La La Land: Opening Sequence on the Freeway

The exuberant opening scene on the freeway, where 101 and 405 connect.

Director Damien Chazelle has said that the opening number served as a reminder to audiences about what they were in for: “It’s part of the reason why we decided to, like a lot of stage shows, begin with a big ensemble number right off the bat. Mainly, it’s a warning sign to people in the audience. If people are not going to be comfortable with it, they’ll leave right away.”