David Dobkin Directs Maroon 5's "Middle Ground"


Robert Goldrich
Friday, May. 26, 2023


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Directed by David Dobkin of RSA and Black Dog Films, this Maroon 5 music video, “Middle Ground,” features lead singer and rhythm guitarist Adam Levine, the band and their families recording the reflective acoustic song at a country house and adjacent barn.

Dobkin deployed a softly lit, observational style to convey the kinship of the day.

“When Adam first sent me the song, I told him we couldn’t put imagery to it. The lyrics are too good,” Dobkin recounted. “But then we kept talking and borrowed a page from Exile On Main Street, and decided to take a documentary-like approach and film the song being recorded at a house in the country...including the families hanging out. I’ve known Adam for over 20 years and the work together is always special to me. It’s been a great run!” 

“Middle Ground” is Dobkin’s sixth video for Maroon 5. He also directed the viral smash “Sugar,” the video featuring the band crashing weddings all over the city as the wedding band, which amassed over 3.8 billion views. More recently, Dobkin directed “Girls Like You” featuring Cardi B and packed with female celebs, everyone from Ellen to Millie Bobby Brown, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Behati Prinsloo and many more.  


Client Maroon 5, Interscope Production Company Black Dog Films David Dobkin, director; Jeff Pantaleo, Molly Bohas, Megan Dobkin, exec producers; Melissa Larsen, producer; Giles Dunning, DP;  Christian Zollenkopf, production designer. Editorial Bill Yukich, editor. Color Company 3 Stefan Sonnenfeld, colorist

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