Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles
Billie Eilish will celebrate the release of her forthcoming album in style with a tribute concert to her hometown- “Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles.”
It is filmed at the Hollywood Bowl and accompanied by the L.A. Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. It is airing on 3rd September 2021 On Disney Plus.
It is directed by Robert Rodriguez and Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne this special will also include animated elements which will take viewers on a dreamlike journey through the hometown of Billie Eilish in Los Angeles and the most iconic backdrops.
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“Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” features Billie’s brother and musical collaborator Finneas, along with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Brazilian guitarist, Romero Lubambo, with orchestra arrangements by David Campbell.
It was produced by Interscope Films and Darkroom Productions, in association with Nexus Studios and Aron Levine Productions, with Kerry Asmussen as the Live Concert director and Pablo Berron as Director of Photography.
About the Concert Film
Billie Eilish’s fans can enjoy her latest album has received a unique cinematic concert experience.
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It features a special intimate performance of the album Happier than Ever with each song being performed in sequential order at the famous Bollywood Bowl.
Between tracks, the special will also include animated elements, some iconic Los Angeles backdrops, and providing a dreamlike tour through Billie’s hometown.
In the opening moments, we find Billie Eilish alone in a recording studio. She approaches an old-school mic and takes a breath, taking out a defeated sigh breath.
It is not quite Eilish but an animated version of her, still in the uniform-silk blouse, creepers, platinum blond locks which is much defined for her. Exiting the studio, the animated version jumps into a silver Porsche 550 Spyder and sets out on a self-guided tour of the City of the Angels.
Across town, the real Eilish begins her run from front to back run to her second studio album, July’s Happier than Ever, from a crowd-less Bollywood Bowl. In her opening track, “Getting Older” she sings “Things I enjoyed it just keeps me employed now.” which clears explains her less hopeful alter ego.
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Over the next hour, she performs the album with few special guests: her producer and her brother, Finneas, who acts as usual between the roles as a backup vocalist, keyboardist, and guitarist; Andrew Marshall, the siblings' go-to drummer; the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel; the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), with which Eilish sang growing up; and Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo.
The concert experience is not entirely covered in 66 minutes, it doesn’t pretend to have been shot in one uninterrupted stretch. (The product is a multi-day shoot.) The orchestra appears and disappears; we jump from moonlight to daylight and back again at one point.
On the other point, the siblings have suddenly relocated to the opposite end of the amphitheater. In the classic fashion of Rodriguez, all these stops are pulled out to bring joy to the tried-and-true format of this concert. Drone shots, rapid-fire editing, and intimate close-ups, and even the odd black and white sequence.
The variety here befits an album that takes a similarly unpredictable, even messy approach to its subject matter: recovering from a small reservoir of traumas.
As being the most jazz and influenced project ever yet, several tracks from “Happier than Ever” reach their full potential accompanied by a live orchestra.
“Therefore, I am” magnifies the background strings on the studio recording before practically applying them on the used-to-be synths. “GOLDWING” is performed with LACC since Eilish was first introduced to the hymn undergirding the track as a member of the choir.
This film, like the album, represents her as the new generation which is sort of, crooning her way through numbers about social media and 30 under 30 lists.
Billie Eilish while on stage she mentions that it is such a thrill to be able to do this in my hometown. A place where that made me what I am and I think that I took it for granted.
Though the film “love letter” which is mentioned in the title this concept is self-explanatory, it seems that this is homecoming, literally in a figurative way over how she freaked out on her last tour which got complicated can guess.
The Los Angeles of the album is the setting for having strangers appear on her doorstep (Getting Older), forced to meet her lovers under a fictional name (Billie Bossa Nova), being chased and gathering information thoroughly by the members of the press (Overheated), having her life threatened by a stalker (NDA) and being anxious over someone who keeps her calling drunk behind the stage. (Happier than Ever)
In the film, it might be read as Eilish repenting her sin of falling out with the place of her raising and attempting to learning again from her painful experiences that tested her relationships in the past.
Her animated self is a chance to do that in a more physical sense, if still technically virtually. Cruising through her own Porsche, she travels along the coast, and even through Hollywood, past historical landmarks like the Roosevelt hotel and the Palladium. The star is perhaps coming to the terms with how a given place can once be magical and haunted.
Though she has a long history of turning things into animation into different projects, this instance shows real-life with a welcome fantastical quality. It becomes more and more clear throughout the film that she and her avatar share the universe.
In due course, animated Billie suddenly wanders right into the amphitheater, locking eyes, with the one performing the title track, still in its deceptively in the first half.
The two Billies share the moment not meant to be eligible to the rest of us, and then one takes a seat in front of the other- the only audience member who might matter here as all.
“Disney is incredibly iconic, so to collaborate on something like this is a huge honor”, said Billie Eilish. “To be able to present my album in this way and dedicate it to the city that I love to grow up in is so exciting to me. I hope you love it.”
Robert Rodriguez said that we are all admirers of Billie and Finneas here in our household. They are such impressive, world-class talents that it’s a real honor to work with them on this film. The way the narrative story and animated pieces weave through her incredible concert performance makes this a truly unique and spectacular event.
“Billie has captivated fans around the world with her soulful voice and raw honest lyrics, and we are proud to bring this incredibly cinematic concert experience to Disney Plus”, said Mitchell Paull, President of Disney plus and ESPN plus.
Gary Marsh, President, and Chief Creative Officer, Disney branded Television said: “Billie’s music evolution, coupled with her singular version in crafting this special, establishes her as one of this generation’s premier artists and storytellers. She delivers a concert experience like no other.
Sharing Her Personal Life
Billie Eilish knows when she speaks the whole world is listening and sometimes it's not ideal.
The pop star at 19, got candid with her relationship with the rapper Stormzy on social media in an interview after he said he stepped away at all.
She has 90.4 million followers on Instagram, said that she feels torn after her relationship, whether she should take a responsibility to trust her audience of sharing her life as some of them might looking for her support.
She said “I feel conflicted about it. I don’t want to always tell the world intimate details about my life. I don’t want people to know everything about me, but what I do want is that people be able to be seen and heard what if the same things they have experienced just like me.”
“I want to be helpful. I want people to realize that it’s ok that everyone goes through this. You can speak for people who don’t have a voice.”
“But it’s also conflicting that sometimes you don’t want to talk about it. It’s a tough responsibility because it’s also not my responsibility. I don’t owe anything.”
Though she may not welcome the attention, all eyes are on Eilish following the release of her highly anticipated second album Happier than Ever in July.
While Eilish said that there are some aspects of the internet she enjoys, like memes, she’s still figuring out especially it becomes harder and harder to make it clear of reading about herself.
She added, “No matter what you do, I can’t avoid myself. I’m everywhere. I’m sorry for all the people who hate me because they can’t avoid me either”. “ But I don’t want to read about Billie Eilish doing this or that from someone who doesn’t know about me. Like please- I want to make music.”
“Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles” is streaming on Disney Plus and Disney Plus Hotstar for Indian subscribers.