I always trick myself into thinking Spike Jonze has directed a ton of feature films. In actuality, the number is only three — ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Adaptation’ and ‘Where the Wild Things Are.’ Perhaps that’s because of all the non-feature work he’s done — six short films, countless music videos, and a whole bunch of skateboard highlight reels. For his latest project, a short film called ‘Mourir Aprés de Toi’ (or ‘To Die By Your Side’), Jonze explores the psyche of a skeleton, who lives on the cover of ‘Macbeth’ in the famous ‘Shakespeare and Company’ bookstore in Paris.
The ‘Macbeth’ skeleton — who we assume is King Duncan of Scotland, on account of the giant knife sticking through his chest — falls in love with a woman on the cover of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (Mina, perhaps?). Also working on the short was designer Olympia Le-Tan, who created the characters and helped write the story. “We would look at all the artwork over lunch whenever we would be in the same city, noting any ideas that would just make us smile. It was done like that, with no real plans,” Jonze told Nowness.
You can check out the finished product below.
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