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Bullet For My Valentine 'Venom' by Stuart Birchall

Cat Velez - 19th Oct 2015

Stuart Birchall follows up his video for Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine's You Want A Battle? (Here's A War) with this sequel for the song Venom, in which the atmosphere is suitably poisonous.

The first video told a story of domestic abuse, which culminated in a violent man's wife and daughter setting him on fire as an act of revenge. The mystery of whether or not he was killed is only somewhat resolved in Venom, as the mother and her daughter linger about their dark, empty house warily, haunted by the man's malevolent and vengeful spirit – intercut with the band's intense performance. 

 

STUART BIRCHALL:

"Working with Bullet is a real pleasure, it is important for me to connect with the artist, their music and establish trust creatively. After our first video I was very keen to continue the journey of the characters we established in taking the narrative in a fresh direction. The band and management were behind this 100%. 

"We discussed taking a more cerebral tone with a darker subtext. Maeve O Connell (DOP) and myself wanted to take the cinematography in a different direction stylistically, and the cast were all very keen to continue the story and journey we had started together. We hope this video takes people back to enjoy part one, If You Want A Battle, Here's A War – and of course I left room for a finale!"

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Stuart Birchall
Producer
Jamie Whymark
Production Company
Executive Producer
Nathan Killham
1st AD
Niall Coffey

Camera

Director of Photography
Maeve O’connell
Focus Puller
Dan Alexander

Lighting/Grip

Gaffer
Hugh Donnelly

Art

Art Director
Amelia Johnson

Wardrobe

Wardrobe
Ruby Elkins
Make-up
Evie Kelleher
Make-up
Claire Addicott

Editorial

Editor
Stuart Birchall

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Ryan Richards

Other credits

Production Assistant

James Cross

Camera Operator

Rob Wilton

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