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.    

PRO Credits

Credits

EditorMatt Berardi
DirectorNiall O'Brien
Production CompanyFurlined
Executive ProducerOlly Chapman
Director of PhotographyPaul Özgür
Focus PullerSimon Lakos
Art DirectorKrystal Donyes
ProducerAndrew Rawson
Editing companyCartel Editorial
ColouristAubrey Woodiwiss
Grading companyCarbon
VFXUntold Studios
CommissionerJennifer Ivory
LabelWarner
Other creditsCAM 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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