Michael Jackson’s 1983 music video Thriller has become the first music video to be inducted in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress of the United States, taking its place alongside original copies of classic films, TV and other recordings that have been determined as important American filmed moments. The music video shows Michael Jackson being transformed into a zombie, witnessed by date partner Ola Ray. The coordinator of the National Film Registry Preservation Board, Steve Leggitt, commented on why “Thriller” was chosen. “Because of the way the recording industry is evolving and changing, we thought it would be good to go back to the development of an earlier seismic shift, which was the development of the music video”, he stated.
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Filming was shot by director/co-writer/producer John Landis, writer/producer/choreographer Michael Jackson, with director of photography Robert Paynter, producer/editor George Folsey Jr, production manager Dan Allingham, first assistant director David Sosna, editor Malcolm Campbell, art director Charles Hughes, choreographer Michael Peters, prosthetics/make up artist Rick Baker, costume designers Kelly Kimball & Deborah Nadoolman Landis. The video includes music by film composer Elmer Bernstein.
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