On The Cusp, Longlist - Music Video

James Blake, Say What You Will

Bear Damen


James Blake, Jameela Jamil and Bear Damen got their mind and created this film all in all from the conception of a treatment until completion of post-production in less than 2 weeks, with the help of Couscous producing. However, despite the swiftness in execution, it was a subject that they all felt naturally connected to, being that comparison is the thief of joy. As an artist, you tend to compare yourself a bit too much nowadays, especially with the dawn of the digital age and social media, as it can become a source of toxicity in the process of inspiration. Hence, creating these comedic moments where comparison falls flat, provoking empathy, humor and nostalgia as a form of slight funny critic of our current age, was an organic approach and a necessary one.. All that of course with a striking performance from James Blake and Finneas, which kept the beauty of a mastered performance in center of the frame.

After successfully running a record label for five years, Bear now aims his focus on directing music videos, narrative short films, and branded content across Europe and North America. His first production with Couscous, a video for Benny Sing’s “Not Enough,” was recently selected at Raindance Film Festival, D&AD Shortist, and won best Music Video at the Dallas Film Festival along with many other wins and listings. Recently, Bear worked on Ares, an eight-episode original thriller series for Netflix, where he creatively assisted as a 2nd Unit Director and script supervisor. He is currently prepping a short film, writing on a feature project, and shooting music videos, commercials and other short form content.