The Clever Reason Baby Has To Rewind A Song During A Heist In Baby Driver
Baby Driver is a movie very much propelled and defined by its music. The songs used in the various sequences helped set the tone of the indie hit, but they also left director Edgar Wright at the mercy of their duration. This forced him into a corner when one of his songs wasn't long enough to fit a necessary chase scene. Faced with a significant filmmaking obstacle, Wright eventually stumbled upon a simple-yet-elegant solution: have Baby rewind the song. The director took the stage at a recent Cars, Arts, & Beats: A Night Out with Baby Driver event in Los Angeles and said:
You know what they say about best-laid plans, right? Edgar Wright ran into a huge roadblock when one of his songs for one of Baby Driver's many chase sequences ended up being far longer than he had anticipated. Faced with the possibility of having to use another song (which could've ruined the flow of the scene), Wright instead opted just to have the sunglasses-wearing hero rewind the song -- which not only helped Wright re-establish the momentum of the scene, but also gave Baby a nice little character moment.
As it turns out, for most other scenes, the restrictions of the songs ended up helping Edgar Wright tell his story economically. Elsewhere during his appearance at the Cars, Arts, & Beats: A Night Out with Baby Driver event, Wright explained that prior knowledge of a given song's length forced him to keep his action sequence cut to a very precise timeframe. As a result, he never shot more action than he needed, and the film moved at a better pace than it would have if he had picked the music in post-production.
Baby Driver is now available on Digital HD, and the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film will hit shelves (opens in new tab) next week on October 10. If you're looking for more information on all of the movies set to debut over the next year, have a look at CinemaBlend's 2017 movie premiere guide, as well as our 2018 movie premiere guide.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.