When I first picked up a camera, I started capturing people in a specific moment, I loved it, I still do. Through photography I learned to really enjoy and comprehend the art of storytelling. Over the past 4 months I’ve documented Jon Bellion, Blaque Keyz, Bernard Julien, Travis Mendes, Mylon Hayde, Joe Scuccimarri, Andre Lyles and George Benavides, all rehearsing for their first show in NYC on December 19th at SOB’s. The show sold out. During each rehearsal I studied their body language and the relationships between them, both of which helped me document their journey leading up to the show.
The process was a challenge for everyone involved, late nights going over the set-list, leaving the rehearsal studio at 2 am to catch the train for their 9-5, even missing the gym and having to work-out while rehearsing (Jon and Travis). A few of the songs were difficult to learn to play live but once they got in the groove there was an organic flow of creative energy. Each band member has a story to tell, in this documentary I tapped into each one. You’ll learn their individual stories and discover the immense respect they have for each other as masters of their dedicated crafts.
To help film the actual show, I enlisted the assistance of Stan Chan and Cali Prince, meeting them during the rehearsal process. Instead of starting to shoot, I asked that we first spend time simply watching and studying the band member’s interactions. As rehearsal progressed I pointed out details and moments I wanted captured. Taking this extra time to learn the movements and mannerisms of the band turned out to be invaluable while filming the concert.
This group of guys are not just band members, they’re a family, and I am extremely inspired to work with such talented individuals. Being a part of this project has also made me a better filmmaker. We are Beautiful Mind!