4. "Scream" (1995)
Though director Mark Romanek disputes "Scream"'s legacy as the most expensive video ever made, this dystopic, playful spaceship dance-off between Michael and sister Janet was no fly-by-night affair, totalling $7 million. "We couldn't go to the 'spaceship location'… so we had to build one," says Romanek. "We were only given two weeks to design and construct a dozen pretty large-scale sets. The only way to get it done was to throw manpower and lumber and money at the problem." The result is stark yet sumptuous, based on Romanek's love of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Jean Cocteau's novel Les Enfants Terrible, a story of two siblings playing games in isolation.
Mark Romanek, director: [Michael and Janet] obviously had a deep affection and love for one another and were very excited to finally dance together on camera for the first time. There was some very healthy and good-natured sibling rivalry going on there in that scene.
I was surprised by how normal, likable, and approachable he was. I spent a good deal of time with him in his trailer and between takes just talking about hobbies and movies and various random topics. He was very charming, in that he seemed genuinely interested in what I had to say and my opinions about things.
It was the experience of being that close to him when he moved that's stuck with me the most. It seemed like a magic trick, like your eyes were deceiving you.