About The Production
With the resurgence of teen comedy and horror films, Kramer and Tornell were intrigued by the timelessness of JAWBREAKER, which sets it apart from the rest
With the resurgence of teen comedy and horror
films, Kramer and Tornell were intrigued by the timelessness of
JAWBREAKER, which sets it apart from the rest. Explains Tornell,
"The story is mythic, a sort of Faustian tale of four gorgeous
high school girls." Rather than place it identifiably in
present day, writer/director Stein wanted to use production design,
costuming and casting to cross the lines of time so anyone who's
been through high school could relate to the film. "It's
such a universal experience that I thought the film should have
kind a timeless and placeless look. I wanted people to concentrate
on the story, not the reality," says Stein.
Although the films parodies high school films from the '70s to
present., JAWBREAKER creates a mythic high school in Reagan by
incorporating elements from almost every decade. "I've always
seen this as a very highly stylized film, and a film that you
couldn't place, taking elements from the '40s, '50s, the '60s,
the '70s and the '80s," relates Stein.
Costume Designer Vikki Brinkkord (TV's "Clueless") did
this, for example, by culling clothing from each time period,
dressing down Julie once she leaves the clique with much more
subdued, simple 60s attire, while keeping Courtney in flashy '90s
lingerie mixed with sexy peddle pushers and slit skirts from the
'40s. "A lot of tight clothes, that's what I'm going to walk
away with," jokes McGowan.
With an incredible cast from the leads down to the minor roles
in place, Stein then worked closely with Director of Photography Amy Vincent ("Eve's Bayou," "Way Past Cool"), and Production Designer Jerry Fleming ("Permanent Midnight", "Live Nude Girls") to take the horror-fantasy of JAWBREAKER to the extreme.
The trio managed to create, along with their crew, an eerie, unique
feel to the fictional Reagan High that has a certain timeless quality, despite the obstacles which preceded them. Shooting in several different Los Angeles area high schools during and around Spring recess created a tight schedule to start. The onslaught of the El Nino rain storms of early '98 further complicated the
four-week shoot. The JAWBREAKER team had to be ready, at moment's
notice, to transfer to a covered set in the wake of unpredictable
forecasts or re-scheduled actual high-school track meets due to
the inclement weather.
Says McGowan, "Darren's great. He's a fabulous writer, and
as a director, his excitement is really infectious. We were doing
six day weeks and were all exhausted but his enthusiasm really
gives us the boost to go on."
With resilience and creativity, the JAWBREAKER cast and crew persevered
and even flourished, with two of the lead girls booking television
pilots, and one solidifying a lead in a studio feature during
the course of the shoot. Ultimately, the cast and crew weathered
nature's wrath, and the film benefited as a result. And just to
keep the mood light, a huge bowl of Jawbreaker candy was always
on hand during the production, for anyone who wanted something
to chew on. "There've been a lot of challenges," admits
Producer Stacy Kramer. "We've had a very small budget, and
whenever you're making a very visual film, you're pushing a lot
of limits. We're doing a lot of interesting, really creative shots
and things you haven't necessarily seen before."
"Jerry Fleming, the production designer, and Amy Vincent,
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