Luke Bather - 13th July 2016

Nicolas Randall & Marc-Edouard Leon deliver a night-crawling, sleazy and heartbreakingly bleak video for Midnight to Monaco. 

Tackling the subject of male prostitution in 80s LA was never going to be pretty, and this video makes every scenario seem sinister and cold. Nobody genuinely smiles, there's no passion in anything seen here and the neon lights of cheap motels illuminate a world cast under Hollywood's shadow with a sickly glow - beautifully shot, it must be said, by DoP Starr Whitesides. 

It's not an easy watch, but it's certainly a rewarding one - with Midnight To Monaco's Ricky Ducati convincing in the lead role as the wannabe actor turned hustler. The bookending of the video with a VHS scene adds a sinister, voyeuristic element to a story where the young and the pretty try and thrive and quickly find themselves becoming obsolete. 

NICOLAS RANDALL & MARC-EDOUARD LEON:

"The concept of this came from our fascination with an era when Los Angeles was so rife with male prostitution that several blocks of Hollywood were known as Hustle City. We met with real hustlers in order to portray their world with realism and even cast one of them, Christopher Bobal, to appear in the video."

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorNicolas Randall
DirectorMarc-Edouard Leon
ProducerJona Ward
ProducerMatt Bobbitt
Production CompanyPaul McKee at LOOSE JOINTS
Production CompanyRanch Hand Entertainment
Executive ProducerJona Ward
Executive ProducerPeter Williams
Executive ProducerPaul McKee
Director of PhotographyStarr Whitesides
1st ACTobin Oldach
Post ProducerKiana Bicoy
ColouristGregory Reese
Production designerSpencer Graves
StylistMichelle Laine
Make-upJacque Piotrowski
HairJill Zegarski
2nd ACMark Daniel Quintos
EditorKyle Valenta
Casting directorJoanna de Moyer
Post production companyThe Mill
EditorCami Starkman
Other creditsSet Dresser: Leah Borrie, Joe Fastiggi Stylist Assistant: Katya Nenchyna-Sussman Makeup Assistant: Jordan Mitchell 1st AD: Erik Mateo 2nd AD: Nandy McClean DIT: Jon-Michael Burgess Gaffer: David Graves Best Boy: Halsey Corbin, Mike Viera Electric: Joel Sutherland Grip: James O'Connor Best Boy: Joseph Cordova Production Supervisor: Rachel Ottenstein  Asst. Production Supervisor: Sam Tiger Production Support: Lucia Dompnier, Julius Fletcher, Alec Schiff, Steve Hulse, Zachariah Groll, Striker Ross, Victor Hernandez, Steven Andrew, Garcia, Alissa Aiton Finishing: Scott Johnson Sound Design: Matthew Rogers Cast: Ricky Ducati & Donnie Sloan (Midnight to Monaco). Motel Manager: Johnny Robish. Female Clients: Bobbi Ward, Susie Carla, Veronica Bloom, and Brenda Marie Davies Male Clients: Christopher Bobal and Mel Kohl Motel Runaway: Diane Rosser Motel Pimp: Tate Simms  Hustlers: Niko the Ikon, Lewis Kane, Mike Gamms, and Jules Gonzalez Streetwalker: Lindsey Gordon Waiter: Sam Tiger

Luke Bather - 13th July 2016

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