Let’s Get Lost -
Questions to a great artist, photographer, and director of films and music videos, who finds inspiration in the beautiful and simple things that make him happy.
DD: It seems obvious black & white makes people, places, dogs and even palm trees look beautiful, elegant and mysterious, but still tell us why you prefer this technique?
Bruce Weber: I like color as well, it’s a choice for the moment and your subject, color vs. black and white. Sometimes this choice evokes personal feelings about a subject.
DD: Your promotional campaigns for brands such as American Living and Ralph Lauren are in colour, is this a different experience for you and do you consider using it more often in your personal film projects in the future?
BW: No, all my work comes under one headline: “personal.”
DD: Was your photography always inspired by cinema and your films inspired by photographic images? How did the transition from photo to film take place?
BW: When I first started making films and to this day, I’m always taking photos throughout the filming. Yes, my photographs are inspired by films- but mostly by their contents, their dramatic actions, and their light. Books also are a big inspiration for my photographs as well as the photographs my father once took of our family. Anyway, I want to make films not only as a filmmaker, but as a photographer.
DD: How did you feel at Cannes for the Let’s Get Lost 20th anniversary?
BW: The fact that Let’s Get Lost after 20 years was invited to Cannes as a classic was a thrilling moment for me, Nan and the crew who worked on it so long ago. But also, the most thanks goes to Chet, himself!
DD: Tell us about your love of dogs/ the message behind A Letter to True ? How did the “Original True Store” project go?
BW: I always wanted to make a dog movie, and I just happened to have my star in my own backyard. A Letter to True was more to me than just a film about dogs- it also had an anti-war theme and what could be more perfect than animal behavior to demonstrate that idea?
DD: Which music artists do you admire and would enjoy shooting music videos for? What music do you listen to at home or at work?One question everybody at the magazine wants to know the answer to: was shooting the “Being Boring” music video with The Pet Shop Boys as fun as it looks?
BW: Yes, Neal and Chris from The Pet Shop Boys gave everyone a lot of freedom. They have a deep sincere trust in you that you’ll be on top form for them. So you don’t have another choice or excuse. As far as working on other videos, if a musician comes along without the creative handcuffs on- than me and my gang are open. But why take something so magical as music and make it have a formula for success. I listen to music from Algiers, Doris Day’s Love Album, the new Broadway soundtrack from “South Pacific” and anything by Marvin Gaye or Chet Baker.
DD: What are your secret and lesser known sources of inspiration? (Besides fashion, cinema, music, dogs).
BW: Tomorrow is another day, so I can’t answer that question today.
DD: What are your current projects? What happened to Weberbilt?BW: I’m still making my clothes called “Weberbilt” in our garage in Golden Beach, Fl. and I’m working on 4 short films about New York City ( I already shot my 2nd one) and I’m photographing my three new puppies: Dream, River and Kodiak. They keep us all pretty busy.
DD: What fascinates you?
BW: It fascinates me that you have questions to ask me. So many people aren’t interested in anyone else but themselves. I try not to make my life boring- and keep interested in what fascinates others, especially my dogs.
Eva Lindemann, Team Little Bear Inc, Gilles Sebbah to Wild Side.
Copyright Bruce Weber
Directed by Bruce Weber
Produced by Bruce Weber
Written by Bruce Weber
Starring Chet Baker
Distributed by Little Bear