From Drummer to Director: The Story Behind the Creation and Success of La La Land

From Drummer to Director: The Story Behind the Creation and Success of La La Land

La La Land is the name of an American musical written and directed by Damian Chazelle. The title describes where the writer wants to take the viewers, La La Land.


Chazzele was writing the story of the romantic film while attending Harvard University.


Chazelle's first musical endeavor was as a drummer. His inclination for drumming made him discover his fascination for musicals.


Chazelle's first script was for La La Land, inspired by the traditional symphony films of the 1920s, like Manhatta in 1921 and the Russian documentary Man with a Movie Camara in 1929.



It took five years for Chazelle to gain the trust of production companies such as Summit Entertainment and Black Label Media to produce La La Land.


This trust between Chazzelle and the production companies is due to the success and quality of his previous musical, Whiplash. La La Land was produced by Summit Entertainment and Black Label Media, with Marc Platt's financial help, who decided to invest in the film due to no studio funding the musical with no familiar songs.


La La Land debuted at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2016. In the United States, on December 9, 2016, the musical was released for the public to enjoy.


Stars who had vital roles in the film were actors such as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.


This remarkable romantic film received many accolades, for instance, winning seven awards from its seven nominations at the 74th Golden Globes. The film continued to bear the fruits of its success by winning five of eleven nominations at the 70th British Academy Film Awards, including Best Film.


La La Land also triumphed at the 89th Academy Awards, winning in six categories, including best actress for Emma Stone and best director for Chazelle.


The romance film La La Land is a financial success, grossing 448 million globally with a budget of 30 million dollars.


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