“We must learn to translate both plants and stones in order to walk within ourselves.”
– Freidrich Nietzsche, as cited by Julian Cope, ‘THE MEGALITHIC EUROPEAN’ (2004)
Wakefield graduated as a cinematographer from the Northern School of Film & Television in 1995, and additionally trained at the Third European Masterclass for Director of Photography Students in Budapest that same year. He has worked as a freelance camera operator and DoP ever since, including 2nd unit photography on the UK‘s first 8 perf 70mm production LOST KINGDOM. He began specialising in motion controlled digital timelapse in the late 2000’s, and has collaborated several times with acclaimed Danish director Lasse Hoile on promos and tour films for the bands PORCUPINE TREE, DREAM THEATRE and OPETH, as well as directing his own films for NO-MAN and MEMORIES OF MACHINES.
For several years Quaeschning worked as a mastering and studio engineer for German synth pioneers TANGERINE DREAM before being invited to formally join the band in 2002. A virtuoso keyboard and piano player, Quaeschning‘s contribution has led to a major resurgence in their popularity, with several international tours and well received albums. Now one of TD’s veteran members, he continues to pursue his own projects, most notably the band PICTURE PALACE MUSIC, whose ethic is to interpret, re-score and perform live to classic silent movies of the expressionist era, such as Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS. As PPM Quaeschning has released over 20 albums and e.p.s. REMNANTS marks his first soundtrack as a solo artist.
Towards the end of the principal production period, photographer Amanda Davis assisted on shoots for REMNANTS and ANCIENT SKIES around the UK both for interviews and timelapse. However, her most enduring contribution to the projects was as lead digital image cleaner. With incredible patience and a superb eye for detail she rescued what appeared to be many unusable shots to a level whereby they stood pristine in 2k & 4k resolution.
Canadian cameraman Boudreault kindly provided two outstanding timelapse shots from his archive for REMNANTS. His short, THE CITY LIMITS, has been viewed over 4.5 million times at Vimeo - proof positive that good ideas, composition and editing trump technical gimmicks every time. See it at Vimeo by clicking above.
Lee Ford Parker
One of the pioneers of large format motion controlled timelapse, Parker was the DoP of the 8 perf. 70mm production LOST KINGDOM and 2nd unit cameraman on Disney’s IMAX format film SACRED PLANET. With his custom built PIROUETTE system, Parker shot key scenes for the climax of REMNANTS, as well as material for ANCIENT SKIES.
Alex Hibbitt / Arts Alliance Media
Arts Alliance Media are one of the foremost digital theatre system installers and DCP file builders in Europe, with a well deserved reputation for technical excellence. Hibbitt, their London based chief print technician, built not only the master 2k DCP of REMNANTS, but several early test reels and shorts which were shown at the ‘Widescreen Weekend’ events at the Bradford Film Festival from 2009 onwards. The superb quality of his work convinced me that the film was eminently worth pursuing as a digital production.
I would like to also extend my very grateful thanks to:
Bryan Mumford for building the first ‘feathering’ motion control heads and working the bugs out of the dolly.
Ollie Larkin for his assistance at one of the Stonehenge night shoots.
Finn van Gelderen for his help at Newgrange.
Clare Tuffy, Kevin Kennedy and all the staff of the Bru Na Boinne Centre for their trust and enthusiasm at Newgrange, Knowth and Cairn T.
And especially Duncan McGregor and the team at Pictureville Theatre in Bradford’s National Media Museum,
who played host to the film’s world premiere and were enormously supportive of the project over several years.