Michael LeBlanc's first effort as a standalone director following the end of his directing partnership with Scott Cudmore came out a few months ago. Shot in Romania, with camerawork by LeBlanc …
Wintersleep 'Spirit' by Michael LeBlanc
Michael LeBlanc's huge ensemble dance video for Wintersleep sees a man search for a break from loneliness in a place so many do: the bingo hall.
Set in a small Canadian town seemingly at the end of the world, we follow an isolated man as he dances his way through Twin Peaks-style surreality both inside and outside. Impressive large-scale shots of a populated street and a bizarre golden dance routine in a local bingo hall make the video visually intriguing. Not to mention the great big foreboding moon in the sky at the start of the clip.
"We shot this video in one day, working with non-dancers in Schomberg, a small town in Ontario Canada. I wanted to show a portrait of someone dealing with isolation. The main characters' world reflects a mirror of his internal life. It’s about escapism and finding freedom during a breakdown.
"I needed a technique for the dance that could visually work with the dancers. So we slowed the song down and shot at a lower frame rate which enabled them to hit all the beats together."
|Director of Photography||Michael Leblanc|
|Director's Representation||Lock It In|
|Production Coordinator||Shada Morris|
|1st AD||Matt Hotson|
|3rd AD||Christiana Herbert|
|1st AC||David Nguyen|
|2nd AC||Ivan Gonzalez|
|Casting director||Van Echeverri|
|Key Grip||Tony Ranieri|
|Production designer||Sarah Castle|
|Choreography||Christina De La Cruz|
|Other credits||Stylist: Muska Zurmati Stylist Assist: Yama Zurmati PA: Shawn Robertson 4th AD: Daniel Horowitz Ronin Op: Scott Watson|
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