Check out David Higgs’ Director’s Cut for his latest music video ‘Is This Love’ by Bob Marley featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier. Shot in the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, ‘This Is Love’ is an uplifting coming of age story, following the journey of a young man’s first encounter with love during the construction of the Olympic Stadium.
“It was an interesting moment to be in Brazil while there was a political coup happening. During our time there president Dilma was impeached by her vice president and the opposition party because she had begun investigating them for fraud, so the atmosphere felt quite unstable.
The plan was always to keep an open mind and let the narrative be influenced by what we encounterd there. The Olympic construction site was always part of the treatment but when we recce’d it our fixer showed us a favela called Vila Autodromo that was being systematically demolished to make way for the new development. Most of the homes had been destroyed already, with the residents relocated much further out of the city. But there were a few remaining buildings with their owners protesting and refusing to leave. It was quite a contrast seeing this with the backdrop of the new Olympic stadiums so we decided to feed it in to the narrative.
Our first attempt to shoot was rained off and we had to re-shedule for the following weekend 10 days later. By the time we went back to shoot at Vila Autodromo it was no longer there, the last few remaining houses having been demolished and the rubble cleared. Fortunately between the two fairly unsuccessful attempts to shoot there we managed to get what we needed.
Big thanks to the amazing Brazilian cast and crew.”
– David Higgs