Artist Spotlight: Kevin Bodin

“Voilà voilà, c’est finalement fini!”

Who knew we were so big in France? Paris filmmaker Kevin Bodin is the most recent Barclay Trophy winner for his superb video, “Les Cours Des Lycées” by Saez. So let’s meet him.

Tell us about yourself.

I am Kevin Bodin. I have been an independent video maker for five years.

I studied video editing. I am fond of music and cinema, since my youngest age. I am a self-taught director. I come from the South of France but I have been living in Paris for seven years now.

Are you a professional?

I am doing my best to be as professional as possible! My particularity is to be versatile and to hold several positions during the making of my movies.

A small crew accompanies me on a few projects that require artificial lights or big labour. But I am by myself most of the time from the writing of the screenplay to the post-production. It is obsessional, I like to keep a tight rein on my work from start to finish.

What gear do you use?

I generally shoot with a Panasonic GH5 and fixed focal-length lenses. I like light equipment. I usually do the editing on DaVinci Resolve.

We get videos from all over the planet, and it seems as if troubled, sullen teens are universal. Are music videos an effective forum for experiencing the lives of people from different cultures?

Uneasiness is universal, and I think cinema and video play an essential part to change things in depths… Or at least to better understand the world around us… Or simply to feel less lonely.

Can you share some of your notes on the production of “Les Cours Des Lycées” in terms of theme and narrative?

I have very few notes. I prepare a lot beforehand and then I improvise a lot during the shooting.

What sort of feeling were you hoping to evoke?

Melancholia is the feeling that inspires me the most… The dark side of things… It represents a part of the truth of the existence. A part into which I like to look deeper… I also want to denounce and defend in my movies. I like to make other people feel the emotions that I feel myself every day. It gives me the impression that I am sharing a little bit of myself, of my way to communicate.

Do you have any near-future production projects or plans?

Yes! Surprise! Two radically different clips! One will be out in September and the other should be out in November.

Kevin was kind enough to send us some of his other video creations. And we look forward to much more!

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