Writer-director Chazelle made the 18-minute short to secure funding for his feature-length movie
The original short film from writer-director Damien Chazelle that would later become Whiplash is now available to watch online.
Chazelle made the 18-minute short film in a bid to attract funding for his feature-length Whiplash movie, which eventually came out last year (2014). The 18-minute short debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 to considerable acclaim and after Chazelle secured his $3.3 million (£2.2 million) budget, his feature-length Whiplash movie premiered at the same festival a year later.
JK Simmons originated his Oscar-winning role as abusive jazz instructor Dr Terence Fletcher in the short film, starring opposite Johnny Simmons – to whom he bears no relation – as drumming student Andrew Neiman. Miles Teller would take on this role in the feature-length film.
After being released to hugely positive reviews last October (2014), the feature-length Whiplash went on to win three Academy Awards: Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Supporting Actor for JK Simmons. It was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Its screenplay was deemed to have been “adapted” because Chazelle’s original 18-minute short film formed the basis of his feature-length movie.