“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” — Winston Churchill
Any art form can be measured universally by one criteria, impact. No matter what manner of medium, the longevity of art can be gauged by the lasting impact it has on others. Although art can achieve a certain level of impact through mass media and promotion, without substance and meaning, it is destined to fade away.
Having dabbled in drawing, graphic design, music composition, creative writing, photography and videography (all without the benefit of mass media promotion), "creativity" is my lifeblood. Everything I do, or have done, is in pursuit of artistic expression.
Filmmaking encompasses all of these disciplines — from sketching out storyboards on paper, designing motion graphics, drafting a narrative, scoring a sequence to composing a frame, lighting a scene or editing for hours. Filmmaking, as an army of one, has been the most challenging, frustrating and satisfying experience of my creative life. Therefore, Bryan Davis Ltd represents the sum of my skills.
True stories about life are always the most compelling. Works of fiction inspire the imagination, but real events teach us more about the human condition and what humanity is truly capable of — both good and bad.
Capturing and preserving special events is where I got started as a Videographer. After many weddings, corporate events, profiles, etc — always working to please the client — the desire to tell stories that interested me kept growing. It finally got to the point where nothing else mattered, And my "side projects" soon became my main focus.
Fortuitous timing launched a spontaneous documentary short in 2021, when I discovered that Inner Ear Studio in Arlington, Virginia, was closing its doors. This legendary recording studio that had captured the soundtrack of my youth, Hardcore Punk, was soon to be the victim of misguided county planning (to level their building).
Before 40 years of DMV music history was stripped from its walls, I came with camera in hand to preserve it "as it was" and interview its owner and mentor, Don Zientara, on its enduring legacy. 10,000+ views and counting on Youtube, this doc short was the springboard for other such shorts and docuseries — many already in the works.
PAST IS PROLOGUE
"The more things change, the more they stay the same"
— Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
The benefit of hindsight is that you have a better understanding of something when looking back on it more objectively. Documentaries, when done well, not only represent a (hopefully) factual historical record, but can elevate the art of storytelling with different perspectives on the same subject. They can also be revisited many times in the future to get a sense of how a particular era compares to the present. The world may be how we perceive it individually. But a shared understanding can enrich and enlighten that perception. What is true usually remains true. But the conversation continues.
Photo: Eric Seltzer
“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder."
“Being an artist means not having to avert one's eyes.”
"If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story."