Anticipation continues to build for the release of "Michael Jackson's This Is It," the film that celebrates the music of the King of Pop and gives fans an extremely intimate look at Jackson's ideas and his work ethic. The film will focus mainly on songs and performances cobbled together from hours of tape, all of which was captured during the rehearsal process for the planned 50-date residency at London's O2 Arena. But so far, the most fascinating moments have come from the way Jackson communicates with the dancers, musicians and crew members. He works deliberately and confidently, and even in the moments where he is making minor adjustments, you can tell he has already seen the entire "This Is It" show in his head, and all he had to do was get it onto the stage.
A prime example: In the clip below, which shows Jackson working with a team of dancers on the HIStory song "They Don't Care About Us," he makes a minor change to a piece of the show. "That's a cool move," he says. "It's a cool move, but it spreads out too much at the end." He speaks clearly and confidently about exactly what he wants — a pure expression of a perfectionist at work.
According to director Kenny Ortega, "Michael Jackson's This Is It" will contain very little narration and be made up mostly of "wallt-to-wall music." So far, the footage that has surfaced from the film has been equal parts awe-inspiring and sad, because it's clear that Jackson was truly passionate about these shows and that they were going to be spectacular events. All told, it promises to be a fitting epitaph for a great artist.