Camera Music visits Basia Bulat in Paris
by AUX staff
March 31, 2010
I hadn’t been to Paris in something like 6 years and I didn’t really go there with the intention of shooting Camera Music – in fact, I was a little bit afraid to shoot it there. My show obviously springboards from Vincent Moon and La Blogotheque and I felt like an intruder running around on those streets with my camera. When we filmed Heart of My Own in front of the St. Ambroise cathedral on Rue Voltaire I thought, “for sure somebody is gonna come up to me and call me a poseur!” But then I think people realize that what the Take Away Shows have initialized is an entirely new form of music video and obviously there are a ridiculous number of people now doing some variation on this concept that they started. My hope is that Camera Music rethinks the format a bit and takes it to a new cinematic place. That’s my goal anyways…that’s what I’m trying to do.
Anyways…Basia and I had talked about doing Camera Music for a little while and I knew that I wanted her for the second season but I put it off and put it off because I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted the second season to be…but I knew that it had to be different from season one and different from all the other “live music in unconventional venues” series that were popping up online. I decided to take a month-long trip to Paris as a vacation from the manic end of 2009 that I had had and concentrate on writing a film script that I had buzzing around in my head but no mental space in Toronto to concentrate on it. Then I realized that Basia was going to be in Paris at the same time I was there, doing publicity and playing a couple of shows. So okay…why not just shoot the in Paris? She had played a show at La Maroquinerie and we met up the following day. We didn’t have a tonne of shooting time, but we somehow managed to get enough music to fill an entire episode with just Basia alone. Her soaring voice received compliments from the balconies of the surrounding apartment buildings and my anxiety about being an intruder in Take Away Town lifted.
A bit of a cheat – The Shore was filmed in Toronto…don’t tell.