David Knight - 7th Feb 2020

The final epic track on Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2, Foals' second album of 2019, is the basis for a symbolic, impressionistic vision by the band's close friend David East. 

Shot primarily against the 'white walls of England' on the shores of Botany Bay in Dorset - and filmed the day after the UK general election in December last year - the video for Neptune is a series of long takes of various elements curated by East and Foals' frontman Yannis Philippakis, to highlight the crescendo of not only the song but the entire album.

With lengthy slow-motion shots on or around the beach of galloping horses, walls of fire and glistening waterfalls - and abstract artefacts from the digital world - this has the quality of an art piece, to be appreciated and deciphered in a gallery. Like the music video equivalent of 'slow TV' this is an experience to be savoured.

DAVID EAST:

Yannis and I spoke about creating visuals that would emulate the emotional experience of listening to the track.

"When the band came to me about making a video for this song, I knew we would have to do something different. A ten-minute music video isn't an easy task.

"Yannis and I spoke at great lengths about creating visuals that would emulate the emotional experience of listening to the track. The song has this drawn-out climb and almost spiritual quality to it.

"I always pictured this film as a piece of contemporary art, as if it could be shown in an art gallery, where people sit on the floor and it immediately evoking emotion. We didn't want it to have lots of cuts, we wanted it to be different to the usual music video and have these long takes that put you in that world."

RYAN MORGAN:

“Shooting this film, the morning after the General Election on a freezing cold English beach definitely added a layer of depth to the whole occasion. There were a lot of gloomy looking faces on the beach that morning and Yannis’s lyrics really resonated with each take. Filming horses running across the beach, releasing ravens and doves, lighting a 20 ft fire wall and unleashing a 20 ft waterfall provided an excellent remedy to these social aches and pains.

"We are thrilled with the finished product and really hope people can experience it in full. A massive congrats to Dave East on realising his vision and thanks again to Foals for entrusting us with the last song on the album.”

PRO Credits

Credits

DirectorDavid East
ProducerRyan Morgan
Executive ProducerCampbell Beaton
Production ManagerBeatrice Guistini
1st ADRaymond Okudzeto,
1st ADTiernan Hanby
Director of PhotographyThomas Hole
Focus PullerOliver Munks
2nd ACDanny Uzman, Felix Wildey
2nd ACFelix Wildey
GafferPaul Burns
EditorDavid East
ColouristSimon Bourne
Grading companyFramestore
Post ProducerChris Anthony
VFXPablo Vera
LabelWarner Brothers
Other creditsPRODUCTION ASSISTANT: Emma Stevens Broyd QUAD BIKE: Rich Cornelius, James Herring FX SUPERVISOR: Nigel Swift DIT: Moses Jeremiah RUNNERS: Alice Carlet, David Burridge, Simon Dawson, Johnny Rodriguez Perez, Ela Kotze HORSE HANDLERS: Carly Brown, Zana Cousins Greenwood, Karl Green, Pete Saunders, Freddy Steele, Barbara DOVE HANDLER: Emma Phills RAVEN HANDLERS: Daisy Bessant, Shannon Mcaleer, Graham Bessant VET: Rachel Homeny VFX PRODUCER: Alexia Paterson VFX PRODUCER: Christopher Gray ADDITIONAL VISUAL EFFECTS: StrangeLove Studios, Cape Town - Charmaine Greyling, Xander Van Der Cast: Sulay Kelly, Hannah Bilverstone

David Knight - 7th Feb 2020

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