If you thought that Frank Ocean’s new stream of someone (presumably Ocean) drilling, sawing, and building something was just a simple point-and-shoot operation, you thought wrong. The slowly shifting angles—straight on the work bench or wide shot with the Tom Sachs installation—are allegedly the work of director Francisco Soriano, he claimed on Instagram.
Soriano Gram’d—and then deleted—an image of the stream and wrote in the caption: “Video art project I directed is up and running.” Luckily, Twitter user D Stacks keeps receipts.
Soriano has collaborated with Ocean in the past on the video for “Lost,” Fader points out. The video was lauded for giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the normally very private life of Ocean. This is something that Soriano has also done on his Instagram through pictures of the singer.
It appears the director has traversed the world of Ocean and has some great shots of him out and about and with other notable figures, like here with Rick Rubin.
Soriano seems to have a talent for capturing a candid Ocean.
It also seems possible that the artist worked with Ocean on visuals for a performance he did at BMW.
Soriano also seems to be close with Kanye West, or at least his creative director Virgil Abloh. The director posted multiple images of him backstage at the rapper’s Yeezus tour during its run.
In addition to working with Ocean (and potentially West), Soriano has also directed videos for Duck Sauce and K’Naan, according to his IMVDB page.
Hilariously, people are coming for the director in the comments of his Instagram, which has become a place for impatient Ocean fans to vent their frustrations.
We still don’t have the album, but at least we’re one step closer to understanding what’s going on behind-the-scenes thanks to Soriano’s Gram-and-delete.