Jeffrey Hornaday interview: ‘Teen Beach Movie,’ making the musical, working with Michael Jackson, Madonna | Dispatch Interviews

Jeffrey Hornaday interview: ‘Teen Beach Movie,’ making the musical, working with Michael Jackson, Madonna

EXCLUSIVE: While Jeffrey Hornaday may be forever remember as the choreographer on Flashdance, Dick Tracy and Captain Eo, Hornaday is now building a legacy directing successful TV movies on the Disney Channel. In fact, Teen Beach Movie earned Hornaday his second DGA nomination.

Jeffrey-Hornaday-256x300The director and choreographer broke away from his schedule to discuss this recent success, bringing the 60’s surfer movies back to the forefront as well as reflecting on his amazing projects with Michael Jackson, Madonna and even Paul McCartney with The Global Dispatch/Dispatch Radio.

“Rather than recreate those kinds of movies…what we decided to do was to try to recreate the feeling you have when you think back on them,” he says of paying tribute to the classic 1960’s style beach party movies. “Which is a sense of whimsy, enthusiasm and this kind of magical feel…”

Teen Beach Movie was his second DGA nod after Geek Charming, which he also discusses briefly. Dick Tracy memories were a great way for fans to understand the choreography in action sequences and a musical montage.

Hornaday worked with Michael Jackson on Captain Eo and explained how the famous King of Pop approached choreography and collaboration.

“I kind of let him create this choreographic vernacular,” Hornaday explains while reflecting on the creative process as a means to develop a “library of moves” for Jackson.

To explain the differences in concert choreography, Hornaday contrasted how Madonna and Paul McCartney approached the creative process and what some of the end results were – some shocking and successful.

Check out the full interview below.

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