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Inside ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”s Movies Within the Movie

To turn Jesse Andrews’ celebrated young adult novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl into the indie darling film, director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon paid particular attention to main characters Greg and Earl’s main hobby: making low-budget student films with punny titles. A second-unit, led by directors and animators Edward Bursch and Nathan O. March, made 21 short films in just 25 days that appear in bits and pieces throughout the feature film.

March tells Wired about the tone of the films, “It was like they had to be bad to be funny, but you don’t want them to be just awful. The sort of tone for the shorts themselves was like, ‘Make them bad, but not like bad bad.’”

Jun 8, 2015 at 2:51pm PDT

“Sockwork Orange” — a Greg Gaines & Earl Jackson Production #MeAndEarl

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