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...


"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".


DirectorMichael Lawrence
Director of PhotographyKiel Milligan
SteadicamAli Kurshid
1st ADAaron Duncan
ProducerAshleigh Curry
ProducerMichael Lawrence
PostMichael Lawrence
ColouristJaime O'Bradovich
Grading companyCO3
Production ServicesParadoxal Inc
Associate ProducerAaron Gordon
StylistAshley Ernst
Production AssistantNeil Maciejewski
Production AssistantMo Maciejewski
Location ManagerScott Whippie
Lead actorJulie Campanella
Lead actorRocco LaPenna
Special ThanksMarieta Blaskova
Special ThanksBen Disinger
Special ThanksNick Adcock
Special ThanksDavid Kruta
Special ThanksKelly Thomas
LabelSecretly Canadian
CommissionerIlya Zinger

Jimmy Brown - 27th Aug 2013

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