“Each route of Hopscotch featured eight chapters, and I wanted at least one on each route to feature the outside world invading the quiet of the car. On the Red Route it was this chapter –appropriately enough, the first meeting of Lucha and Jameson in a car crash.
This pop and rock music phenomena emerged during hte 1960s when the number of people being killed in vehicle collisions was fast rising in many countries. Here are some illustrious car crash songs:
“Life in the Fast Lane,” The Eagles, 1973
“Detroit Rock City,” KISS, 1976
“A Sight for Sore Eyes,” Tom Waits, 1977
“Come Back Jonee,” Devo, 1978
“The Right Profile,” The Clash, 1979
“Leader of the Pack,” Twisted Sister, 1985
“There is a Light That Never Goes Out,” The Smiths, 1987
“Airbag,” Radiohead, 1997
“Through the Wire,” Kanye West, 2003
“Brought up That Way,” Taylor Swift, 2009
“Lucha and Jameson were outside in a parking lot, and the car with the ‘rubber-necking’ audience drove in circles around them. The audience viewed the scene in 360 degrees, and – thanks to the Sennheiser antennae mounted to the car – they got to hear the entire scene through the car speakers.
“This chapter introduced one of our many Cupid figures: accompanying the audience was Philip King, a beat-boxing harpist, who gave you the feeling that something bigger was happening than just a car crash.
“Because Chapter 1 and Chapter 3 are animations, I didn’t want the car and motorcycle to be too realistic – I thought they should be highly artificial, cartoon-like, as if they were a continuation of the animations. I was sure this would keep people from running frantically into the parking lot and saying, ‘Are you OK?!’ (Although that still happened once.) The wooden motorcycle reappears in Chapter 11; as a projection on the tunnel in Chapter 6; as a ghostly trace faraway on a tower in Chapter 33; and once as the real thing in Chapter 19.
“It was such fun choreographing the car’s path into the scene: when it first approaches the accident, it stops at a point that perfectly framed the actors in a frozen position. Jason as Jameson was in mid-fall with one hip on the ground – I’m still amazed he held that posture 24 times a day! Once the actors sprung to life, the scene began, and the car began circling them. I think it was the most cinematic scene in Hopscotch.”