Scott Lazer

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Scott Lazer is a West Virginia-born, New Orleans-raised, New York City-based filmmaker and creative director. He collaborates with artists and brands across a variety of media including music videos, documentaries, stage design, and advertising.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

I was recently gifted a book of short stories by George Saunders called Tenth of December from my friend Jordan Stone that was a singular reading experience. Some of my all-time favorites though:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor

Most visited blogs, websites?

I wasn’t sure how to answer this because I don’t know what constitutes a blog or website anymore, but I just opened my browser history, and the answer is a resounding GOOGLE.

What apps do you use the most and why?

Google Maps (never Apple Maps)
Instagram (I’m embarrassed to admit)
The New York Times (I try to replace social media perusing with reading news because it seems more productive/worthwhile but maybe it’s not) (I usually sneak in a few 10 min games every day)
Pinterest (for inspiration)
Amazon (the sad part is I live literally one block from a Target in Brooklyn, but I still order household items from Amazon)
Robinhood (About two years ago, I got into investing in the stock market, which this app has turned into a video game)
Orangetheory (my workout of book classes)
Sonos (to set the vibes)

Whats currently on your playlist?

What records would you recommend to hear?

Making Music - Bill Withers
Frances the Mute by The Mars Volta
The Complete Reprise Recordings by Frank Sinatra
Catch A Fire - Bob Marley & The Wailers
Aquemini - OutKast
Rubber Soul by The Beatles
Frank by Amy Winehouse
English Rose by Fleetwood Mac

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
A Star is Born

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Spike Jonze
Billie Eilish
Ian Pons Jewell
David Hockney
Gerhard Richter

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

Succession (best drama on TV right now)
Barry (best comedy on TV right now)
The Righteous Gemstones

Who are you following?


What tools do you use in your work?

Adobe Premiere (I edit most of my films)
Dropbox (best way to share large media files)
Vimeo (best way to share rough cuts privately)
BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (I just bought this camera to film some new personal work)
Fujifilm X100F (I don’t advertise myself as a photographer, but I do enjoy taking photos and editing them, and this is the camera I’ve been using lately)
Adobe Lightroom

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

The New York Times
The New Yorker
The Economist
The Hill
The Guardian
The Hollywood Reporter

What are your favorite gadgets?

Sony WH-1000XM2 wireless noise-cancelling headphones (I don’t go anywhere without them)
Apple AirPods (easily the douchiest thing I own, but I love them)
ANKER PowerCore External Battery (to stay charged up)
Jack Black Face Moisturizer (to stay moisturized)
SEE eyeglasses (with transition lenses so I don’t have to carry two pairs)
Bombas socks (I don’t know what it is about these socks that make them so great, but they’re the best I’ve ever worn)


Scott Lazer


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