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The Weeknd 'Is There Someone Else?' by Cliqua

Rob Ulitski - 10th Jan 2023

The Weeknd is trapped in an emotional purgatory, in the Cliqua-directed promo for Is There Someone Else. 

Drenched in 1980s movie influences, the wonderfully cinematic video sees the artist reliving a memory of a time spent with a mysterious love interest, visualised through sultry choreography and an enigmatic, abstract concept. 

Exploring the idea of voyeurism - and taking its stylistic lead from archetypal Eighties fare by Brian DePalma and Adrian Lyne - the use of a masked version of The Weeknd suggests a doppelganger watching from afar, trapped in a loop of paranoia as he stares through a telescope. 

Diving into surrealist fantasy scenes towards the end, it's another tour de force of creativity, that builds upon the Dawn FM era, with a contemporary film noir-style edge.

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Rob Ulitski - 10th Jan 2023

Tags

  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Cinematic
  • Paranoid
  • enigmatic
  • Abstract
  • Surreal
  • Performance
  • Eighties

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Cliqua
Producer
Roisin Audrey Moloney
Production Company
Executive Producer
Tim Nash
Executive Producer
Whitney Jackson
1st AD
Josh Montes

Camera

Director of Photography
Nick Bupp
Focus Puller
Felipe Larrondo
2nd AC
Vinnie Bredemus

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Michael Garcia
Key Grip
Greg Karamov

Art

Production designer
Luke Carr
Art Director
Marc Benacerraf

Choreography

Choreographer
Erin Murray

Casting

Casting director
Espirit Casting

Editorial

Editor
Antonio Gomez-pan
Editing company
Final Cut

Commission

Label
Xo

Rob Ulitski - 10th Jan 2023

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