Where are you based and how did you first get into this line of work?
We’re based in Montpellier, in the south of France.
Gabriel was a rapper for 6 years, performed nearly 300 concerts before he became a full-time director. Hugo began as a graphic designer, was then an art director before transitioning to video. He launched his first production company 10 years ago.
How did you come up with the BOUCAN #1 – Sweet drift project?
In French, Boucan means excessive noise, ruckus, racket.
We wanted to develop a personal project in our home town, on the Mediterranean Coast; capturing raw, aesthetic images of the landscapes, and telling the stories of people there that might contradict societal norms but thrive on passion, living on their own terms.
We were looking for a subject with a very strong visual potential and were interested in a documentary approach. We wanted to experiment, free of any commission limitation.
The pilot episode ‘Sweet Drift’ is a portrait of Jennifer. Narrated by her mother’s uninhibited voice-over, the film is a window into Jennifer’s world as a young woman, and a daughter, seemingly born to do one thing: drifting.
What gear/cameras did you use and why? What are your essentials?
We used a Sony A7SII with Leika R Lenses. We usually use Arri Alexa or RED but we needed a cheaper solution for this self-produced project. All is shot in natural light with minimal gear.
Did you plan out the story structure from the beginning or did it come out in post?
The initial idea was to develop more of the documentary aspect and build the context of the story in a longer introduction and then continue with the music which was created specifically for this film.