Devi Brulé is a film and commercial director known for her visual sophistication and use of sensory detail to stir emotion and desire. Raised on a secluded island in Washington, her childhood was steeped in nature — now a rich inspiration for her work. Her style is often characterized by an intimate aesthetic, revealing a detailed fascination with texture and human touch, and a reverence for small wonders — light, breath, the purity of the natural world.
Her film Euphoria won coveted Best in Show and Gold Davey Awards, as well as festival honors for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and an Audience Choice Award. Devi has directed for Calvin Klein, Olay, Burt's Bees, Unilever, Nestle and Walmart, among others. She also directed a branded series starring Ashton Kutcher and featuring Jason Bateman, Kim Kardashian and Gary Busey. She is most at home out in the elements, capturing wild landscapes and foreign terrains on a quest for the ethereal.
My Goal of the Day: Connect with inspiration, focus on the good, and learn something that will contribute to my growth, my relationships, or my creative voice.
My Thought of the Day: I am the observer. I am not my passing thoughts and fears.
My Action of the Day: Keep my attitude positive/helpful, and do something in support of a long-term vision of beauty and wholeness – for myself and for the world.
My Deed of the Day: Bring a smile to someone’s face, offer a compliment, or make someone feel really listened to.
My Tip of the Day: Intentionally look for positive aspects. You get what you continually look for and expect, and your focus winds up ruling your days – and ultimately, your direction in life.
My Pic of the Day:
What do you love most about Your City?
Los Angeles is crazy-ambitious, full of people taking creative action and collaborating. People here dream of greatness, and in spite of all the hurdles, they’re still striving to achieve their dream. So many, many people have their dreams crushed out of them, or let them go because time passes or they have kids and somehow “it just isn’t reasonable.” So quickly we become downtrodden, or fail to see any creative way to pursue a calling. Continually honoring your inner vision is a tremendous feat, especially when it can take a couple decades or more to bear meaningful fruit. L.A. has so much tenacity, and I really respect that.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Recently I’ve discovered the ease and luxury of poached eggs at home. My boyfriend has figured out a few tricks and is becoming quite the chef. I’m also a big fan of waffles with berries and cream, but let’s be real, that’s not a regular occurrence... Notably, I try to relax while eating, and set aside other activities so I’m more present at the table.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM: Alarm – tea – meditate. Walk, or sit and appreciate the birds with tea slowly warming my insides. It’s so important for me to set my attitude first thing in the morning. It’s the difference between a mediocre day of overwhelm, and a patient day of productivity and ease. Plus if my mind isn’t in a good state, it affects those around me. So especially for leading a team, it’s paramount to set my mind on the right track.
10:00 AM: Depending on the phase of production, I may be writing a pitch, writing a commercial treatment, making a lookbook, in a casting session, location scouting, directing on set, editing footage, reviewing audio, meeting with collaborators, talking with my manager, or reading a script. This is what I love about being in film/advertising and working freelance – there’s so much variety.
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Sitting next to someone I love, pretty much anywhere. Village Bakery in Atwater is great – it’s a true bakery so you can pick up a loaf of sourdough, too. Alcove Café has a nice atmosphere and big patio, and I love being outside so I have a lot of meetings there. I tend to eat a very late breakfast, so lunch often slides into the afternoon or combines with dinner.
7:00 PM: Usually still churning – editing, color correction, emails, submitting a new cut of a commercial. Sometimes there’s a special screening or industry workshop. More often I go for a walk around sunset/dusk to reinvigorate and connect with myself. When I’m not under deadline, I may start to wind down and watch a movie. That’s usually later though. I dream of one day accomplishing everything for the day by 7pm and I’m asleep by 9:30 – Adult Ambitions.
11:00 PM: I hope to be asleep by now. Often I’m finishing a movie or binge-watching a series. Or discussing historical geo-politics and the future of humanity with my Mensa boyfriend.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I’m very much a tea enthusiast. Black tea first thing in the morning. Followed by green tea or more black. I must have decaf options, though; being highly caffeinated doesn’t quite go with my zen ambitions. Usually mint or nettle tea in the afternoon. And water!
What should everyone try at least once?
Active Curiosity. Intentionally try on someone else’s perspective, particularly with something that irritates you or feels utterly foreign. This could be simply asking genuine questions in conversation, and really using your imagination. It could be reading something you suspect will go against your model of the world. This is really about genuine curiosity. Most people know their opinion and are sticking to it, but it’s a lack of curiosity that kills businesses, relationships, and unfortunately now our planet. Authentic curiosity is a reviver of empathy and life.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I’m fascinated with @stayandwander. Talk about composition… I’m easily seduced by nature, and especially love unique landscapes and weaving the natural world into my work. Stay & Wander has a way of also including something human in the frame, and their images look like they’re right out of a wild, elegant commercial. I love that.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In the forest, definitely – especially on the island where I grew up. Also in a great film or book. On Pinterest when I’m building a visual treatment. And in tunnels of video essays deconstructing filmic/storytelling technique.
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devibrule