01. Icarus’s Fall
Icarus's Fall is a visual poem shot exclusively on Super 8, which is the personification of the fall from glory that Black men often experience in society. The story of Icarus is one that mirrors the experience of the Black man in America. As he grows he is told to soar to the lofty heights of society but often finds himself a bit too close to the sun and ultimately his success becomes his own downfall. This internal turmoil is represented with a heavy contrast of waiting for the perfect time and dancing in the golden light of his desired glory.
The ultimate desire of this project was to showcase how delicate Black men are under the hard exterior they often portray. This is expressed in the soft hand of the fabric and finishes worn by the dancer after his period of self reflection. The grand scale of the location speaks to the stage that life is performed on for society's approval.
02. Feeling Smooth with Ilia Isorelýs Paulino
Our goal for this hyper-visual mini film is to showcase our talent’s outgoing and unique personality through the elevated lens of Bustle x European Wax Center. Throughout this film we’ll be focusing on what makes Ilia feel like her best, most confident self so she can be the best version of herself for those who might not be used to seeing body representation on the big screen. We’ll do this by allowing Ilia to muse, in her own words, on what she would put on her “feel great list”, a list of everything she does in her daily life to be her best self.
Director, Writer, Creative Producer: Kandice Chavous
Talent: Ilia Isorelýs Paulino
Director of Cinematography: Marshall Steif
Video Editor: Jeff Striker
Set Design: Kelly Foundry
Hairstylist: Brain Banks
Makeup Artist: Nathalie Allen
Wardrobe Stylist: Shameelah Hick
03. Luxe Is In The Details
In our visually captivating content primed for social, we’ll meet Ashlynn Park as she reflects on the finer points of her journey and how each element contributes to her ongoing success. A mix of extreme close ups highlighting the detail of her craft, paired with creative portraits and match cuts of the Genesis EV GV70 will comprise our visual language. Alongside the Genesis EV GV70, we’ll thematically tie Ashlynn’s design philosophy to the design features of the vehicle, drawing parallels to highlight that luxe is often found in the details.
Director, Creative Producer: Kandice Chavous
Director of Photography: Steven Mastorelli
Talent: Ashlynn Park
Video Editor: Cian Smith
Hairstylist: Jenny Kim
Makeup Artist: Dan Duran
04. Square x Elite Daily
Director, Photographer: Kandice Chavous
Director of Cinematography: Luc Ung
Talent: Natlia Spotts
Video Editor: Kandice Chavous
Hairstylist: Virginia Gamez
Makeup Artist: Shannon Rodriguez
Wardrobe Stylist: Brownie Brown
Stills Filmstock: Kodak Ultramax 400
the beginning of something, such as an emotion or thought to be stirred, what a thing to aspire for.
Director, Cinematography, Editor: Kandice Chavous
Creative Director, Co-Director: Jake Howell
Talent: Emma H. Azari & Zya Taylor at Ford Models
Filmstock: Kodak Tri-x
06. Sands of Time
Beauty is a fickle ideology that passes and changes with time progress is slow and often reverted when challenged. This super 8 film essay is an exploration of the passing of time and the inevitable deterioration of the physical state. Each symbol represents the cycle of growth, depletion and regeneration.
The spoken poem was written from a guided prompt given to an Artificial Intelligence program, which was taught beauty through the gaze of a human programer and left subjected to the internet. The moving capture was done fully with movie film to add in layers of texture and nostalgia often associated with things passed.
Director, Cinematographer, Editor: Kandice Chavous
Talent: Christian Paris Blue
Filmstock, Kodak Vision 50D