wicked songs: a summary
  • no one mourns the wicked:your un-problematic fave was murdered
  • dear old shiz:college frick yeah
  • the wizard and i:the let-me-belt-in-your-face song
  • what is the feeling?:lesbians or worst enemies? the world may never know
  • something bad:environmentalists be like
  • dancing through life:fuck school
  • popular:what not to wear the musical
  • i'm not that girl:fuck blonde white girls
  • one short day:lesbian vacations
  • a sentimental man:never trust old straight white men
  • defying gravity:the let-me-belt-in-your-face song pt. 2
  • thank goodness:weddings can't hide depression
  • wonderful:what did i say about not trusting old straight white men?
  • i'm not that girl:fuck beautiful green girls
  • as long as you're mine:sexy time in the forest
  • no good deed:fiyEEEROOOOOOOOOOOOOO
  • march of the witch hunters:obligatory wizard of oz references
  • for good:lesbians, definitely lesbians
  • finale:gross sobbing

For an invitation to a spring gala at a private school in Virgnia, themed after the Wizard of Oz. The whole map was meant to be the school and its values / various programs as represented by the world of Oz, which is so cute..

i got to sneak in lots of my favorite stuff from the books and redesign the characters, too! The finished lineup of chars is here at the ol’ site!

thank you to AD Jamin Hoyle for the fun project!

We were super curious if you could make a movie that had the kind of character that Dorothy is in The Wizard of Oz.  The Wizard of Oz was kind of a movie we were thinking about when we started thinking about Jupiter.  We loved The Wizard of Oz and there aren’t movies like The Wizard of Oz right now. We were like, “Could you take a character like Dorothy who’s a female and who goes on this journey and she doesn’t have to beat people up?  She doesn’t have to fight constantly or use weapons and kung fu in order to be the hero.  Can she just use empathy?”  That was sort of against the grain of what the culture expects or what the culture wants right now.
—  Lana Wachowski on how Jupiter Ascending echoes The Wizard of Oz

Dress rehearsal for the Jitterbug sequence from The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Here’s where I get sentimental. Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know that among my MANY obsessions, vintage color films, movie making technicalities, swing music and 1930s pop culture are at the top of the list. This is where it all came from. When I was a kid, I was an avid watcher of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! (the Jack Palance version), and one episode featured Harold Arlen’s home movies of the Oz set, along with the deleted Jitterbug number. Little did I know those brief clips would leave a mark on my brain like few other things. I debated myself about posting gifs from this now well-known sequence because… well, everyone knows of it now, but dammit, I had to pay my respects to these influential snippets of 16mm Kodachrome.