The latest from Site-Eye

FLICKER + PULSE TO PREMIERE ON BBC FOUR

Monday 23rd October, 9pm on BBC Four - Reviewed by the Radio Times as the “documentary of the week". Don’t miss it!

The BBC press release says:

• "Koyaanisqatsi meets Gardeners’ World in time lapse depiction of a year in an English garden”.

A unique time lapse film about a year in the life of a 300-year-old picturesque English walled garden..

‘A Year in an English Garden: Flicker + Pulse’ is a striking and poignant portrayal of time passing in the walled garden at The Beeches. Film-makers used real-time and time-lapse footage to explore the relationship between the seasons, the plants and people who work within the walls of the garden.

The directors aim to pitch gardening into the realms of philosophy and to reveal the simple pleasures of engaging with nature to non-gardeners and seasoned pros alike.

Produced by Site-Eye, the UK's leading time-lapse production company, the 60 minute film takes the form of a contemplative visual poem using the seasons and nature’s natural rhythms to explore humans’ ties or lack of with the pulse of life and death within the garden.

It also features voice-overs from gardeners, horticulturalists, astronomers and archaeologists who provide a varied, and intriguing philosophy on our relationship with the soil. These are set to a stunning soundtrack by Wendy Rae Fowler. Flicker + Pulse was filmed over a year with nine cameras, resulting in approximately 60 hours of footage. Post production took ten months, with the final BBC Four documentary being edited down to 60 minutes.

The independent film-makers took an organic approach to collecting footage to allow the film to take shape naturally and had no pre-set ideas about how the final film would look.

Director Tom Wichelow said: “Flicker + Pulse is an important film, one that reconnects us to something that is easy to forget - something that is bigger than all of us. Something that we forget at our peril.”

Co- Director Brian McClave added: “We wanted to get away from the over produced, perfect time-lapse films that we are used to seeing. We made punk rock time-lapse. It’s Koyaanisqatsi meets Gardeners’ World!"

Sandy Coppen, owner of the walled garden said: “The original inspiration came when I went to the Tate years ago and there was a short time-lapse film of a rotting peach which I found mesmerising. Having worked in the garden for many years, I was always amazed to observe the dramatic seasonal change from bare earth to an overflowing abundance of colour and texture. I thought this needed to be captured and hope that the BBC Four audience will enjoy the film on Monday.”

Flicker + Pulse was written and directed by Brian McClave and Tom Wichelow. The film was produced by Brian McClave, Tom Wichelow and Site-Eye Films. Music is by Wendy Rae Fowler with sound design by Tim Howarth.

A preview for Flicker + Pulse is available from BBC TV Previews - previews.unit@bbc.co.uk

Posted by André at 10:37 on 20/10/2017

Cambridge Film festival

We are delighted to announce that Flicker+Pulse (the Site-Eye film Directed by Brian McClave and Tom Wichelow) is screening at this year’s Cambridge Film festival.

It’ll be screening together with the wonderful, experimental short film 'A Year Along The Abandoned Road’.

There are two screenings:

Monday 23rd October at 15.00 (followed by a Q&A with Tom and Brian)

Wednesday 25th October at 13.15

For more info and booking follow this link or look on the Festival website:

https://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk/film/flicker-pulse-plus-year-along-abandoned-road

Posted by Andre at 11:11 on 12/10/2017

"Overshadowed", now a Photo Biennial exhibition in Louisville, Kentuchy

Last month we had announced on social media that one of our directors, Brian McClave, was in America documenting the historical solar eclipse with a team of assistants (professors, students and local photographers). The project has now matured into its first exhibition in a Photo Biennial in Louisville, Kentucky,

“Overshadowed” is a collaborative project between University of Louisville professor Mary Carothers (Fine Arts) and Brian McClave, who has developed (along with brother Gareth) a slow-scan technique for producing photographic images. The experimental exhibition examines the meeting point between photography, landscape, and astronomy.

The exhibition is currently open at the Hite Art Institute until October 28, 2017. For further information, please visit: http://events.louisville.edu/event/overshadowed#.Wcv_ILQz421

Posted by Andre at 12:22 on 28/09/2017

ITER, France

In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world's largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars. Since the idea for an international joint experiment in fusion was first launched over thirty years ago, thousands of international engineers and scientists have contributed to the design of “ITER”, which means: "The Way" in Latin, one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today.

Here is a small extract from an essay called “A Dream Machine” by Henry Fountain, published recently at the New York Times. “It looks like the beginnings of a commercial power plant, but it is not. The project, called ITER, is an enormous, and enormously complex and costly, physics experiment. But if it succeeds, it could determine the power plants of the future and make an invaluable contribution to reducing planet-warming emissions.

First discussed in 1985 at a United States - Soviet Union summit, the multinational effort, in which the European Union has a 45 percent stake and the United States, Russia, China and three other partners 9 percent each, has long been cited as a crucial step toward a future of near-limitless electric power. 

ITER will produce heat, not electricity. But if it works — if it produces more energy than it consumes, which smaller fusion experiments so far have not been able to do - it could lead to plants that generate electricity without the climate affecting carbon emissions of fossil-fuel plants or most of the hazards of existing nuclear reactors that split atoms rather than join them”. 

Site-Eye has been filming the construction of ITER in a 42-hectare site in the French countryside since Feb 2014, in the very early days of the construction phase. We love the idea, the challenges, the magnitude and ultimately the potential of the project and feel honoured to be able to be involved in such high profile and important international scientific collaboration. 

To find out more about ITER, visit: http://www.iter.org

Posted by André at 12:12 on 29/08/2017

Floating Gardens, Paddington W2

Site Eye is proud to be involved in the filming of the construction of this new public space in London W2. The site-specific park offers 730sqm space for up to 120 people and is situated alongside the stylish Merchant Square, a new development in the Paddington Basin on the Grand Union Canal.

The public park was designed by Garden Club London landscape design studio led by the Royal Horticultural Society former gold medallist Tony Woods. It features open lawn areas, densely planted raised borders with nectar-rich plants, communal seating areas and decked platforms and walkways. Bespoke planting has been developed to encourage wildlife to the park which includes a separate island designed to attract ground-nesting birds and waterfowl to feed and nest. Tony Woods commented that “Working to design the Floating Pocket Park has been a hugely exciting challenge, not only is this a truly one of a kind garden for London but a huge re-think of the way that we create public space in urban areas.”

Site-Eye has been filming the project since day one, with an aerial 4K camera installed in one of the Merchant Square Penthouses overseeing the whole development. We also sent a photographer to the gardens upon the completion of the project to capture the floating park being enjoyed by the local community. You can see a small clip of the time-lapse here.

Posted by Andre at 11:03 on 19/07/2017