It has been seven years since filmmaker Spike Jonze released a feature, but now he's suddenly flooding the market with content. In addition to the recently released "Where the Wild Things Are," Jonze also just premiered "We Were Once a Fairytale," a short film starring [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] and featuring the 808s & Heartbreak track "See You in My Nightmares." The film, which surfaced online on West's official blog last week (only to be taken down), casts the rapper as a troubled, chemical-addled star who goes to the bathroom at a club to exorcise his demons, only to literally pull a small beast out of his chest. It's a graphic, surreal, dreamlike production — one that fits both director and star perfectly.
"We rehearsed the night before we shot, and talked about trying to get to that raw place, that sad, pathetic, drunken, lost place," Jonze told The New York Times. "I told him the more shameless it is, the more pathetic it is, the better. He just went for it."
West and Jonze previously collaborated on the video for the MC's "Flashing Lights," and while that was a highly cinematic affair, it doesn't hold a candle to the effects- and mood-heavy "We Were Once a Fairytale," which will be available for purchase on iTunes on Tuesday and marks Jonze's first foray into digital distribution.
"I like the idea of trying to put it out on iTunes as an experiment in, can you make a short film yourself, put it out for sale? It's an experiment to see if that is feasible," he said. "I don't actually know if that makes any business sense at all, because once it's out there, it's out there."
Jonze is referring to the leak last week, when the film showed up on the video-sharing site Vimeo and was subsequently posted to West's blog. Jonze told the Times that a friend of his accidentally leaked the short while doing post-production work on it.
It was obviously a rewarding experience for Jonze, though he wasn't sure whether or not West's stage-crashing incident at the Video Music Awards would affect the reception of the film. "I like Kanye and I care about him," Jonze said. "This video is a side of him. Who knows? I don't know what the reception is going to be, but I love making stuff with him. I love the guy."