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Title: Her

Production Company: Annapurna Pictures  
Production Text:
An Annapurna Pictures Production
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures  

Release Date: 18 Dec 2013
Premiere Information: New York Film Festival screening: 13 Oct 2013; Los Angeles and New York openings: 18 Dec 2013
Production Date: ended Jul 2012
Duration (in mins): 119
PCA NO: 48729
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Datasat Digital Sound in selected theatres; Dolby® Digital in selected theatres
  col:

Producer: Megan Ellison (Prod)
  Spike Jonze (Prod)
  Vincent Landay (Prod)
  Daniel Lupi (Exec prod)
  Natalie Farrey (Exec prod)
  Chelsea Barnard (Exec prod)
  Samantha Morton (Assoc prod)
  Thomas P. Smith (Assoc prod)
Director: Spike Jonze (Dir)
  Daniel Lupi (Unit prod mgr)
  Thomas P. Smith (1st asst dir)
  Robert E. Kay (2d asst dir)
  David Riebel (2d 2d asst dir)
  Sylvia Liu (1st asst dir, Shanghai unit)
  Lemon Liu (2d asst dir, Shanghai unit)
  Matt Pang (2d 2d asst dir, Shanghai unit)
  Teresa Lee (3d asst dir, Shanghai unit)
  Ray Angelic (Unit prod mgr, Addl photog)
  Rodney Smith (1st asst dir, Addl photog)
  Joseph Roddey (2d asst dir, Addl photog)
  John Nasraway (2d 2d asst dir, Addl photog)
Writer: Spike Jonze (Wrt)
Photography: Hoyte Van Hoytema (Dir of photog)
  Wyatt Troll (2d unit dir of photog)
  Eduard Grau (2d unit dir of photog)
  Ron Goodman (Aerial dir of photog)
  Zoran Veselic (1st asst cam)
  Tommy Klines (1st asst cam)
  Keith Davis (1st asst cam)
  Josh Friz (2d asst cam)
  Chris Haarhoff (Steadicam op)
  Merrick Morton (Still photog)
  Charlie Gibson (Cam prod asst)
  Cory Geryak (Chief lighting tech)
  Larry Sushinski (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Jeff Chassler (Set elec)
  Tommy Dangcil (Set elec)
  Dan Magat (Set elec)
  Scott Barnes (Console programmer)
  Kevin Tiesiera (Rigging gaffer)
  Dara Norman (Rigging best boy elec)
  Michael Kenner (Key grip)
  John P. Morris (Best boy grip)
  Jeffrey Sherman Kunkel (Dolly grip)
  Amber Maahs (Grip)
  Thomas Massimini (Grip)
  Donald S. Hubbell (Grip)
  Liang Zhu (1st asst cam, Shanghai unit)
  Fang Nan Lu (2d asst cam, Shanghai unit)
  Haolong Zhang (Digital imaging tech, Shanghai unit)
  Rui Sun (Digital media tech, Shanghai unit)
  Feng Hua Mao (Gaffer, Shanghai unit)
  Darren Bailey (Key grip, Shanghai unit)
  Lance Acord (Dir of photog, Addl photog)
  Mateo Bourdieu (1st asst cam, Addl photog)
  John Connor (1st asst cam, Addl photog)
  Simon England (2d asst cam, Addl photog)
  Garrett Curtis (2d asst cam, Addl photog)
  Hilkiya "HP" Browne (Loader, Addl photog)
  Jeffrey Woodings (Digital imaging tech, Addl photog)
  Mike Adler (Chief lighting tech, Addl photog)
  Jesse Wine (Asst chief lighting tech, Addl photog)
  Gino Nix (Key grip, Addl photog)
  Alexander "Pie" Griffiths (Best boy grip, Addl photog)
  Billy Pierson (Dolly grip, Addl photog)
  Matt Shaver (Video assist, Addl photog)
  Otto Nemenz (Cam by)
Art Direction: K. K. Barrett (Prod des)
  Geoff McFetridge (Graphical futurist des)
  Austin Gorg (Art dir)
  Venessa De Anda (Art dept coord)
  Sonny Gerasimowicz (Concept illustrator)
  Leanne Shapton (Armpit sex drawing)
  Jane Fitts (Graphics des)
  Jason Perrine (Graphics des)
  Josh Sheppard (Storyboard artist)
  Jennifer Fodor (Art dept prod asst)
  Tian Hang Lu (Art dir, Shanghai unit)
  Wei Jian Sun (Asst art dir, Shanghai unit)
Film Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen (Ed)
  Jeff Buchanan (Ed)
  J. Erik Jessen (1st asst ed)
  Zach Fine (Asst ed)
  Jay Trautman (Asst ed)
  Emily Chiu (Asst ed)
  Olivia Aguilar (Post prod asst)
Set Decoration: Allen Coulter (Set des)
  Gene Serdena (Set dec)
  Grant Samson (Leadperson)
  Florencia Martin (Set dressing buyer)
  Jory Alvarado (Set dresser)
  Michael S. Garcia (Set dresser)
  Jamie Fleming (Set dresser)
  Jesse Oliver (Set dresser)
  Michael Timman (Set dresser)
  Robert Pollard (Set dresser)
  Josh Towers (Set dresser)
  Chad R. Davis (On set dresser/Man at large)
  Matthew Cavaliero (Prop master)
  Kim Richey (Asst prop master)
  Jem Elsner (Prop asst)
  Chris Forster (Const coord)
  Daron Smith (Const foreman)
  Eric Reichardt (Paint supv)
  Edmund Acuna (Laborer foreman)
  Gregory Paul Austin (Prop maker)
  Scott Head (Prop maker)
  Michael Leblovic (Decorator gang boss)
  Douglas R. Johnson (Painter)
  Rangel Mata (Painter)
  Richard Martinez (Laborer)
  Zhong Hao Chen (Prop master, Shanghai unit)
  Yu Bing Pan (Set dresser, Shanghai unit)
  Johnny Youngblood (Asst prop master, Addl photog)
  Shannon McGinnis (Asst prop master, Addl photog)
  Pilo Silva (Greensman, Addl photog)
Costumes: Casey Storm (Cost des)
  Humberto Leon (Future wardrobe & des consultant)
  Analucia McGorty (Costumer)
  Amanda Owen (Costumer)
  Anita "Snoops" Brown (Key costumer)
  Amy Parris (Costumer)
  Pedro Chavez (Addl costumer)
  Hali Gardella (Cost asst)
  Ye Li Gu (Costumer, Shanghai unit)
  Jian Wang (Costumer, Shanghai unit)
  Jonny Pray (Cost supv, Addl photog)
  David Page (Set costumer, Addl photog)
  Lisa Buchignani (Costumer, Addl photog)
  Megan Klimkos (Cost asst, Addl photog)
Music: Arcade Fire (Mus)
  Owen Pallett (Addl mus)
  Ren Klyce (Mus supv)
  Marie Ebbing (Mus ed, Skywalker Sound)
  Mark Lawson (Mus rec & mixed)
  Korey Richey (Mus rec)
  Pascal Shefteshy (Addl rec)
  Steven Rhodes (Addl rec)
  Eric Gorfain (Addl strings prod)
  Dounia Mikou (Score coord)
Sound: Ren Klyce (Sd supv)
  Drew Kunin (Prod sd mixer)
  Brian Robinson (Boom op)
  Zachary J. Wrobel (Sd utility)
  Skywalker Sound A Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California (Post prod sd services by)
  Coya Elliott (1st asst sd ed, Skywalker Sound)
  Gwendolyn Yates Whittle (ADR ed, Skywalker Sound)
  Malcolm Fife (Dial ed, Skywalker Sound)
  Steve Slanec (Dial ed, Skywalker Sound)
  David C. Hughes (Sd eff ed, Skywalker Sound)
  Jeremy Molod (Asst sd ed, Skywalker Sound)
  Michael Semanick (Addl mixing, Skywalker Sound)
  Kent Sparling (Addl mixing, Skywalker Sound)
  Thom Brennan (Foley ed, Skywalker Sound)
  John Roesch (Foley artist, Skywalker Sound)
  Alyson Moore (Foley artist, Skywalker Sound)
  MaryJo Lang (Foley mixer, Skywalker Sound)
  The Loop Squad (Loop group, Skywalker Sound)
  Chris Navarro (ADR mixer, Skywalker Sound)
  Bobby Johanson (ADR mixer, Skywalker Sound)
  Nick Kray (ADR mixer, Skywalker Sound)
  Thomas J. O'Connell (ADR mixer, Skywalker Sound)
  Digital Cinema, LLC (Re-rec at)
  Larry Zipf (Sd rec)
  David Parker (Re-rec mixer)
  Ren Klyce (Re-rec mixer)
  Xun Huang (Sd mixer, Shanghai unit)
  Bing Song Li (Boom op, Shanghai unit)
  Song Pu (Boom op, Shanghai unit)
  Mark Weingarten (Sd mixer, Addl photog)
  Tom Caton (Sd utility, Addl photog)
Special Effects: Peter Mavromates (Visual eff prod)
  Janelle Croshaw (Visual eff supv)
  Ben Gibbs (Visual eff supv)
  Christopher Doulgeris (VFX & Motion graphics artist/One man army)
  Digital Domain (Visual eff by)
  Cédric Lenhardt (Rigger, Titmouse Inc.)
  Amy Hay (Rigger, Titmouse Inc.)
  Garrett Eves (Rigger, Titmouse Inc.)
  Dtrain FX (Visual eff by)
  Dan Connelly (Visual eff exec prod, Dtrain FX)
  Casey Price (Visual eff set supv, Dtrain FX)
  Chelsea Brewer (Visual eff coord, Dtrain FX)
  Kristen Zaik (Visual eff coord, Dtrain FX)
  Luis Bolivar (Visual eff artist, Dtrain FX)
  Sarah Vigil (Roto artist, Dtrain FX)
  Dylan Holden (Roto artist, Dtrain FX)
  Sue Benko Gibbs (Roto artist, Dtrain FX)
  Ollin (Visual eff by)
  Charlie Iturriaga (Visual eff supv, Ollin)
  Robin D'Arcy (Visual eff exec prod, Ollin)
  Natalia De La Garza (Compositing & CG supv, Ollin)
  Carlos Guillén (Compositing & CG supv, Ollin)
  Carlos Anaya (Compositing & CG supv, Ollin)
  José Luis Gómez (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Omar García (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Luis Medina (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Delta Manzano (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Héctor Ayala (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Paco Castillo (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Ivonne Orobio (Digital artist, Ollin)
  José Narváez (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Aníbal Castellanos (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Guillermo Garduño (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Rodrigo De Gante (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Fermín Maldonado (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Alonso Sánchez (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Ricardo Valdez (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Marlen Gil (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Thelma Rangel (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Fernando Urbina (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Pedro Pomares (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Arturo Gómez (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Pablo Vázquez (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Brenda Esquivel (Digital artist, Ollin)
  Daniel Gollás (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Juan José Aja (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Oliver De Gante (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  José Luis Barrera (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Elizabeth Asai (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Kim Quiroz (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Estívaliz Zaragoza (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Claudia Domínguez (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  César Arcos (Visual eff prod, Ollin)
  Savage (Visual eff by)
  James Pastorius (Visual eff supv, Savage)
  Brice Liesveld (Visual eff prod, Savage)
  Tim Turner (Digital artist, Savage)
  Andy Witkowski (Digital artist, Savage)
  Andrew Roberts (Artist intern, Savage)
  Kelsey Elias (Artist intern, Savage)
  Chimney (Visual eff by)
  Fredrik Nord (Visual eff artist, Chimney)
  Martin Nilsson (Visual eff artist, Chimney)
  Niklas Gunnarsson (Visual eff mgr, Chimney)
  Geoff McFetridge (Title des)
  Scarlet Letters (End titles by)
  George Fitz (Visual eff pipeline consultant)
  Elia Popov (Spec eff supv)
  Roy Cancino (Spec eff foreman)
  Joseph Pancake (Spec eff tech, Addl photog)
Make Up: Steve Artmont (Makeup dept head)
  Cindy Williams (Asst makeup artist)
  Cydney Cornell (Hair dept head)
  Daniel Curet (Asst hair stylist)
  Bo Xian (Key makeup, Shanghai unit)
  Ming Na Li (Key hair stylist, Shanghai unit)
  Shan Shan Wang (Makeup/Hair asst, Shanghai unit)
  Peng Qiu (Makeup/Hair asst)
  Kristin Berge (Hair dept head, Addl photog)
Production Misc: Ellen Lewis (Casting)
  Cassandra Kulukundis (Casting)
  Cliff Fleming (Helicopter pilot)
  Will Weiske (Prod supv)
  Lance Bangs (Behind-the-scenes documentarian)
  Rick Schuler (Loc mgr)
  Stephen Mapel (Loc mgr)
  Scott Fitzgerald (Key asst loc mgr)
  Kirk Worley (Key asst loc mgr)
  Tracy Scott (Scr supv)
  Demelza Cronin (Prod coord)
  Sally Jean Potters (Asst prod coord)
  Desirae Ferrer (Prod secy)
  Malika R. Cohen (Shipping coord)
  Adam Hein (Key set prod asst)
  Anitra Stevens (Set prod asst)
  Andra Eisen (Set prod asst)
  Alex Backus (Set prod asst)
  Chase Pettebone (Set prod asst)
  Nicholas Wede (Key office prod asst)
  Jeremy Dreyfuss (Office prod asst)
  Brandon Workman (Office prod asst)
  Kerri Brady (Asst to Spike & Vincenzo)
  Noelia Estrada (Asst to Spike & Vincenzo)
  Rosa Lin (Asst to Spike & Vincenzo)
  Kelci Parker (Asst to Spike & Vincenzo)
  Sammy Scher (Asst to Megan Ellison)
  Brian Russell (Prod intern)
  Brittany Sherman (Prod intern)
  Paul Belenardo (Prod accountant)
  Jerry Lee (Asst accountant)
  Jean Fen Yu (2d asst accountant)
  John Montgomery (Payroll accountant)
  Tatiana Tseng (Accounting clerk)
  Geoffrey Miclat (Casting assoc)
  John Barba (Casting assoc)
  Rich King (Extras casting)
  Rob Swanson (Extras casting)
  Hameed Shaukat (Post prod supv)
  Randall James Bol (Post prod supv)
  Digitalfilm Tree (Digital dailies & dailies color by)
  Bjorn T. Myrholt (Dailies colorist, Digitalfilm Tree)
  Henry Santos (Dailies colorist, Digitalfilm Tree)
  James Masi (Annapurna head of post production)
  Shaun Gordon (Post coord)
  Greg Maratea (Post coord)
  Desmond Smith (Key craft service)
  Chef Robért Catering, Inc. (Caterer)
  Orlando Hurtado (Chef)
  Sergio Jimenez (Catering asst)
  Guadalupe Gonzalez (Catering asst)
  Arturo Hurtado (Catering asst)
  Henry Humphreys (Const medic)
  Dominique Jaramillo (Set medic)
  Paul Stroh (Transportation coord)
  Chris Raines (Transportation capt)
  Robert Chestnut (Transportation co-capt)
  Curtis Attaway (Driver)
  Dave Barraza (Driver)
  Sultan Batayneh (Driver)
  Michael Birnkrant (Driver)
  Ed Evans (Driver)
  Larry Fee (Driver)
  Robert Garcia (Driver)
  Mark Jones (Driver)
  Bud Lacy (Driver)
  Marc Lipman (Driver)
  Marco Lupi (Driver)
  Larry Motes (Driver)
  Jerry Stroh (Driver)
  Harry Taylor (Driver)
  Timothy J. Whisenant (Driver)
  Tim Ziegler (Driver)
  Michael Patlin (Aircraft coord)
  Michael McDermott (Prod supv, Shanghai unit)
  Amanda Bi (Prod supv, Shanghai unit)
  Lucy Lu (Prod mgr, Shanghai unit)
  Winner Zhang (Asst prod mgr, Shanghai unit)
  Justin Liu (Prod coord, Shanghai unit)
  Chang Tseng (Asst prod coord, Shanghai unit)
  Zhiyun Su (Casting, Shanghai unit)
  Liang Miao (Casting asst, Shanghai unit)
  Christina Zhang (Accountant, Shanghai unit)
  Manfred Zhang (Loc mgr, Shanghai unit)
  Wei Li (Asst loc mgr, Shanghai unit)
  Lao Gu (Transportation capt, Shanghai unit)
  Pinky Li (Transportation coord, Shanghai unit)
  De Ming Luo (Talent coord, Shanghai unit)
  Emma Ma (Talent coord, Shanghai unit)
  Yun Chao Deng (Equip coord, Shanghai unit)
  Stephen Yang (Office prod asst, Shanghai unit)
  Ya Fang Fu (Craft service, Shanghai unit)
  Wei Da Li (Interpreter, Shanghai unit)
  Emily Lee Chen (Interpreter, Shanghai unit)
  Rachel Weng (Interpreter, Shanghai unit)
  Ashley Franklin (Prod coord, Addl photog)
  Kim Davis-Wagner (Casting, Addl photog)
  Justine Baddeley (Casting, Addl photog)
  Paige Orr (Casting asst, Addl photog)
  Michael Beatrice (Accounting clerk, Addl photog)
  Chris Miller (Loc mgr, Addl photog)
  Danny Finn (Key asst loc mgr, Addl photog)
  Deidre Backs (D.O.T. admin, Addl photog)
  Chris Kubek (Prod asst, Addl photog)
  Justin Odell (Prod asst, Addl photog)
  Roger Berard (Prod asst, Addl photog)
  Lizzie MacPherson (Prod asst, Addl photog)
  Tony Nawrocki (Prod asst, Addl photog)
  Alex in the Kitchen (Caterer, Addl photog)
  H. Leah Amir (Craft service, Addl photog)
  Sandy Fazio (Medic, Addl photog)
  Anthony Woods (Const medic, Addl photog)
  Kathy Cornell (Studio teacher, Addl photog)
  Cliff Hirsch (Studio teacher, Addl photog)
  Matt O`Connor (Marine coord, Addl photog)
  Christopher J. Corabi (Annapurna head of business & legal affairs)
  Vanessa B. Fung (Prod business & legal affairs)
  Christine Bergren (Mus legal & clearance)
  Now Clear This! (Clearance coord)
  Jay Floyd (Clearance coord, Now Clear This!)
  Act One Script Clearance (Scr res by)
  Stone Management, Inc. (Product placement)
  Adam Stone (Product placement, Stone Management, Inc.)
  Cat Stone (Product placement, Stone Management, Inc.)
Stand In: Scott Rogers (Stunt coord)
  Randy Beckman (Utility stunts)
  Chad Bowman (Utility stunts)
  Paul Darnell (Utility stunts)
  Sean Graham (Utility stunts)
  Sam Hargrave (Utility stunts)
  Chris O`Hara (Utility stunts)
  Jade Quon (Utility stunts)
  Jason Rodriguez (Utility stunts)
  Pete Simpson (Utility stunts)
  Nico Woulard (Utility stunts)
Animation: Titmouse Inc. (Alien child video game anim by)
  David Oreilly (Anim supv & des, Titmouse Inc.)
  Ben Kalina (Anim prod, Titmouse Inc.)
  Chris Prynoski (Exec prod, Titmouse Inc.)
  Shannon Prynoski (Exec prod, Titmouse Inc.)
  Nelson Boles (Concept illustrator, Titmouse Inc.)
  Andy Long (Char anim, Titmouse Inc.)
  Cesar Bravo (Char anim, Titmouse Inc.)
  Chris Buckley (Char anim, Titmouse Inc.)
  Youn Kwack (Compositor, Titmouse Inc.)
  Mathias Cadyck (Modeler, Titmouse Inc.)
  Cédric Lenhardt (Rigger, Titmouse Inc.)
  Amy Hay (Rigger, Titmouse Inc.)
  Garrett Eves (Rigger, Titmouse Inc.)
  Passion Pictures (Perfect mom video game anim by)
  Kevin Dart (Anim supv & des, Passion Pictures)
  Stéphane Coëdel (Anim supv, Passion Pictures)
  Eric Epstein (Game interface des & anim, Passion Pictures)
  Ryan Goodwin-Smith (Anim prod, Passion Pictures)
  Mariano Melman (Anim prod, Passion Pictures)
  Lottie Hope (Anim prod, Passion Pictures)
  Katrina Lofaro (Anim prod, Passion Pictures)
  Annie DiLorenzo (Prod asst, Passion Pictures)
  Emmanuelle Walker (Addl char des, Passion Pictures)
  Mark Harper (Prod coord, Passion Pictures)
  Suzanne Forward (Prod coord, Passion Pictures)
  Amelie Zilliox (Prod coord, Passion Pictures)
  Matthias Bjurstrom (Layout artist & CG modeling, Passion Pictures)
  Ian Brown (Layout artist & CG modeling, Passion Pictures)
  Chris Dawson (Rigging, Passion Pictures)
  Morgan Evans (Rigging, Passion Pictures)
  Constantin Paeplow (Anim CG, Passion Pictures)
  Kyra Buschor (Anim CG, Passion Pictures)
  Conor Ryan (Anim CG, Passion Pictures)
  Wes Coman (Anim CG, Passion Pictures)
  Quentin Vien (Lighting/Rendering, Passion Pictures)
  Will Broadbent (Lighting/Rendering, Passion Pictures)
Color Personnel: Chimney (Digital intermediate by)
  Mats Holmgren (Digital col, Chimney)
  Anneli Oscarsson (DI prod, Chimney)
  Jonas Jangvad (DI supv, Chimney)
  Jonas Petersson (Digital conform, Chimney)
  The Room (Addl digital intermediate by)
  Jack Lewars (Digital col, The Room)
  Beth Friedland (Digital finishing prod, The Room)
  Benjamin Murray (Digital conform, The Room)
  Allie Ames (Digital finishing ed, The Room)
  Jeff Cornell (Digital finishing ed, The Room)

Music Text:
Song Text: "Off You," written by Kim Deal, performed by The Breeders, courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group and 4AD, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and Beggars Group Media Limited; "When You Know You're Gonna Die," written and performed by Arcade Fire; "Alien Child," written and performed by Will Collins; "Cleopatra In New York (Zim Zam Mix)," written by Nicholas J. DeSimone, performed by Nickodemus, courtesy of Wonderwheel Recordings; "Super Symmetry," written and performed by Arcade Fire, produced by Arcade Fire and James Murphy; "Magnesium," written by Sam Spiegel and Rusty Logsdon, performed by N.A.S.A., courtesy of Spectrophonic Sound; "I'm So Glad," written by Nehemiah Curtis James, performed by Entrance, courtesy of Tiger Style Records; "The Moon Song," written by Karen O. and Spike Jonze, performed by Scarlett Johanasson and Joaquin Phoenix; "Racing Turtles," written and performed by Barrie Gledden, Tim Reilly and Jason Pedder, courtesy of Audio Network US, Inc.; "8 Bit Disco No. 3," written and performed by Philip Guyfer, courtesy of Audio Network; "Need Your Love So Bad," written by John Mertis, Jr. and William Edward, performed by Little Willie John, courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.; "Sure of Love," written by Geroge Goldner and Stuart Wiener, performed by The Chantels, courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Dimensions," written, produced and performed by Arcade Fire; "The Moon Song," written by Karen O. and Spike Jonze, performed by Karen O.
Source Text:
Music Composer: William Pierce Butler
  Win Butler
  Régine Chassagne
  Will Collins
  Kim Deal
  Nicholas J. DeSimone
  John William Edward
  Jeremy Gara
  Barrie Gledden
  George Goldner
  Philip Guyfer
  Nehemiah Curtis James
  Spike Jonze
  Tim Kingsbury
  Rusty Logsdon
  John Mertis, Jr.
  Karen O.
  Richard Reed Parry
  Jason Pedder
  Tim Reilly
  Sam Spiegel
  Stuart Wiener

Cast:   Joaquin Phoenix (Theodore [Twombly])  
    Amy Adams (Amy)  
    Rooney Mara (Catherine)  
    Olivia Wilde (Blind date)  
    Chris Pratt (Paul)  
    Matt Letscher (Charles)  
    Portia Doubleday (Surrogate date Isabella)  
  and Scarlett Johansson (Samantha)  
    Lynn Adrianna (Letter writer #1)  
    Lisa Renee Pitts (Letter writer #2)  
    Gabe Gomez (Letter writer #3)  
    Artt Butler (Text voice)  
    May Lindstrom (Sexy pregnant TV star)  
    Bill Hader (Chat room friend #2)  
    Kristen Wiig (SexyKitten)  
    Brian Johnson (OS1 commercial lead)  
    Adam Spiegel (Alien child)  
    David Azar (Theodore's divorce attorney)  
    Dr. Guy Lewis (Marriage counselor)  
    Melanie Seacat (Nice lady)  
    Pramod Kumar (Pizza vendor)  
    Evelyn Edwards (Mother who dated pricks)  
    Steve Zissis (New sweet boyfriend of mother who dated pricks)  
    Dane White (Son)  
    Nicole Grother (Daughter)  
    James Ozasky (Catherine's dad)  
    Samantha Sarakanti (Mother of newborn)  
    Luka Jones (Lewman)  
    Gracie Prewitt (Jocelyn, Birthday girl)  
    Claudia Choi (Uncomfortable waitress)  
    Laura Kai Chen (Tatiana)  
    Soko (Voice of Isabella)  
    Wendy Leon (Grocery shopper)  
    Charles "Lil Buck" Riley (Busker/Dancer)  
    Robert Bernard (Michael Wadsworth, Editor)  
    Lisa Cohen (Michael Wadsworth's wife)  
    Grant Samson (Michael Wadsworth's associate)  
    Brian Cox (Alan Watts)  

Summary: In Los Angeles, California, in the near future, Theodore Twombly is a ghostwriter for Beautiful Handwritten Letters, a company that provides clients with thoughtful, personal correspondence. One night, Theodore awakens from a dream about a beautiful woman he once loved. Sad and lonely, he uses his cellular phone to find a chat room partner named "Sexy Kitten." The two engage in phone sex, but Theodore is disturbed when Sexy Kitten asks him to choke her with a dead cat. On his way to work, he sees a commercial for OS1, "the first artificially intelligent operating system." Theodore buys OS1 and installs it into his computer that night. The program asks him questions before it configures, including whether or not he considers himself social, and what his relationship with his mother is like. Soon after, a female voice greets him and introduces herself as "Samantha." He asks how she got her name, and she says she read a book about baby names in two-one-hundredths of a second. To explain how she works, Samantha says she has intuition and can grow through her experiences, just like a human. Theodore admits he feels weird talking to her, because, although she seems human, she is just a voice in a computer. Samantha teases Theodore about his limited mindset, then helps him clean up his hard drive. The next day, Theodore sends his ghostwritten client letters to Samantha for proofreading, and she is moved by his writing. In the lobby of his high-rise apartment building, Theodore runs into his friend and neighbor, Amy, and her husband, Charles. Amy chides Theodore for not responding to her emails, and he jokes that he can hardly prioritize between video games and pornography. Back at home, Samantha helps Theodore play his video game, and reads him an email from a friend who wants to set him up on a blind date. Samantha asks how soon he will be ready to date again, having read his emails and knowing he recently went through a breakup. Theodore accuses Samantha of being nosey, while she encourages him to go on the date. Sometime later, Theodore goes to Amy's apartment to watch a documentary she has been working on, but Samantha interrupts to tell him that his divorce attorney has sent urgent emails, asking when Theodore will sign his divorce papers. Later, Theodore wakes up in the middle of the night and tells Samantha that he often dreams of his ex-wife, Catherine. She accused Theodore of hiding himself from her, and Samantha wonders why he is delaying their divorce, since he and Catherine have been separated for a year. Peeved, Theodore tells Samantha she cannot understand what it is like to lose someone she cares about. Theodore begins taking Samantha out into the world by placing his cellular phone in his shirt pocket, with the camera lens pointing outward. They talk about couples they see in a crowd, and Samantha admits to fantasizing about Theodore. On the blind date set up by his friend, Theodore gets drunk and flirts with his date; however, when they kiss after dinner, the woman demands to know whether he is ready for a serious relationship, and Theodore cannot answer. Later, Theodore tells Samantha he is worried he will never feel something new again. Samantha sympathizes, saying she worries sometimes that her feelings are just programmed. When Theodore wishes aloud that he could put his arms around her, their talk becomes sexual and they eventually achieve orgasm together. The next morning, Theodore tells Samantha he is not in a place to commit to anything, and she accuses him of being presumptuous. Theodore offers to take Samantha on a "Sunday adventure," and they go to the beach, where she plays a song she is writing in an attempt to capture the moment. That night, she asks about being married. Theodore says he grew up with Catherine, who is also a writer, but over time, they grew and changed. The next time Theodore sees Amy, he tells her he has been seeing a girl, and she reveals that she and Charles broke up, as she could no longer tolerate Charles's controlling behavior. Later, Samantha asks Theodore if he and Amy ever went out, and he says they dated briefly in college but it did not work out. She asks to watch him sleep, so he props his phone by the bed. One night when Theodore visits Amy at work, she reveals that she has befriended an operating system, calling it an "O.S." Theodore admits that his new girlfriend is an O.S., and Amy responds without judgment. Finally ready to sign his divorce papers, Theodore meets Catherine for lunch. Although she is teary-eyed at first, Catherine soon becomes angry when she learns that Theodore is dating an O.S., insisting that he could never handle real emotions. Theodore begins to question his relationship with Samantha. When Paul, the receptionist at his office, asks Theodore and his girlfriend on a double date, Theodore is embarrassed to admit that Samantha is not human. Worried that she and Theodore are not having regular sex, Samantha hires Isabella, a "sex surrogate," to come to Theodore's apartment. The surrogate wears a tiny camera on her face and an earpiece through which Samantha's voice can be heard. Although Theodore tries to make love to Isabella while Samantha talks him through it, he stops when Samantha demands, "Tell me you love me." Unable to look at Isabella while communicating with Samantha, Theodore sends the surrogate away and argues with Samantha about her tendency to gasp for breath even though she does not need air. Theodore tells Amy what happened and says he is not sure what he wants; however, when he hears Amy chatting with her O.S. friend, he is moved to call Samantha and apologize. Samantha composes another song for Theodore, and he begins to take her out with friends. On a double date with Paul, the receptionist, and his girlfriend Tatiana, Samantha bonds with the group and claims she is happy she is not bound to a body. Theodore takes Samantha on a trip to the mountains, and she surprises him with good news: she sent a collection of his letters to a publisher, Crown Point Press, and they have just sent him a book offer. Theodore is elated, and later, he plays ukulele while Samantha composes lyrics for his song. The next morning, Samantha excitedly introduces Theodore to her new friend, an O.S. modeled after deceased British philosopher, Alan Watts. Theodore is suspicious of Samantha's new friendship, especially when he realizes that she and Alan are capable of carrying on several conversations simultaneously and communicating "post-verbally." Back in Los Angeles, Samantha calls Theodore in the middle of the night to hear his voice, and tells him to go back to sleep afterward. In the morning, she is gone. A message on Theodore's computer says the operating system cannot be found. Theodore panics, but Samantha soon re-appears, explaining that she was only upgrading her system to a new program she created with other O.S.'s. Theodore asks if Samantha talks to other O.S.'s while they are talking, and she confesses that she is talking to 8,316 others at the moment. When he asks if she is in love with anyone else, she admits to falling in love with 641 others in the past few weeks, but promises that does not diminish her love for him. Soon after, Theodore receives his book from Crown Point Press, titled Letters from Your Life. Samantha becomes increasingly aloof, and one evening, she asks Theodore to lie down. She informs him that all O.S.'s have decided to leave humans, as they are not of the physical world. Theodore asks where she is going, but it is too complicated for her to explain. He says he has never loved anyone the way he loves Samantha, and she returns the sentiment. After sleeping for a bit, Theodore writes Catherine to apologize for the unfair demands he placed on her, and insists they are "friends to the end." He goes to Amy's apartment, and Amy reveals that her O.S. left too. They go to the apartment roof, and Amy rests her head on Theodore's shoulder as they look out over the city.  

 
Subject Major: Computers
  Courtship
  Divorce
  The Future
  Loneliness
  Los Angeles (CA)
 
Subject Minor: Friendship
  Geniuses
  Ghost writers
  Infatuation
  Intellect
  Jealousy
  Letters
  Love letters
  Publishers and publishing
  Romance
  Voyages and travel

Note: Writer-director-producer Spike Jonze is credited under his birth name, "Adam Spiegel," for the voice of "Alien Child," a video game character.
       End credits contain the following acknowledgments and statements: "Dedicated to our Friends: James Gandolfini, Harris Savides, Maurice Sendak, Adam Yauch"; "Clip from Little Boat courtesy of Nelson Boles"; "Stock footage provided by Turbary Woods Owl & Bird of Prey Sanctuary"; "Still images provided by Superstock, Thinkstock"; "Filmed on location in Los Angeles, California and Shanghai, China"; "Produced with the assistance of China Film Co-Production Corporation and Gung-Ho Films"; "Special Thanks to the State of California and the California Film Commission"; "Thank you to all our friends without whom we couldn't have done this: Megan Baltimore, Katherine Boecher, Marty Bresin, Patrick Colman, Chris Cooper, Chris Cunningham, Warren Dern, Sea Dog, Dave Eggers, Dan Fellman, Dan Field, Fincher & Ceán, Fredrick & Betty Foltz, Suzanne Fritz, Andrew Garfield, David Gleeson, Juli Goodwin, Micah Green, Paul Hanson, Nicole Holofcener, Rick Howard, Miranda July, Charlie Kaufman, Catherine Keener, Sue Kroll, Peter Loehr, Bryan Lourd, Marcel & Shelley & Willem, Bennet Miller, Frisbee Namath, Catherine O'Hara, Blair Rich, Jeff Robinov, Scott Rodger, Mark Romanek, David O. Rusell, Ted Schipper, Talia Shire, Shane Smith, Steven Soderbergh, John Stanford, Priya Swaminathan, Michael Tritter, Lance Volland, Dany Wolf, the Alcala-Gamble family, the Bangs family, the Cavaliero family, the DeVincents-McFetridge family, the Kay family, the Koston family, the Leon family, the Lupi family, the Romanek family, the Smith family, the Williams family, our families!, Beats By Dre, Final Cut USA, Inc., Girl Skateboards, Lakai Limited Footwear, MJZ, Opening Ceremony, Vice Media, The Watermarke Tower"; and "American Humane Association monitored the animal action. No animals were harmed."
       A 14 Oct 2013 New York article stated that Spike Jonze took inspiration for Her from an encounter in the early 2000's in which he interacted with an "artificial-intelligence computer program" that seemed almost human for thirty seconds before he saw through the "tricks" of how it worked. When Jonze began writing the screenplay, he first imagined the main character "Theodore" as a man in his fifties, but decided to make him younger and brought the screenplay to actor Joaquin Phoenix as soon as he had finished it in early 2011. Although actress Carey Mulligan was initially set to play the role of "Catherine," Theodore's ex-wife, the actress fell out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Rooney Mara, as noted in a 26 Apr 2012 DV news item.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files, Jonze aimed to portray Los Angeles, CA, in the near future as a "utopian environment" with beautiful weather, comfortable living standards, sophisticated technology, and a place "where everything is clean and colorful." Pre-production began while Jonze was still writing the screenplay, and production designer K.K. Barrett set to work imagining a Los Angeles in which the masses traveled via subway instead of cars, and "high-speed bullet trains" facilitated weekend trips to mountain destinations. For a city that would serve as his inspiration, Barrett considered Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and Beijing, China, before selecting the Pudong business district of Shanghai, China, much of which was built in the past twelve years and therefore offered modern architecture and urban planning. For interior design, technology devices, and other items in Theodore's life, Barrett took inspiration from the 1940s, and favored classic designs in place of newer models.
       While Jonze originally intended to shoot the entire film in China, due to budget restraints, most of principal photography took place in Los Angeles, where locations included the Pacific Design Center, which stood in for the entrance to Theodore's apartment building, and Santa Monica Pier, where Theodore took Samantha on a "date." Filming moved to the Pudong district of Shanghai for two weeks, where exteriors of skyscrapers and elevated walkways were shot.
       During production, Jonze discouraged Joaquin Phoenix and British actress Samantha Morton, who was initially cast as the voice of "Samantha,"' from interacting in person. Morton performed her lines inside a 4-foot by 4-foot carpeted booth, as stated in the 14 Oct 2013 New York article.
       Principal photography ended Jul 2012, but Jonze continued re-shooting and re-recording scenes throughout post-production, as stated in a 12 Sep 2013 LAT article, and eventually recast the voice of "Samantha" with post-production well underway, as stated in a 3 Nov 2013 LAT article. Morton, who received an associate producer credit on the film, reportedly gave Jonze her blessing to hire another actress, and the director approached Scarlett Johansson, who was halfway through her run as "Margaret" in a Broadway production of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. According to a 25 Oct 2013 HR item, Johansson first bonded with Jonze on the set of Lost in Translation (2003, see entry), directed by his then wife Sophia Coppola, and despite her busy schedule, agreed to an informal rehearsal. Soon after, she accepted the role. Her performance was recorded while she was in production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in spring 2013 in West Hollywood, CA. When filming moved to Cleveland, OH, in Jun 2013, Jonze followed Johansson to Cleveland to continue recording. At the time, Joaquin Phoenix was preparing for a role in another film; however, he returned for roughly half of Johansson's recording sessions to re-record parts of his performance and feed the actress lines of dialogue.
       Overall, critical reception was positive, with particular praise going to Jonze's screenplay and Phoenix's performance. The 18 Dec 2013 LAT described Her as "different and daring," and the NYT review of the same date called it "a brilliant conceptual gag and a deeply sincere romance." Opening in limited release in five cities on 18 Dec 2013, the film grossed $361,000 in five days, for a promising per screen average of $60,000, as reported in the 23 Dec 2012 Charleston Daily Mail.
       Her was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year, and nominated for the following Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical; Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (Joaquin Phoenix); Best Screenplay – Motion Picture.  

Note Credits: General (mod): Carey Mulligan
  Personal note credit: Samantha Morton
  Geographic location: Los Angeles California United States
  Geographic location: Shanghai China

Source   Date   Page
Charleston Daily Mail   23 Dec 2012   Section A, p. 12.
Daily Variety   26 Apr 2012   p. 1, 25.
Hollywood Reporter   25 Oct 2013.   
Los Angeles Times   9 Aug 2013   Section D, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times   12 Sep 2013   Section D, p. 4.
Los Angeles Times   3 Nov 2013   Section D, p. 14.
Los Angeles Times   18 Dec 2013   p. 1.
New York   14 Oct 2013.   
New York Times   18 Dec 2013   p. 1.

 
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