The limited-release earning power has been mighty impressive , guaranteeing that the film will be open for box office business at least until the Oscars in February, where its widely expected to score double digits in the nominations tally. In one scene, which drew inspiration from classic Hollywood filmmaker Busby Berkeley and his swimming pool musicals , the characters fall into a Los Angeles pool during a nighttime party. The camera goes right in with them and then bobs on the surface, rotating as partygoers jump and splash around. Right up front, before we even meet the main characters played by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, La La Land establishes the real yet semi-fantastical world in which its story takes place. Talking to Chazelle is like tumbling down a soft Wikipedia rabbit hole — one movie reference leads to another movie reference which leads to a song reference and then another mention of that great documentary and that musical which got his thoughts churning in the first place. He had two basic ideas. But this is Los Angeles. The cacophony of sounds is coming out of cars. And I loved the idea of presenting the soundscape of the city that way. I felt like I had seen the you-wanna-shoot-yourself version in Falling Down .
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The ensemble number portrays drivers in a Los Angeles traffic jam on a highway ramp singing and dancing about their aspirations to succeed in Hollywood. The song was filmed on location on a foot-high express ramp of the Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange   in three shots, edited with hidden cuts to give the illusion of a single six-minute take. The sequence — the first of the film to be shot — was filmed over two days in August The ramp was closed for the two full days of filming. The number was shot in three takes, which were edited to give the appearance of a single six-minute long take.
The scene: a freeway ramp on a blazingly sunny L. Cars glitter far into the horizon. Horns honk. And then the music picks up. It was also a costly and complicated scene to shoot, resulting in six minutes of busy action involving dozens of actors on a freeway ramp they had to shut down for a whole weekend. The show kicks into gear when one woman gets out of her car, bursting into song.
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