Midnight To Monaco 'One In A Million' by Nicolas Randall & Marc-Edouard Leon
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."
|Production Company||Paul McKee at LOOSE JOINTS|
|Production Company||Ranch Hand Entertainment|
|Executive Producer||Jona Ward|
|Executive Producer||Peter Williams|
|Executive Producer||Paul McKee|
|Director of Photography||Starr Whitesides|
|1st AC||Tobin Oldach|
|Post Producer||Kiana Bicoy|
|Production designer||Spencer Graves|
|2nd AC||Mark Daniel Quintos|
|Casting director||Joanna de Moyer|
|Post production company||The Mill|
|Other credits||Set 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|
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