Cole Soul

Cole Soul reflects on a life of taking the road less traveled. As he has for decades with his music, musician Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. Director Steve Weiss was passionate about Brad’s story and how it often parallels our lives as filmmakers. This documentary explores Brad’s experiences, hopes, dreams, pain, and sorrow to discover how they shaped his music over the years.

I’m wandering through the desert of life going from one oasis of inspiration to the next. And as much as I think I am on a path, it’s the wandering, it’s the oasis, its the people and my addiction to music that has allowed inspiration to find me, and then let me spin it back to the universe. – Brad Cole

This film resonates with all artists as a story about embracing that which drives us and allowing our passion to form our lives, redeem our mistakes, and carve a path into our future. In making Cole Soul we allowed ourselves to be inspired by Brad’s story. All the energy Brad brings to his music, we as filmmakers bring to telling a story on film. It is our hope that this chain of passion and artistry resonates with you, our film community, and inspires you to take the road less traveled – it makes all the difference.

I think the film address the realities of doing what you love, of how if you are engaged, fears turn into ideas, ideas turn into work, work into answers, and hopefully joy is a result. My story happens to be about following my passion for music and making it my livelihood , but its really about anyone who is trying to make what they love, their life. – Brad Cole

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Director/Producer: Steve Weiss
DP/Producer: Jens Bogehegn
Editor/Producer: Chase Kubasiak
Music by: Brad Cole
Assistant Camera Operators: Ryan Marshall, Austin Neff
Assistant Editor: Ryan Marshall


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16 Responses to “Cole Soul”

  1. Rachel Kenton on July 6th, 2016 1:27 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Tell us what you think about Cole Soul! – Rachel, Z-Team

  2. Guy McLoughlin on July 11th, 2016 4:10 pm

    Nicely done!

    …Seeing that many of us here are gear-heads, what was this film shot with ?

  3. Rachel Kenton on July 11th, 2016 4:12 pm
    Rachel Mahrle

    Thanks for asking! This is from our DP, Jens Bogehegn

    “When shooting documentaries I like an ENG style lens for precise motorized zoom control. You’ve got to know when to zoom in when the emotion builds. I’m using the Canon C300 MII with a Canon ENG Zoom lens 17-120 T2.95. It was nice to get a little bit more shallow DOF if I wanted it. But beyond that, nothing has changed. It’s all about lighting, framing, motivation and movement. It’s about the story.”

    We also used iPhones and Canon C100’s.

  4. Pete Stoll on July 11th, 2016 9:21 pm

    Really outstanding work – great inspiration! I’m new to Brad’s music but like it very much. I think this very honest presentation makes this compelling to watch. I really like the lighting, and I like his narration throughout.

  5. Steve Weiss on July 12th, 2016 1:00 am

    Good question Guy, the interview was shot on a c300 MK2 with the canon ENG 12-120, the music videos were shot on C100’s and some DSLR MK2’s. The interesting part is that we didn’t have a lot of time with Brad so all of the city shots were shot with iPhone’s and we made to look like super8 out of necessity. In Chicago you need permits to even begin to take a camera out on a city street or sidewalk, let alone a church. So with iPhones we could go out and get the moments we needed on short order and not have to deal with cops since we didn’t look like a real crew. I preferred the super8 look to the 1080 30 from the iPhone so it was one of those decisions that forced us to be creative on how to get the shot. Also the shots in the Hideout bar needed to be stealth took, so same plan with iPhones.

  6. Harry Rabin on July 12th, 2016 8:36 am

    Very soulful film, and excellently crafted work of art Steve and Jens!

  7. Stuart Van Dorn on July 12th, 2016 8:48 am

    I had lunch with Steve once who said, “I sell all this gear and equipment but dude, it’s all about the f’n story. I need a story and I don’t give a sh*t what you shoot it on. Focus on the story.”
    Cole Soul is an excellent story with music about an artist. Now to have Steve shoot one about a model, in black and white and naked.

  8. Steve Weiss on July 12th, 2016 9:17 am

    Stuart, In our last piece, the short documentary “Light & Shadow” we talked about how telling a story with pictures is actually harder then telling it with motion because you only that the frame to do it in. Actually, I think it was Philip Bloom who said that in the documentary. I’ve done the project you are asking for and here it is:

  9. John on July 12th, 2016 9:21 am

    It’s gorgeous Steve, shot beautifully!!
    “That’s a beautiful thing”!!! 😉
    Great footage in the abandoned brick warehouse/factory! Very cool!

    God the Killing Your Brother; gun violence is so fucking powerful and poignant!

    Incredible from beginning to end!! Love it!

  10. Tuki on July 14th, 2016 2:41 pm

    Beautiful Steve! I loved it. And very happy to see you back in the directing chair and Jens as DP. Great editing, too. Awesome stuff.

  11. Jill on July 14th, 2016 2:42 pm

    Nice work! I especially liked the juxtaposition around 8:15 of him talking about having to be a little fucked up to pursue art while in a church, then the transition to him in black.

    I enjoyed his story- How long did this take to put together?

  12. Pete Stoll on July 14th, 2016 2:44 pm

    Really outstanding work – great inspiration! I’m new to Brad’s music but like it very much. I think this very honest presentation makes this compelling to watch. I really like the lighting, and I like his narration throughout.

  13. Steve Weiss on July 14th, 2016 4:27 pm

    The project took about 6-8 months to complete, it wasn’t a full time project but towards the end it had in excess of 280 hours of total editorial time.

  14. Edi Schneider on July 21st, 2016 4:38 pm

    Absolutely outstanding work !! So well captured emotion of the character. You guys should go back to filming more often !

  15. Steve Weiss on July 21st, 2016 5:47 pm

    I’m trying Edi, I just got out of a meeting to do just that. Make more films. It is my true love.

  16. Joe on July 25th, 2016 4:21 pm

    I especially liked the line Brad Cole said about his brother just before he began singing ” Killing your Brother ” He said, I remember my brother he was COOL before it meant money. I also recognized St Micheal’s and the Old Town Art Fair. Great short film Steve. I enjoyed it. You may have another winner 🙂