Admittedly, my heart started to race when the My Name Is Earl star, Jason Lee, walked into the room for the interview regarding his upcoming movie, Alvin And The Chipmunks : Chipwrecked. After a short discussion around the table on what exactly a blogger is, I started to calm down.
Many people probably know about his career as a professional skateboarder (fyi he still skates), but I was surprised to discover that he’s also a professional photographer. I asked him about it and he answered, so even though he didn’t know my name, we technically had a conversation, right? Sure. I will add that to my celeb list…had convo with Jason Lee about photography.
I read that you’re a professional photographer.
Yes. That’s my passion, photography.
I’ve been doing that for years. And that’s my sort of get away from everything is I travel a lot and take pictures. I road trip.
I might have my own blog eventually. I shoot film still and I archive all my images, and I have thousands of slides and various negatives and things laying around. So, one of these days I’ll start to edit and put out a book. But, in the meantime, that’s a nice getaway for me.
How did you feel about this one [Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked]? Was it different?
This one, I think it’s the best one personally. I think it’s very focused. It’s sharp. It’s tight. I think Mike Mitchell did a great job as a director.
Certainly I had the most fun. The second one [Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel] I could only do a little bit in the movie. The first one [Alvin and the Chipmunks] was great. Now, the relationships are solid with the boys and Dave and everything’s just kind of tight and in. And it’s been years of doing this now, so everything just worked for this third one, I think, in a slightly elevated way.
Do your kids ever ask you where the chipmunks are, or do they have any issue with that illusion?
When I was filming the first one [Alvin and the Chipmunks], my son very much thought they were real and so I tried to keep him away from the set. But, the couple of times that he did come to the set, I would have to say, “Oh, the chipmunks are on a break,” or “They’ve gone back to the hotel or something to get massages.”
How hard is it to work with the stuffies? (Note: For filming, they used stuffies to hold and switched them out digitally.)
Well, I don’t know why we didn’t think of this on the first one [Alvin and the Chipmunks]. But, on the first one, I had nothing. So, I had to remember the eye line. So, we’d put pieces of tape on the ground and there would be an S, a T, and an A. So, Alvin, Theodore, Simon. And then, the actors are reading the dialog off camera. And I have to remember who’s reading what voice. So, when Theodore is talking, I have to look here. But, I have to raise my eye line. And he’s shorter, so the tape’s there but I’m looking up there. It’s kind of tricky. Now they have antennas. So, now the height of the eye line is right and they’ve put the little tape on it or whatever. Or, if it’s on the side of the camera, they can put the actual stuffed animals but not in frame, because it’s harder to wipe that out so they use little antennas. So, I’m doing this to an antenna or a tennis ball or some piece of tape or something.
A short synopsis:
The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island. As the ‘Munks and Chipettes scheme to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is in theaters nationwide December 16th. Check out the trailer below!
Genre: Animated comedy-adventure
Release: December 16, 2011
Director: Mike Mitchell
Written by: Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, based on the characters created by Ross Bagdasarian and Janice Karman
Producers: Janice Karman, Ross Bagdasarian
Cast: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, and Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris, Christina Applegate
This film is rated G and fun for the whole family!
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Disclosure: Fox flew me out to L.A. to attend the press junket for Alvin & The Chipmunks : Chipwrecked. My airfare and lodging were paid for, but I received no monetary compensation. Any thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.