I was talking with Bevlove about her new projects over coffee a few months back. I was on my way out to Los Angeles for an unknown amount of time and suggested we film a video for her out there. She wanted to make a visual for her new track 'Carried Away' before I left. We had worked together in the past when I was with The Right Brothers on videos for Do What I Say & Freaks. Bev's vision for 'Carried Away' was to have her and two or three friends all over town raising hell and having a wild night. As I remember some sort of bank robbery was discussed. I loved all the ideas but my mind was in LA at that point and starting a new project in Detroit seemed impossible. So I said I would think about it.
After a few days I was listening to Carried Away and thinking of what it would look like and how we could make something different. I had just left The Right Brothers and launched The Committee and wanted to explore different film making styles and techniques. I thought "Who films Bev more than Bev?" We met up later that day and I pitched the idea of her filming her own video with a mix of cell phone and cinema footage. It's how a lot of her fans see her on a regular basis. And how a lot of us stay up to date on each others lives, through Instagram. She was into the idea and also down to produce the video.
I always have a nervousness or anxiousness when starting a project. Especially when there's not a script and just ideas. You just have to start shooting and catch a groove with hopes that everything will work out. At some point the vision becomes clear and you know you're on to something. On the first day, when Bev's father Levi pulled up in his El Camino I knew we were going to be ok.
Aurelie McCarus joined on as the co-star and also another DP. It was a fun shoot with Bev's whole family joining the set at some point. It reminded me why I love doing this, creating with friends in a pure collaborative effort.
A few months later after I returned from traveling we both thought the video needed some sort of climax. So Bev invited a bunch of friends up to Sanfords beautiful loft for one more shoot. With the track on repeat, everyone in attendance knew what to do, and exactly where the camera was at all times.
Bevlove is on top of her game. Working with her and seeing her progress as an artist is very inspirational and a beautiful experience.
Created & Produced by
Bevlove & The Committee
Bevlove & Andrew Miller
Director(s) of Photography
Bevlove, Andrew Miller, Aurelie McCarus, Mar Mnz