Hollywood Unscripted

A show for film lovers by film lovers. Hollywood Unscripted delves into illuminating and unique conversations with top professionals in the entertainment industry. Hear stories and lessons from behind the scenes of the biggest blockbusters and most-admired features in film history. Featuring candid conversations with Hollywood legends, moguls, auteurs and other industry insiders, host Jenny Curtis goes far beyond the standard celebrity interview to take listeners inside the creative process. Listen each week to find out how the most creative minds in film and television do what they do and what their work ultimately means to them. From CurtCo Media.



episode 45: 45 - David E. Talbert (Jingle Jangle)

Writer/Director David E. Talbert joins host Jenny Curtis and guest co-host Nik Walker to discuss his spectacular new holiday film, JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY. 

0:30 - Nik Walker’s introduction, discussion of HAMILTON, his podcasts THE CHAOS TWINS & LITTLE JUSTICE, the experience of playwriting, and who he is as an artist. 

4:37 - David E Talbert joins the conversation

5:22 - Nik and Jenny’s impressions of JINGLE JANGLE

6:04 - The initial idea of JINGLE JANGLE being thought of for theater and how it became a film. 

7:22 - David’s son’s seeing himself in JINGLE JANGLE, representation, and creating a universal story. 

9:45 - The movies that inspired the innovation aspect of the film

10:20 - Creating beautiful songs that move the plot with Philip Lawrence and John Legend

12:33 - The 11 o’clock hour song, ‘Make It Work’ and how that number broke the form. 

15:55 - Deciding to cast Phylicia Rashad

16:48 - Meeting Forest Whitaker at a vegan restaurant to discuss the film and casting him as someone he could trust to be a strong #1 on the call-sheet

18:33 - The professionalism of Madalen Mills and her ability to light up the camera. 

19:58 - The amazing experience of Forest Whitaker singing live on set. 

21:24 - Keegan-Michael Key nailing his challenging song. 

22:30 - Discovery on set, costuming and detailing in the design. 

24:13 - Inspiration pulled from HUGO. 

24:59 - Nik’s impression of the imagery in Journey’s song and David’s decision to put her (safely) on the roof. 

27:29 - The choreography in the film

28:27 - the animation for Ricky Martin’s role

28:45 - Doing pre-records of the song and being able to break the rules by not knowing them

29:47 - Changing the first song a week before shooting. 

30:40 - Adding to the shoot while filming. 

32:26 - What the concept was when JINGLE JANGLE was going to be a piece of theater and bringing it back to the stage in the future. 

35:25 - Being ‘The Christmas Movie’ guy by accident

36:31 - Remembering the dichotomy of the holidays 

38:47 - David’s connection to Jeronicus Jangle and his parallels to JINGLE JANGLE

40:39 - The creation of Ms. Johnston’s background trio. 

43:30 - A life in storytelling


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Hosted and Produced by: Jenny Curtis

Guest Co-Host: Nik Walker

Edited by: J Whiting

Executive Producer: Stuart Halperin

Theme Music by: Celleste and Eric Dick

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 2020-11-30  46m