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ANIMATED CHAPTERS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 23 16 13 10 5 3 1 27 30 34
An intersection in Boyle Heights
Lucha's Childhood
Lucha's Quinceañera Song
Mariachi Plaza, Boyle Heights
Jameson's Story
Jameson Portrait
The 2nd Street Tunnel, Downtown Los Angeles
The Reunion
A Rehearsal Studio in the Arts District
First Kiss
Hollenbeck Park, East Los Angeles
Angel's Point
Angel's Point, Elysian Park
Love and Fractals
The Floating Nebula
The Corn Fields, Los Angeles State Historic Park, Chinatown
City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles
The Next Years
The Phone Call, Part 1
Traversing between the Arts District and Boyle Heights
A Fortune
Chinatown Plaza
Orlando's Story
Orlando's Fairwell
Evergreen Cemetery
Interlude (Car Wash)
AirStream Trailer, Elysian Park
The Roadways, Elysian Park
The Experiment
3rd Street and Broadway
230 Center St, Arts District
The Disappearance
The Red Notebook
Utter darkness
The Other Woman
The Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles
Bowtie Parcel, Los Angeles River
Lucha and Orlando in Love
Historic Core, Downtown Los Angeles
Lucha Portrait
Alongside the LA River, Interstate 5
Orlando In Love
The Million Dollar Theater
Orlando Portrait
Libros Schmibros Book Store, Boyle Heights
Farewell From the Roof Tops
Rooftops, Toy Factory Lofts, Biscuit Lofts, Ito Building Tower, Arts District
Old Age Like a Dream
The Phone Call, Part 2
Chavez Ravine, Elysian Park
The Central Hub


Location: An intersection in Boyle Heights
Lucha: Jane Stephens Rosenthal
Jameson: Jason Winfield
Harpist: Phillip King
Text by Jane Stephens Rosenthal
Music by Phillip King
Car and motorcycle sculpture by Danny Gonzalez and Manny Torres
They meet for the first time, Lucha’s car crashing into Jameson’s motorcycle. While collecting themselves, they realize there is undeniable chemistry between them. She hurries away, handing him a flyer for her upcoming performance that leaves him wondering about this girl.

Director’s Notes:

“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.

Car Crash Songs

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.

Harpist Phillip King improvised the score in each performance of Chapter 2. Photo by Dana Ross

“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.

Orpheus Triumphant

“At the end of the scene, Lucha writes her number on the back of the postcard for her upcoming show with Orlando: Orpheus Triumphant. You get to see the postcard in the animation at the end of Chapter 5; Jameson in Chapter 7 uses it to find her in the warehouse on the Yellow Route.

“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.”

– Yuval Sharon