Grease's Director Breaks Down the "You're The One That I Want" Scene | Notes on a Scene


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  • Alayna Palmer
    Alayna Palmer 3 days ago +1

    My mom is named Olivia after her

  • Alayna Palmer
    Alayna Palmer 3 days ago +1

    My favorite movie is this

  • I am Abbigail
    I am Abbigail 5 days ago

    My favorite movie. EVER!

  • brenyee
    brenyee 8 days ago

    do Francis Ford Coppola!!

  • Asher Elric
    Asher Elric 12 days ago

    Best high school movie.

  • Shawn Doritos
    Shawn Doritos 12 days ago

    YAAAS my favorite film ever 😍

  • Olivia Davey
    Olivia Davey 12 days ago

    Last summer I was patty in greace

  • Emonie Zinnermon
    Emonie Zinnermon 21 day ago

    But the flying car tho.......😕🤔

  • Lauren
    Lauren 22 days ago

    Broooooo I just watched my fave movie like three hrs ago and I stumble upon this video 🤧🤧🤧

  • kassidy mcdaniel
    kassidy mcdaniel 25 days ago

    glee finchel

  • giara777 Lolz
    giara777 Lolz 26 days ago

    When I watched this I was like dang they did great!!!

  • snappity snappleee
    snappity snappleee 26 days ago

    yeah yeah yeah I understood all of that dancing and stuff, but can you please explain the flying car? like, wHaT?!

  • Queen Queen
    Queen Queen 29 days ago +1

    I LOVE

  • KaideThe 8
    KaideThe 8 Month ago

    I still wanna know. Was this whole thing just Sandy’s afterlife????

  • Mbeepy
    Mbeepy Month ago

    7:47 wow so does he mean that as they were filming they couldn't look back at what they had shot?


    Shout out to the female dancer with the green shorts!! I always look for her!!

  • patrick lego
    patrick lego Month ago

    T.L alvin carson tag nyo kung kilala nyo...

  • Hannah Weeks
    Hannah Weeks Month ago

    I love these videos. As a movie fanatic, it's awesome to see all the nicks and tricks of cinematography. I have never noticed any of these things

  • IsYoGurlFrankie
    IsYoGurlFrankie Month ago +5

    is it crazy that i’m 13 and i know people that are 40 and haven’t seen grease

  • IamJace
    IamJace Month ago

    im 21 and Im in love with this movie still. I have seen it like 13 times. man im going to still watch this when im 60 years old

  • Little Matty
    Little Matty Month ago

    Kenickie???? Is that you????

  • Paulina Oliva
    Paulina Oliva Month ago

    No entiendo un carajo ja

  • Maddy Smith
    Maddy Smith Month ago +2

    Im being a pink lady for Halloween 🎃

  • hailey rae
    hailey rae Month ago +2

    Shoutout to the prop man

  • Milena Cuellar
    Milena Cuellar Month ago

    Why does it sound like he's underwater? Bad audio!

  • zephyra
    zephyra Month ago

    ew, this was the dude that also directed the blue lagoon.

  • Graceanne Deladem
    Graceanne Deladem Month ago

    love itttttt

  • explosive_stardust
    explosive_stardust Month ago +93

    Okay but can we appreciate the expertise of that propman?
    "Oh yeah, stick a bobby pin in that cigarette and it won't bounce!"
    Just these little tricks and how the prop guys know them is incredible.

  • Veronica Juarez
    Veronica Juarez Month ago

    I didn’t want this to end ! Thank you for doing this I wish there was so much more

  • Katie Catley
    Katie Catley Month ago +3

    My nana went to school with sandy before she left England to go to Australia

  • thecoon215
    thecoon215 Month ago +7

    This is such a good watch since unlike famous auteur directors, who talk about their movies in a more abstract and philosophical way, he goes into a lot of the technicalities and the nitty gritty of filmmaking which I find personally to be often brushed to the side.

  • Reina Arana
    Reina Arana Month ago


  • Gary Storm
    Gary Storm Month ago

    Fascinating! Thanks for the insights :)

  • Sophie
    Sophie Month ago +1

    how does this not have more views??????????

  • Shahadan Yusuf
    Shahadan Yusuf Month ago +27

    Amazing how after 40 years he still remembers all these details

  • AJR 1986
    AJR 1986 3 months ago

    LOVE this "break down" series! Keep 'em coming!

  • Teresa
    Teresa 3 months ago

    The most beautiful thing is that the imperfections and quirkiness made movies like this so real and human. Computer generized "perfection" takes the humanity out of art and doesnt make way for movies like Grease to shine.

  • Vivi Crespo
    Vivi Crespo 3 months ago

    Love Grease! 😍great video!

  • borderlinblue
    borderlinblue 3 months ago

    and the magic of cocaine!

  • J
    J 3 months ago +25

    You know, when you sit back and watch the movie and think how perfect it is, you think of it through the mind of a fan, so it's really eye-opening to see the scenes in the perspective of the's kind of like real life...You see countless mistakes and things that could've not gone well in the movie (or your life) but hardly anyone else does! (like matching the blue colors in the background, the sun setting...) I always thought Sandy's squint was just an addition to her new bad-girl personality! Kinda like a scowling-look!

  • Juliette anais
    Juliette anais 3 months ago +2

    No one cared about woman confort

    • Im an adult virgin
      Im an adult virgin 27 days ago +2

      Juliette anais Girl shut up that was Olivia’s decision so she wouldn’t slow down anything

  • AN Feuerstahl
    AN Feuerstahl 3 months ago

    Grease had one single destiny --> to be an icon and a masterpiece.

  • Michael  Jones Jr
    Michael Jones Jr 3 months ago

    it's hard to believe that Paramount did not believe in this film. That's why the managers have the Producers $6 millions to make Grease because they thought it was going to flop. But Boy was they wrong it ended up grossing over $496 million world wide at the Box office

  • Michael  Jones Jr
    Michael Jones Jr 3 months ago


  • John Campbell
    John Campbell 3 months ago

    Can they get Randal Kleiser to talk about "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid"? There'd be lots to talk about with making that movie.

  • Michael Z
    Michael Z 4 months ago +2

    Never thought of the film "grease" as being worthy of close analysation.

  • Karah Comben
    Karah Comben 4 months ago

    How was he even born when this was made xd

  • El Padrino
    El Padrino 4 months ago +1

    7:25 that looks like a Norman Rockwell painting lol

  • The Kit Tinsley
    The Kit Tinsley 4 months ago +5

    The shot of the shake shack would be THE DOPEST POSTER

  • ellen Rithander
    ellen Rithander 4 months ago

    😂 Cool

  • LBlush
    LBlush 5 months ago

    This was great to watch. Very technical.

  • noa v
    noa v 5 months ago +11

    was kenickie a virgin tho? he said that he had bought the condom in the seventh grade, he hasn't used it since then? SOMEONE PLS ANWER

  • Rip In peace
    Rip In peace 5 months ago +15

    I had the biggest crush on John in this movie. My Lord I was obsessed with him. Shame he aged so horribly and ya know.. that Scientology stuff

  • ButterBumBomb
    ButterBumBomb 5 months ago #ecolove

  • Claire Victoria
    Claire Victoria 6 months ago +231

    When I saw the thumbnail I thought "Wait he's the director?? How young was he when he directed it???" because he looks very good in this video. I expected someone much older. I had to google his age and it turns out he was only 32 when he directed the film.

    • Noraa 노라
      Noraa 노라 24 days ago +8

      Right?? I would’ve expected him to be much older but nah bro he looks young as heck 👏🏼👏🏼

    MADISON B 6 months ago

    grease never gets old

  • Sincerely Eccentric
    Sincerely Eccentric 6 months ago

    It's still so funny that they are supposed to be in high school.

  • Nahb0iiASMR
    Nahb0iiASMR 6 months ago +1

    Honestly one of my favorite musicals 😭❤️❤️

  • Phương Thảo Đặng

    love this video

  • Chanlyn Rollier
    Chanlyn Rollier 6 months ago

    I really enjoy these Notes on a scene episodes! I've always been a "behind the scenes" nerd, and love seeing how movies come together.

  • idan willenchik
    idan willenchik 6 months ago

    Apparently the director had no problems with casting over 30 year old actors as high school students.There goes credibility down the drain.....

  • idan willenchik
    idan willenchik 6 months ago

    I would have done that scene where that cigarette falls to this very day just to be at Olivia's feet and red toenails FOREVER!!!!!

  • Paul D
    Paul D 6 months ago

    awesome insight

  • J. M. Stein
    J. M. Stein 6 months ago +2

    He’s handsome.

  • KT
    KT 6 months ago +27

    I wrote an essay for my film class once on improvisation, and I wish I had seen this video before writing it (although I still got perfect on it anyway). It was fascinating doing the research for it though. Giving your actors the freedom to flow with the scene can produce amazing results, and directors need to trust them more. Too many of them become too possessive of their art, and don't like to let go.

  • Ed Reid
    Ed Reid 6 months ago +6

    Loved this, especially when he described the "bumpy" choreography..which I noticed as I watched this scene hundreds of times..perfection..

  • Mandy Olsen
    Mandy Olsen 6 months ago

    Best movie ever

  • Southern Oregon Cat Mom

    This was so interesting!

  • Lucy Luu
    Lucy Luu 6 months ago

    Imma go watch this movie now for like the millionth time

  • Flying Fez
    Flying Fez 6 months ago

    Grease was my very first musical 💗

  • Grant H
    Grant H 6 months ago +3

    I just finished doing grease

  • Gemma Sutton
    Gemma Sutton 6 months ago

    My favourite movie ❤️ ICONIC 👏

  • NI KO
    NI KO 6 months ago

    Can he do the whole movie like that? Please:)

  • Shardae Jobson
    Shardae Jobson 6 months ago +2

    I love that 7:56 was kept. I noticed it the first time I watched the movie. It felt realistic to how joyous the scene was and getting caught in the moment.

  • Lilly Rey
    Lilly Rey 6 months ago

    I'm with James Herrington. More segments on Notes on a scene for older movies please!

  • Sarah Leone
    Sarah Leone 6 months ago +1

    I love Grease 😭❤️❤️👏🏼👏🏼

  • Doug Blackman
    Doug Blackman 6 months ago +82

    I read that Olivia newton John hates smoking. I wonder if that was a real cigarette or a fake one she was using.

    • Tilly
      Tilly 26 days ago +7

      it could be a herbal cigarette, they don't contain any tobacco or nicotine.

    • pepperminterica
      pepperminterica Month ago +4

      I think it's a fake one, I heard for movies and on set productions there's like fake cigs that still smoke but don't have any nicotine, but I could be entirely wrong lol

  • Kyler Polson
    Kyler Polson 6 months ago +37

    "So it was determined...." wow his tone when he said that.

  • Elrich Gomes
    Elrich Gomes 6 months ago

    Did he even do anything

  • Jojo JN
    Jojo JN 6 months ago +15

    Have him do the whole movie! :D

  • Shamus Tameus
    Shamus Tameus 6 months ago +2

    His commitment to continuity is mush appreciated

  • Lorenza Covini
    Lorenza Covini 6 months ago +2

    Still in love with this great Movie 😍

  • Be Beautiful 101 :
    Be Beautiful 101 : 6 months ago +4

    This is still my favorite film of all time

  • Meggy Peggy
    Meggy Peggy 6 months ago

    I did not understand much of this but I thoroughly enjoyed it

  • Laurence Noble
    Laurence Noble 6 months ago +413

    Not that he's bitter about the close up in the shake shack being cut or anything...

    • jelly
      jelly 6 months ago +12

      Laurence Noble lmfao yeah he probably could've mentioned it more

  • westie kid
    westie kid 6 months ago +20


  • Michelle Eaton
    Michelle Eaton 6 months ago +72

    This “Notes on a Scene” series is excellent! And I absolutely love this episode. It’s completely fascinating... and actually adds to the magic of this film. ❤️ I would love to go to a “Grease” singalong at The Hollywood Bowl. I will be looking for the next opportunity.

  • Deano Beano
    Deano Beano 6 months ago

    I love this

  • Bruno'sBaBySquirrel
    Bruno'sBaBySquirrel 6 months ago +996

    Why are the most iconic things never planned?

    • Christian Mazerolle
      Christian Mazerolle 12 days ago +1

      +Nikki Mirhosseyni Yep, which is why we're now in the age of INSTANT social media. And well, youtube. Where we watch people be themselves. Most of the time anyway haha, but yeah that's what it's about now. Anything with a script and people go nuts lmao.

    • Nikki Mirhosseyni
      Nikki Mirhosseyni Month ago +6

      It's because they don't get hung up overthinking. Our impulses are usually the best.

      COLD GAZELLE Month ago +3

      my theory for this is that one: when it's planned it's mostly by the director but when they are improvising it's all heads together, two: it's easier to think what to do when the actors are in the situation of the scene and you can visually plan in the head and improvise

    • Zoya Haque
      Zoya Haque 6 months ago +16

      Fun fact: the river scene in willy Wonka and the chocolate factory was also improv. The only people outside of the film crew and such that knew about the shot was Gene

  • Wolff
    Wolff 6 months ago +7

    I noticed at the end of the movie, this part, that Danny was wearing opposite colors than his crew

  • Sa Villian
    Sa Villian 6 months ago +166

    I would watch him explain the entire movie like this! So interesting and learning experience

  • Ellie Rush
    Ellie Rush 6 months ago +7

    what an awesome video. Grease has and always will be my favourite movie so it was so fascinating to hear him explain how it all came together!

  • Hailey Wilson
    Hailey Wilson 6 months ago

    Cheap asset temperature vbqgftw beef smart involvement category OK uncle.

  • Molly Meissner
    Molly Meissner 6 months ago

    i hâte these phones. I was just singing this song in my head

  • Claire
    Claire 6 months ago +21

    But the pink ladies are dressed like Sandy would normally be?

  • Martha Linnea Pukallus
    Martha Linnea Pukallus 6 months ago +17

    Wow, I never would've guessed that it was all made up on the set!

  • Frederatormusic
    Frederatormusic 6 months ago

    Could you get Alexandre Desplat on here?

  • Shanoriya Robinson
    Shanoriya Robinson 6 months ago +9

    Did you personally see the vision of no black people in this movie🤔

    • Creative Cloud
      Creative Cloud 18 days ago

      Are you okay, should we get help?

    • R a c h e l
      R a c h e l 6 months ago +1

      musicaltheatergeek79 I think it’s great to show the films as how they were during the time. I completely agree with you !! Things weren’t always as accepting as they are now and I think it’s great to highlight and inform younger generations of that.

    • musicaltheatergeek79
      musicaltheatergeek79 6 months ago +9

      *R a c h e l* I think many young people today probably watched Disney TV remakes of ANNIE and THE MUSIC MAN, for example, that tried to be diverse in the late '90s/early 2000s by including a multiracial cast despite the fact that the stories take place specifically in 1933 and 1912, respectively. In 1999's ANNIE, by casting Grace with a black actress, they made her and Daddy Warbucks an interracial couple, which would've been unthinkable during the Depression, especially for a high-profile billionaire in the USA.
      I'm all for diversity in our modern society, but I think it's irresponsible to portray the past as highly diverse and happy-go-lucky. For one, it erases our segregated past. And two, it gives youngsters the wrong impression that everything was hunky-dory and all the races intermingled. Color-blind casting is a very common practice in the theater, where it's easier to suspend disbelief, but, I'm afraid, it doesn't often translate well on the screen, big or small, where realism is expected... unless it's a fantasy film. For instance, I had no issues with 1997's CINDERELLA remake, starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, where the races are all over the place, because that story takes place in a magical fairyland where anything goes!
      One last thing, in the '50s, minorities (e.g. blacks, Latinos, Asians) were a very small section of society; the vast majority of Americans (about 85%) were white. It's only until fairly recently that the minority numbers have risen greatly, and that's why minorities are rightly expecting more representation in the media.

    • R a c h e l
      R a c h e l 6 months ago +12

      Sadly it hasn’t always been as accepted as it is in 2018 ! This film was based around the 50’s :)

    • musicaltheatergeek79
      musicaltheatergeek79 6 months ago +30

      There were black extras in the high school and dance sequences. Stop applying 2018 sensibilities to the 1950s. Sheesh.

  • Mandy Razon
    Mandy Razon 6 months ago +9

    I’ve watched this movie since I was little I love this movie soooo much I went to see the 40th anniversary in theaters and it was sooo amazing

  • djsjjsdjndd sjsjsjiwiwirusjksls

    7:54 lmao i thought i was the only one who noticed they kinda messed up there and didn’t mesh with the song