Wintersleep 'Spirit' by Michael 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.

From the director

MICHAEL LEBLANC:

"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."

Credits

Director
Michael Leblanc
Director of Photography
Michael Leblanc
Producer
Nicole Powell
VFX
Jake Owens
Director's Representation
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Editor
Daniel Bochenski
Colourist
Clint Homuth
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
Gaffer
Ryan Hernandez
Swing
Rohan Painter
Production designer
Sarah Castle
Choreographer
Addy Chan
Choreography
Christina De La Cruz
Stylist
Muska Zurmati
Stylist Assist
Yama Zurmati
PA
Shawn Robertson
4th AD
Daniel Horowitz
Ronin Op
Scott Watson

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