GET OVER IT
About The Production
Though it stars young actors, GET OVER IT is a film that appeals to people of any age. "Younger kids are going to love it because they'll relate to the characters," says director Tommy O'Haver. "And adults are going to love it because it has a level of sophistication that most teen films are lacking."
Right from the start, music is an important element throughout the film. When Berke is dumped by Allison, the story takes a unexpected turn: a forlorn Berke is followed down the street by a garage-band-esque collection of people, led by Vitamin C, singing "Love Will Keep Us Together," the classic Captain and
Tennille song from the 70's. Top recording star Vitamin C was brought in to perform in that sequence, while she also recorded an updated version of another hit from the '70s, Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" in a duet with
Sisqo for the end credit sequence.
One of the elements that also sets GET OVER IT apart is the play within the film. "A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve," Dr. Forrest-Oates' take on Shakespeare's classic story of misdirected love, gives the film another layer of sophistication, as well as an appealing comic edge.
The play places the story of Allison, Berke and Kelly in a larger context. "What's happening to characters in the play is what happens to us off-stage," explains actress Kirsten Dunst. "It all connects."
While Martin Short's Dr. Forrest-Oates feels that his interpretation of
Shakespeare is a work of genius, the music is in fact quite comical.
Appropriately, Marc Shaiman, who wrote the music for "South Park," penned
seven songs for the film.
"Everything is definitely over-the-top," says Shane West about the music in "A Midsummer Night's Rockin' Eve." Shane West was classically trained as a boy
and now sings as part of a punk band. "There are songs that sound like they're from 'The Sound of Music,' and then something that sounds like a Cher techno song," he says about the music in GET OVER IT. "Love Scud," the song that Shane West's Striker performs as part of a boy band in which he is the lead singer, the Swingtown Lads, was written by Lindy Robbins & Del Pearson.
Not all of Marc Shaiman's songs are so comical, however. He also wrote the touching "Dream of Me," which was not in fact a Forrest-Oates original, but a song Kelly has written and which Kirsten Dunst sings in the role of Helena in the play. "Mark Shaiman wrote this gorgeous song that I get to sing at the end of the movie," says Kirsten Dunst. "Mark Shaiman is brilliant."
Dance is also another integral element in the film. Jerry Evans, who had recently worked with co-producer Louise Rosner on "Boys and Girls," was brought in to choreograph the project. Evans' aim was to keep it simple. "I wanted it to look like something that would be done by a high school drama teacher," he says. "Nothing too polished or slick. The dance sequence that ends the film has a different feel. It's a cross between retro, and the urban, current street type of dance."
Production designer Robin Standefer and Cinematographer Maryse Alberti worked together to create a colorful, yet classic design for the film. "I'm going for a retro look very much based on the way that the post-war Americana and European design of the '50s, '60s and '70s has influenced the design look of the '90s and the decade of the new millennium," says Standefer. "There is an intensity to that style of design that I thought would work well for the movie. There's also a certain formality to that design that lends itself well to the theatrical element of the film."
While the clothes are very modern, the interiors recall an earlier time; Standefer played with that contrast. "There's a certain idea that the parents are living in a slightly retro world, but those anachronisms are importan
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