The biggest conversation piece online yesterday was the long trailer for Cloud Atlas, the adaptation of David Mitchell‘s novel co-written and co-directed by an unlikely trio: Tom Tykwer, and Andy and Lana Wachowski.

Along with the trailer came something we linked yesterday, but which is worth highlighting in its own right: a video introduction from the three writer/directors, in which they explain their attraction to the material and the difficulty they had in getting it made.

For those who’ve paid attention to the career of the Wachowskis, this is a pretty notable thing, as the siblings are notoriously camera-shy. There are very few video interviews with them; and this is the first video featuring them to be released in many years. (The last one I remember hit around the time of the debut of The Matrix, in ’99.) That makes it worth a look right there.

I love that video, because their excitement for the film really comes through, even as the jumbled editing tries to underline the difficulty inherent in adapting a novel built out of six interconnected stories that cross genre lines and span a centuries-long timeline.

And if you missed the Cloud Atlas trailer, you can find it here, where I also attempt to explain how a lot of the seemingly disparate footage fits together in that nearly six-minute first look.

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