In July’s copy of Vanity Fair magazine, journalist Nancy Griffin spent four days in 1983 on the set of the ‘Thriller’ video. She has written ‘The Thriller Diaries’ in which she comments and reflects on Michael’s talent, his insecurities and loneliness.
Griffin spoke to director John Landis, record executives, Michael’s co-star Ola Ray, choreographers, and others, to illuminate the process of how Michael created something totally revolutionary.
On the back of the record-setting LP of the same name, ‘Thriller’ set a new standard for the new medium of music videos with its unprecedented length, its unheard of budget and its unparalleled wit and dancing. This achievement came at a time when Michael had much to be proud of.
Vincent Patterson, the choreographer, also said that he found Michael childlike, but a creative genius.
To read Nancy Griffin’s whole story, you will have to get a copy of July’s Vanity Fair.