Bas is a Muslim rapper that immigrated to Queens New York from Sudan
31st December 2019 by Will Stewart
MadeGood – Please give me some background on yourself as a film maker, and how you got into making films. Is this a typical example of your work?
Scott Perry – I started a music blog my junior year of college. I found that one way to separate my website from the pack was to start making original video content for my site. Interviews, music videos, etc. I bought a Canon 7D with the money I was making valeting cars while I was at school in Boston. It all kind of grew from there. I spent my days and nights learning how to operate a camera, watching YouTube videos and learning from friends who were in film school. I would take the Bolt Bus from Boston to NYC on a weekday nights, shoot a concert or two, then take a 3 AM bus back to school to make it in time for class. I moved to NYC after college and continued to make videos for my blog while I was working at an entry level job MTV. After that I worked at Myspace (lol) as a video producer and then eventually spent five years at The FADER, serving most recently as Creative Director of the video department.
A high percentage of my work is documentary story-telling with musicians, so I’d confidently say this film is a good representation of my work.
MadeGood – How did you come to know about Bas, and what made you want to make a film about him?
Scott Perry – Working at a music publication like The FADER, you’re inundated with new music on a daily basis. Bas was someone I had come across by simply just working in that office and being around the talented writers who work there. To be honest, the film was originally a commercial commissioned for Beats by Dre. If you look at the opening scene, you can see him wearing some Beats headphones around his neck. They are the ones who selected Bas as the talent. It ended up working out because Bas has such an interesting story. Because of some variables outside of our control, the spot ended up getting killed. I liked the film too much to just have it die, so a few months later myself and editor Dylan Edwards took a crack and making a shortened version of the original piece.
MadeGood – I see you worked with a DP, an editor, and also the sound design is really great. Please tell me a bit about your creative process working with your team, and how you found them.
Scott Perry – I think the more films you make, you start to find crew that you connect with on a creative level. The DP, Patrick Golan, is someone who I’ve worked with on numerous projects. He’s one of the most talented DPs I know. When you shoot doc-style videos like this, you need a DP who is agile but also has a strong cinematic eye. Patrick is the perfect combination. The same traits apply for the rest of the crew on this shoot, Frances Capell (producer), Dylan Edwards (editor) and Nikolay Antonov (sound designer).
MadeGood – I see that you are a New York based filmmaker. Is it your hometown, or are you an immigrant like Bas? It must have been a lot of fun to make a film like this in a place that you must know so well.
Scott Perry – When I was younger I grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I moved out to the suburbs in Connecticut when I was a little older, about 45 minutes outside the city. I’ve grown up in or around NYC my entire life.
MadeGood – What are you working on next?
Scott Perry – I’m working on a bunch of directors cuts for some commercial projects I’ve directed in the past couple of months. I’m excited to be directing a music video and a short film before the year is over, which are both things I haven’t done in a while.