Paul McCartney Directs His Own 'My Valentine' Videos Featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp

Paul McCartney Directs His Own 'My Valentine' Videos Featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp

Based On An Original Idea By Stella McCartney

This evening at an exclusive screening event at the Stella
McCartney store in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney premiered his brand
new, self directed videos for his song 'My Valentine'. The track is
one of two original compositions on his new studio album 'Kisses on
the Bottom', which was released in February of this year and went to
Number One on the Billboard Jazz Chart as well as going Top Five
across the world.

The gala premiere event hosted by Paul and Stella saw the
likes of Orlando Bloom, Jordana Brewster, Julie Delpy, Zooey
Deschanel, Jane Fonda, Dave Grohl and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters,
Woody Harrelson, Joan Jett, Quincy Jones, Miranda Kerr, Jason Lewis,
Lykke Li, Chris Martin, Jayma Mays, Gwyneth Paltrow, Richard Perry,
James Ransone, Amy Smart, Gwen Stefani and Tony Kanal of No Doubt,
Kristen Stewart, Rumer Willis, Reese Witherspoon and more applauding
Paul's visual interpretations of 'My Valentine' featuring Natalie
Portman and Johnny Depp each translating the lyrics of the song into
sign language--each giving distinctly different performances, making
both videos compelling viewing.  A third version combined both Natalie
and Johnny's performances into one film.

The videos were shot on 35mm and Paul worked with Academy
Award winning cinematographer Wally Pfister (Inception, The Dark
Knight),  editor Paul Martinez and producer Susanne Preissler to
create these elegant and powerful films based on an original idea by
Stella McCartney.

'My Valentine' is the second Paul McCartney music video
Natalie Portman has starred in, the first being the Michel Gondry
directed 'Dance Tonight' in 2007.  For this new performance, she was
exclusively dressed by Stella McCartney. Johhny Depp also plays guitar
in his version and recorded the track's guitar solo live.  His guitar
take was then mixed and mastered into the final track.  The original
guitar solo on the studio version of the song was performed by Eric Clapton.  

'Kisses on the Bottom' is a collection of standards Paul grew
up listening to in his childhood - plus two brand new McCartney
compositions 'My Valentine' and 'Only Our Hearts'. With the help of
both Grammy Award-winning producer Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall and
her band, the album was recorded at the legendary Capitol Studios in
Los Angeles, as well as locations in New York and London throughout 2011.

Directed by Paul McCartney
Featuring: Natalie Portman and
Johnny Depp
Cinematographer: Wally Pfister
Editor: Paul
Produced by: Susanne Preissler

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