It began as a way for musician Jesse Carmichael to acquaint himself with a new medium–filmmaking. With three Grammy Awards and top singles like “Moves Like Jagger” to the band’s credit, the Maroon 5 keyboards and guitar player has been leaning toward film scoring and decided short subjects might provide an avenue in. With that in mind, he founded 2 Minute Movies (2MM) in early 2019, a collective of filmmakers and artists making shorts with the only stipulation being they not exceed two minutes in length.
“Being interested in film in general, meeting cinematographers, editing and shooting myself, I love films all around and wanted to kind of learn every aspect of it,” Carmichael explains to Art & Object.
His latest is a collaboration with Australian artist Paul Davies. In it, Davies paints one of his signature acrylic portraits of a mid-century modern house surrounded by tall palms, an image derived from stencils cut from his photos. The soundtrack features a loop of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham playing a solo and a voice saying, “Man, I ain’t believin’ that shit about Bonham’s one-hour drum solos, man. I mean one hour of drums, you couldn’t handle that shit on strong acid, man.”
“Jesse was around the studio filming and I said I don't think much is going to happen while you're filming,” says Davies recalling the days before the pandemic when the footage was shot. “There's not much visual stimulation, but looking back, you're playing around with paint and color and it’s very intuitive.”