Famed filmmaker Spike Jonze has teamed with designer Olympia Le-Tan for “Mourir Auprès de Toi” (To Die By Your Side), a truly remarkable stop-motion short film. Set on a shelf in famed Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company, the star-crossed love story tells the tale of a klutzy skeleton and his flame-haired amour, playing out amidst Le-Tan’s illustrations of iconic first-edition book covers. The project started after Jonze asked for a Catcher in the Rye embroidery to put on his wall and the plucky Le-Tan asked for a film in return. Enlisting French filmmaker Simon Cahn to co-direct, the team wrote the script between Los Angeles and Paris over a six month period, before working night and day animating the 3,000 pieces of felt Le-Tan had cut by hand. Check out the short film above and an interview with Jonze here.
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