Michael Jackson lesson .

“Michael was a great artist to collaborate with, because usually when the song ends the video ends,” he said. “But I told Michael after the song was over, 'They’re still playing,' and so we continued the short film even after the song stopped.”

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Re: What Spike Lee learned collaborating with Michael Jackson

Post by ijustcan'tstoplovinguMJ on Sat Dec 07, 2013 6:15 pm

That's so cool. I love SL
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