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Foals 'Black Bull' by Niall O'Brien

David Knight - 8th Aug 2019

Presented with a searingly powerful Foals song called Black Bull, Niall O'Brien does not shy away from keeping it uncomplicated - and taking this project by the horns.

On the one hand there's a breathtakingly rampant band performance; on the other there is the breathtakingly fearsome bull. O'Brien devotes his energies to a wonderful execution of both elements.

Foals' performance has layers of cinematic quality - and one 35mm performance, shot by Paul Özgür, dovetails with authentic concert footage - both shot at their recent show in Kingston.

Meanwhile, the awesome black bull prowls a bullring, wearing a garland - never looking more than a few short steps from the camera, its black horns glistening under lights, its movement captured in slow motion. The contrast with the performance footage is intense, yet they complement each other so well - brought together in a consummate edit by Matt Berardi.

Beautiful and thrilling, the video is an object lesson in keeping it straightforward, and knocking it out the park.    

 

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Credits

Production/Creative

Director
Niall O'Brien
Producer
Production Company
Furlined
Executive Producer
Olly Chapman

Camera

Director of Photography
Paul Özgür
Focus Puller
Simon Lakos

Art

Art Director
Krystal Donyes

Editorial

Editor
Matt Berardi
Editing company
Cartel Editorial

Grading

Colourist
Aubrey Woodiwiss
Colour grade company
Carbon

Agent

Director's Representation

Commission

Commissioner
Jennifer Ivory
Label
Warner

Other credits

CAM OP (UK)

SAMUEL SMITH

CAM OP (UK)

NIC VENETTACCI

DIT (UK)

NICK ALLSOP

GROOMER (UK)

WENDY TURNER

COLOUR PRODUCER

MATTHEW MCMANUS

EDIT PRODUCER

BRADY FIERO

EDIT EXEC. PRODUCER

LAUREN BLEIWEISS

HEAD OF PRODUCTION

MEAGEN CARROLL

U.S. SERVICE COMPANY PRODUCER

JORDAN VERNES

U.S. SERVICE COMPANY EXEC. PRODUCER

KATHLEEN HEFFERNAN

U.S. SERVICE COMPANY

OPERATOR

David Knight - 8th Aug 2019

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