By Bad Seed
In December of 2008, Kanye West sent Spike Jonze his song "See You in My Nightmares from 808s and Hearbreaks. They'd been talking for quite awhile about working on a project together, and it was finally a good time for both of them. Spike wrote a story for the song, working off of the raw feeling of 808s and Heartbreak. He Suggested they do it as a short film, which would free them up creatively, and Kanye agreed. Spike, knowing Kanye's level of commitment, cast him as the lead characted -- a pathetic, sad drunk in a club. Spike wanted to get a raw, shameless performance, and Kanye went for it, wholeheartedly. They filmed it over the course of two days at a club in West Hollywood, with a very low budget and a skeleton crew. It became an experimental short film for them. Spike says, "Our idea was just to see if we could make a short film, pay for it ourselves, put it on iTunes, and see what happens."--iTunes...