Maybe it was 3am. Maybe it was 4am — I can’t remember. But one night in late April, Matt Paley and I were standing at the edge of a pool in Brentwood, steeling ourselves against an improbably cold California rain and dreary temperatures, looking down at Purity Ring‘s Megan James waist deep in the freezing water, covered in black tentacles and slime, a bed floating along behind her, directors Ben and Alex Brewer in their wetsuits at her side, vibrating from the cold and their ninety-ninth cup of black coffee, and we knew everything had quietly (shooting all night — under the radar — in Los Angeles necessitates absolute silence, in case you’re wondering) come together. It was a perfect, delirious moment of filmmaking.
“Belispeak” — the new EP and video from Purity Ring, directed by BREWER and produced by STE — has been released and we could not be prouder of it. The madness of the all-night shoot translated into hauntingly beautiful images by Jackson Hunt. A video with a concept so ambitious everyone involved in the project, from our rugged and committed crew to our patient and generous patrons (the lovely Nancy Ritter and the infinitely kind Julie Hoffman and Tim Wickman of Canyon Ranch), granted us favor upon favor and committed to making this work come to life. And two directors so insanely dedicated to their vision that we haven’t seen them more than twenty feet from an editing timeline in weeks.
The video — our first conceived and produced in Los Angeles — marks STE’s expansion to the best coast. We couldn’t be happier with this monster of a project.