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Sigma, John Newman 'High On You' by Crooked Cynics

Rob Ulitski - 29th June 2020

We all know the story of boy meets girl. But what if lockdown was to get in the way? This is exactly the question directing duo Crooked Cynics ponder in their charming video for Sigma and John Newman.

The video for High On You explores the relationship of two neighbours who live in opposing apartments. While they battle their own lockdown demons - namely clones of themselves, who represent the very best and very worst of our lockdown habits - they also begin to develop a relationship with each other, which starts by laughing about masks and gloves, and turns into something more serious.  

Packed full of fun, laughter and... dancing in the nude, Tom Middleton and Jack Scott - aka Crooked Cynics - deliver a punchy visual to match the upbeat track. It's the lockdown romcom you need in your life right now.  

TOM MIDDLETON (CROOKED CYNICS): 

"This was actually a very personal tale of when Jack went mad in lockdown. Basically he started talking to himself in the mirror, and this all ended with me shouting him down from a roof with police dogs and his terrified mum. He definitely did not bang the girl next door, but hey, we thought this video needed a happy ending…

"Our friends over at Sandstorm Films absolutely smashed the production, especially all under COVID conditions, with the help of the massive pandemic immune motion control robot. It was a dream job following Jack’s sectioning. God rest his soul."

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  • Drum and Bass
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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Crooked Cynics
Producer
Tom Ward
Production Company
Sandstorm Films
Production Manager
Jenny Chapman
1st AD
Peter Morrell

Camera

Director of Photography
Tristian Chenais

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Cam Smith

Wardrobe

Make-up
Katerina Turkareva

Casting

Lead actor
Graham Dickson

Editorial

Editor
Tom Middleton
Editor
Jack Scott

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Marisa Garner
Label
3 Beat

Other credits

Techno Op

Mark Patterson

Studio

Assistant

Runner

Frazer Hopkins

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