Short of the Day: Whiplash

Sometimes it is interesting to go back to where all things started. Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" (which I re-uploaded my original review yesterday) was a critically acclaimed drama film about an abusive band instructor and the trauma he inflicts on his students. The movie was nominated for Best Picture and won a few Oscars including Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons. Eagle-eyed viewers noted that the film's screenplay received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, meaning it was based on source material. In this case, that source material was Chazelle's own short film also titled "Whiplash."

For those who have seen the movie, it all looks a bit familiar. Specifically, it is the sequence near the beginning of the film in which the teacher tortures a student about whether he is going too fast or too slow. Simmons is still playing the teacher though the student in question would be recast by Miles Teller in the movie. The short is a tense 17 minutes and one could easily see how there would be room to explore this situation. For those who have seen the movie, this will likely just be interesting to see how everything started. For those who have yet to see the movie, consider this a sample of the main dish.