PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews John Landis, director of the film Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D.
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FRED meets the great filmmaker John Landis once again at the Venice International Film Festival. The topic of conversation this time is game-changing short film, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, presented in Venice this year (out of competition) in a 3D restoration. The video is as iconic today as it was when it was first released. Landis talks about the difficulties of getting it made, and priceless behind the scenes anecdotes, which are also told in a Making of documentary, directed by Jerry Kramer, that was screened after his short film in Venice.
Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D: the iconic short film begins with Michael and his date watching a horror film. After leaving mid-way through the movie, they are walking through deserted streets and graveyards where ghosts and ghouls rise in the mist. Michael’s character is more than just a protective boyfriend. The film features one of the most beloved and recreated dance scenes of all time. Michael, surrounded by zombies, is at the height of his powers as a performer and star. In creating Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D, the process began with Michael’s own original 35 mm film negative, which was not reedited or recut in any way, and resulted in a 3D conversion of the acclaimed film using the latest available technology.