Robert Levon Been (B.R.M.C.) acoustic set in Sofia
It seems that July 18th was just a few weeks away - the day Robert Levon Been from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club casually passed through to play in Sofia. In my city. During my favorite summer month, when the sun is blazing and it's hot as hell (difficult conditions for playing or shooting...). Totally surprising and unexpected, hidden among the trees in the park. No officialities, no electricity, no crowds - just those few fans, who found out through social media and came to see him. The perfect atmoshpere for an intimate, uninterrupted acoustic set. And what a set it was - sixteen songs, among which my personal favorite, "Howl", and the beautiful Bulgarian song "Вървят ли двама," which reminds Robert of a Tarantino movie...
I knew the day he announced he's passing through that we have to do something to make it last. For the boys and girls from BRMC Sofia, it was sort of like history was in the writing. We knew everyone will bring their cameras, smartphones, DSLR's and what not to record video of their favorite BRMC songs. It seemed only natural to me to do some kind of a fan-made edit afterwards. Malamir helped spread the word on BRMC Sofia's Facebook group that we will be collecting fan footage. Everyone who wanted to share their recordings was welcome to send it to us and participate. The goal was to have a totally improvised, raw and authentic fan-made film.
Assia made an effort to collect and organise all the footage pouring in from all those enthusiastic people. The first and hardest part of it was to organise the videos by songs, to watch them all and figure out which moments were the best ones to include, and how many songs we were actually going to edit. Most recordings were only parts of songs, others were half the set, some were vertical videos and couldn't make it in, and one was of the entire set (which is the main base for our one-hour long edit). The rest of the task was to make the edit look as homogenic as possible, but also to allow for the spontaneity, defocus and noise, over- and underexposures, lack of sharpness and blur... to keep it all unpretentious and real. I used mostly my 85mm Nikkor to allow for a comfortable distance, and a little bit of Fisheye.
Thanks to everyone who participated, recorded, and sent their footage over. Feel free to spread it and enjoy.