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Porcelain Raft 'The Way Out' by Michael Lawrence

Jimmy Brown - 27th Aug 2013

Michael Lawrence says it took weeks of pestering to shoot his video for Porcelain Raft's The Way Out at the Mademoiselle Folie Bergere strip club in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. It was worth it.

It nails the creepy atmosphere of a place where it's always night, even in the middle of the day, when there is just one punter and one poledancer in the whole place. Michael achieved the video in a single moving shot, and in a five-hour window before the club got back to real business. Time enough to tell an evolving narrative where some bad stuff happens...

MICHAEL LAWRENCE

"The first time I heard the track, immediately this image came to my mind of this desolate, lost, vacant place.

"Growing up in Buffalo, there are so many empty lots, small businesses that you don’t know are in operation or just a mere shell of what they used to be. I was curious who might work at one of these places, what kind of dodgy operation might be going on.

"These two characters needed to be isolated in this fringe world. They’re alone and it’s equally sad for both of them".

Jimmy Brown - 27th Aug 2013

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Michael Lawrence
Producer
Ashleigh Curry
Producer
Michael Lawrence
1st AD
Aaron Duncan

Camera

Director of Photography
Kiel Milligan
Steadicam
Ali Kurshid

Wardrobe

Stylist
Ashley Ernst

Casting

Lead actor
Julie Campanella
Lead actor
Rocco LaPenna

Grading

Colourist
Jaime O'Bradovich
Grading company
CO3

Commission

Commissioner
Ilya Zinger
Label
Secretly Canadian

Misc

Post
Michael Lawrence
Production Services
Paradoxal Inc
Associate Producer
Aaron Gordon
Production Assistant
Neil Maciejewski
Production Assistant
Mo Maciejewski
Location Manager
Scott Whippie
Special Thanks
Marieta Blaskova
Special Thanks
Ben Disinger
Special Thanks
Nick Adcock
Special Thanks
David Kruta
Special Thanks
Kelly Thomas

Jimmy Brown - 27th Aug 2013

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