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Nick Leng 'Morning/Midnight' by Josh Sondock

David Knight - 13th Apr 2022

Josh Sondock has directed an ingenious video for US singer-songwriter Nick Leng that dissembles the process of making a video - indeed the whole idea of image-creation - in one bravura continuous take.

It's a bit more complicated than that. Sondock's video for Leng's Morning/Midnight is a film with a Russian Doll structure - or perhaps reverse Russian Doll. Several performances of the track by Leng come together, layered on top of each other. We move outward from a performance that is revealed to be on a monitor, which is then part of a scene which includes Leng performing... and that is revealed to be a take, on a screen. We move out, and also back in, thorugh the increasing number of layers...

Sondock has described this as "a one-take music video in which a musician makes a one-take music video in which a musician makes a one-take music video in which a musician makes a one-take music video..." And so on. That is exactly what it is - but, conversely, that does not quite do it justice.

This has the rare quality of being a brilliant concept, which is quickly evident. But there is a uncharted end point, somewhere ahead, which keeps you hooked. Furthermore this idea has tremendous resonance - especially but not exclusively for filmmakers - meditating on the almost ludicrous ubiquity of screens in daily life.

Perhaps most crucially of all, this is all about a great (and quite complicated) idea, executed well, and with great clarity. An exercise in smart creativity that makes it one of the most satisfying watches of the year so far.

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David Knight - 13th Apr 2022

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  • Performance
  • Singer-songwriter
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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Josh Sondock
Producer
Leon Derriey
Production Company
Service Company
LFR Productions
Executive Producer
Nathan Killham
Production Coordinator
Matt McCann
Production Assistants
Xavier Veal & Amel Puric
Location
Don Shapira

Camera

Director of Photography
Andrea Gavazzi
1st AC
Tom Fenaille
2nd AC
Oliver Finley

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
John Izaparte
Grip
David Persaud

Art

Production designer
Brad Bailey

Grading

Colourist
Aubrey Woodiwiss

Agent

Director's Representation

Misc

DIT
Alex Barratt
Set Dresser
Cyrus Howlett

David Knight - 13th Apr 2022

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