From Los Angeles, California, Scott Lazer creates a masterful composition of the simple tones of Fayetteville, North Carolina contrasted against the complex lyrics of artist J.Cole in his music video, Everybody Dies. You can read more about Scott Lazer below.
What is your connection to the South?
I grew up in New Orleans and Charlotte. I’m a Southern boy through and through.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
A man in an old pickup truck was circling the block where we were filming, presumably because he was curious about what was going on. Eventually I stopped him and asked if we could shoot in his truck, and he happily obliged.
How did you start making films?
I always had an interest in the arts and filmmaking, but it wasn’t until my mentor in college, Dena Seidel (a documentary filmmaker/editor), took me under her wing, taught me how to edit, and encouraged me to pursue a career in filmmaking.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Cole is very famous, especially in his hometown of Fayetteville, NC (where we shot this video), so some takes were messed up due to fans pulling up on us while we were filming.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I’m always eager to learn more about the various creative movements happening in the South, so I am excited to watch the other films, take in the culture, and meet other creative people.
Why should someone see your film?
Because they want to.