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18 February 2021

Birthday

by Syd Briscoe


For Those I Love: “Birthday” - 5 mins 56s

This striking promo for Dublin artist David Balfe's 'Birthday' is a testament to loss, sketched in the dusty dregs of memories both barely recalled and still so painful. 'For Those I Love' is the artist's solo project, whose debut album was conceived and created following the untimely death of a close friend. As such, it's no surprise that grief is writ large across the hazy, monochrome visuals here.

Director Sam Davis uses the unique technique of photogrammetry to great effect throughout, stitching thousands of photos together produce 3D models of places and people no longer in existence. The half-decayed result stands sharply against the singer's visceral lyrics, as he recalls the first time he encountered the reality of death at a young age. A mix of brutal and tender which will resonate deeply for those who have loved and lost.


Commissioner: Theo Lalic
Colourist: Thomas Mangham @ The Mill Ⓟ Ⓦ

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