Esprit Du Corps, (a phrase that refers to the loyalty felt within a group of outliers) and the lyrical sentiment is around a smoldering feeling of rebellion, of camaraderie against the big guns, it's about the coming together of outliers, of strength in small numbers.
Create a Music Video that captures the heart of this idea...

  • Darren Stokes
  • Stephen Barnes
  • Emma Stokes
    Key Cast
    "Rebel 1"
  • Oscar Stokes
    Key Cast
    "Rebel kid"
  • Darren Stokes
    Key Cast
    "Rebel 2"
  • Stephen Barnes
    Key Cast
    "Italian Rebel"
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Genres:
    Music video, Drama
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 22, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 16.9
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Darren Stokes

This is the first time collaborating with Thousand Yard Stare, but lead singer Stephen Barnes and I have been friends for over 15 years through a mutual love of music and football.

Stephen approached me after enjoying the work I'd done for our fellow friend and musician Carl Mann of The ShopWindow.

An Award-Winning Creative with 20 years of experience in video production. With a passion for editing sizzle reels, music videos, and developing ideas.
From learning my trade as a promo producer, I evolved into a promo editor/producer, and eventually a Creative Head at Sony Pictures TV.
Since 2017 I've looked for different challenges and interesting projects as a freelancer.
Here and now I direct, film, creative direct and edit a variety of projects, from promos and ads to webinars, branding testimonials, and award-winning music videos, all of which you can watch here,

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Director Statement

I lept at being involved in the project. Not only is Barnesy someone I admire a lot, but this song is amazing. The Epic tone of it resonated through me and around me. So the inspiration for this MV wasn't difficult.
My research took in 1984, V for Vendetta, The Verve, and various 90s music videos.
As always I try to interpret the lyrics visually, which in this scenario was to me, completely obvious.
There were plans for a bigger more complex production, but as always budget and time dictate, so we pivoted and ended up with a more basic version of the initial treatment. The heart was still there and you get that sense of Espirit Du Corps nonetheless... ✊🏻