Studio: New Line Cinema
Director: Liam Lynch
Screenwriter: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
Genre: Comedy, Musical
MPAA Rating: R
ARTICLES AND INTERVIEWS:
1. Production Information
2. Getting it Together .
3. And so Lynch and The D began the process of putting a screenplay together.
4. What’s Funny and What Works
5. The Cult of Friends and Fans
6. Full of Cameo Performances
7. Rockin Design
8. The Rock and Roll History Museum
9. Cinematographer Robert Brinkmann: Most Embarrassing Moments.
10. Rock Clothes: What to Wear?
The Rock and Roll History Museum
One of the more imposing sets in the film is that of the Rock and Roll History Museum. The exterior scenes were filmed at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. The interior consisted of five sets: an information desk and main lobby with a majestic “Guitarway to Heaven” stairway; a security center, hallways, plus the Classic Rock Room and Guitar God Room exhibits.
“An awesome thing about making this movie was that every band in the museum gave us permission to showcase them,” says Lynch. “In doing so, they were saying they knew that The D is just about loving rock. The first person that responded was Pete Townsend, who gave us permission to use pictures of him and The Who. We ended up with so many incredible bands on board: Jethro Tull, Queen, David Bowie, The Doors, Metallica, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, The Ramones, Stevie Nicks, Janis Joplin, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, The Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Aerosmith, Slayer, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Marilyn Manson are all represented. It was really exciting because you’d walk down the hallway or into a display room and realize that all these great bands were down with The D. It was a great feeling!”
“When you see Eddie Van Halen’s guitar hanging on the wall, it’s not a guitar like his, it’s the famous one with the cigarette burns on the head stock and reflectors on the back. He wanted us to use his real guitar.”
Martin Whist admits, “The museum set was difficult for me because I didn’t want to fake anything. But part of the design process meant waiting for clearances from the artists in order to actually design it. I created a few models of how I was going to do the displays and knew when I got somebody’s clearance I’d be able to get it together fairly quickly. Rick Nielson from Cheap Trick gave us his guitar to use. Then Gibson and Fender made duplicate guitars for us to use for Angus Young and B.B. King, for example.
“Dayna Pink, our costume designer, was critical in making all the costumes for the mannequins,” continues Whist. “She copied and made real costumes for them in the Classic Rock Room. We hooked up with Neil Preston, the famous rock ‘n roll photographer, and he provided us with the majority of the stills we used. I tried to take a photograph and match it up with the wardrobe that Dayna had made so you’d have the tactile costume and then an actual picture of the musician performing in it. That’s another one of those layers that we use to make it seem real. You felt as though you were in an actual museum.”
There are two unique guitars used in the film. One is played by KG in JB’s dream sequence at Al’s Bar. “In the script, it simply said it was in the shape of a woman’s legs,” notes Whist. “This was a good example of my collaboration with Liam, because he took the idea even further. We ended up with what might be an X-rated guitar. Liam also wanted a triple neck guitar so I designed one that was based on all the drawings I did in high school of Viking battle axes.”
Production notes, photos and promotional video © 2006 New Line Cinema