“It was a tough year,” said Justin Bieber from the roof of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The epidemic has forced unconventional venues into the arena, and live streams have forced private gatherings to take place এমনকি even on big holidays like New Year’s Eve. With only 280 people in attendance, and nearly as many working to work behind the scenes, challenges continue, including the health and safety of at least not everyone.
With director Michael Ratner (“Justin Bieber: Seasons” and “Justin Bieber: Next Chapter”), “Justin Bieber: Our World” (streaming on Amazon Prime video) provides an intimate view of what it is like to drag an reunion event. Such dimensions, and how Bieber, acting as the executive producer in the document, adapts his life to the new reality.
What did Justin say when he first called to discuss a documentary?
“I’m going to perform on the roof of Beverly Hilton on December 31,” he said. I said there was no venue, but he explained that he was going to lead his team and he had this idea of doing shows when no one was doing shows.
It was an unfortunate time that Justin was in this place in his life – in his growth – and a time when he had to stop this show. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that those who line up so well – in a macro sense, justify growing up in front of the eyes of all of us in this role as a leader and a man and an entertainer, when you’ve seen him close this unique concert.
How did you land in the opening shot as Justin got out of bed, vlogged and talked about his intentions for 2021?
I wanted to lean towards the self-contained piece of film. This big Amazon movie is going and it is so unique, and it opens with some cellphone footage. This is being filmed by Justin himself. I think it’s that spontaneous self-captured motivated, super raw truth in the most authentic form. The spontaneous vibe of making traditional theatrical films died here a bit because you couldn’t go and just get a camera or crew at the drop of a hat. Justin and Haley had to buy it and give us those intimate moments.
There’s a scene where he wakes up and the humidifiers go off, and all the while, you’ve got footage of this incredibly beautiful-shot 30-plus camera concert, and it’s jumping back and forth between the two of them.
I wanted to set the melody in that opening and show intimacy and steaks. 2020 was a year unlike any other year and it brings you back to that moment when we opened that movie.
What would you do differently to make this film different than being a documentary for another concert?
It was about the theme. I think the theme of leadership was a big one, so was the theme of loyalty. We notice the fact that he has been working with the same people for years. I wanted to highlight the teamwork and the dedication that goes into pulling a performance of that dignity.
With a large concert dock themed, you film the last show or two last show on a world tour. You can rehearse that movie in front of a live audience every night, can’t you? It is then filmed a few times and the best moments are cut together.
One chance. This produced roof was a performance at the most bizarre time on stage, and he crushed it.
Whether you’re the biggest Bieber fan in the world, or not at all, you’ve heard his songs, and he’s grown up right before our eyes. Here he is, this happy and healthy person. He’s in the best place, playing all the hits, it’s fun and you’ll see a window into his life. There are a lot of positives in this movie, and I hope people will feel happy.
How did you point to Justin?
I never wanted it to be a job, I wanted it to still be fun because I think you will get the best results with it. I applied the right amount of pressure, but it was his idea – I executed him as well and directed this film.
The more Justin shot, the more I decided to make a big part of the project, and that’s why I think it’s so incredibly authentic. This is why there is this unique film here that is the true window into his life.
You worked on a few projects with him, how did your relationship with Justin develop and what was the most amazing revelation for you?
It’s always a really good feeling when he sends me a video. Our relationship is built on trust. We’ve done a lot of projects together, music-centric and story-centric projects. When you’re working with an artist of Justin’s caliber, you’re there to implement their vision, and I’m here to tell a story and connect with his fans. I think we get better every time we work together.
Do you have any favorite scenes?
“Where are you now?” And the memory of the muscle begins to come. You could say he hasn’t done it in a while, but it’s very iconic. I think it says something bigger, all of this is going to come back to everyone. Justin Bieber’s music is inevitable, you’re going to hear it in a Starbucks and you’re going to hear it everywhere. That is why he resonated with many.