Discover wild Orkney

Over a year in the making, Discover wild Orkney was created by wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed and played by James Watson.

Capturing stunning wildlife footage across spring, summer, autumn and winter in Orkney, the Discover wild Orkney films were created by award-winning wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and acclaimed Stromness based film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed by local musician James Watson.

Wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant said, “As always the weather was the biggest challenge when filming Orkney’s wildlife but it’s also what adds so much atmosphere and character to the films. I had a good idea of what I wanted to film in term of the species here but there are always nice surprises that come up whilst filming. Mark has treated the footage in a really beautiful way and the music composed by James is perfect so I think we have crafted something really special and uniquely Orcadian with these four films.”

Mark Jenkins of SpliceFilm added, “Working on this project has been an absolute delight. I already knew Raymond’s still photography work, but seeing his images come to life was just magical. Due to the strength of the images, we made an early decision to try to make these films speak for themselves, without narration or graphic information. James Watson’s music really strengthened this vision and I think we have a real cinematic experience for people to enjoy.”

The films were commissioned through Cinécosse by RSPB Scotland’s ‘Enjoy Wild Orkney’ project, funded by the RSPB, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

The films, along with other Scottish Wildlife content, can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/rspbvideo/videos

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PAPAY ON FILM – The Music of the Tractor

Last but not least, a late addition to the PAPAY ON FILM series.

What started out as a film about transport became much more focussed on Maggie Harcus and her tractors.

Featuring Ian Cursiter and George Miller.
Filmed, edited & directed by SpliceFilm
Music composed and played by Wooden Sole Music
Made for Papay Development Trust with funding from Coastal Communities Fund.

You can also see the whole series on the PDT website: http://www.papawestray.co.uk/video/

Discover wild Orkney – Winter

Over a year in the making, Discover wild Orkney was created by wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed and played by James Watson. The first film in the series – WINTER – has just been publicly released. I’ll post the other seasonal films as they come. Enjoy!

Press release:

Capturing stunning wildlife footage across spring, summer, autumn and winter in Orkney, the Discover wild Orkney films were created by award-winning wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and acclaimed Stromness based film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed by local musician James Watson.

Wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant said, “As always the weather was the biggest challenge when filming Orkney’s wildlife but it’s also what adds so much atmosphere and character to the films. I had a good idea of what I wanted to film in term of the species here but there are always nice surprises that come up whilst filming. Mark has treated the footage in a really beautiful way and the music composed by James is perfect so I think we have crafted something really special and uniquely Orcadian with these four films.”

Mark Jenkins of SpliceFilm added, “Working on this project has been an absolute delight. I already knew Raymond’s still photography work, but seeing his images come to life was just magical. Due to the strength of the images, we made an early decision to try to make these films speak for themselves, without narration or graphic information. James Watson’s music really strengthened this vision and I think we have a real cinematic experience for people to enjoy.”

The films were commissioned through Cinécosse by RSPB Scotland’s ‘Enjoy Wild Orkney’ project, funded by the RSPB, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

The films, along with other Scottish Wildlife content, can also be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/rspbvideo/videos

Surface on the Screen Machine

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My film ‘SURFACE’ will be showing on the Screen Machine as part of it’s Orkney tour, in support of ‘GIRL ON A TRAIN’.

I’ll be attending the screening in Westray, so maybe see you there……

Catch it here:

17/11/ 8:30 pm – Stronsay

19/11 / 8:30 pm – Eday

22/11 / 8:30 pm – Sanday

25/11/ 8:30 pm – Westray

27/11/ 8:30 pm – Rousay

See here for the full Screen Machine programme.

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‘Imaginary Worlds’@ CHAT Conference

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My film ‘THE IMAGINARY WORLDS OF SCAPA FLOW’ will be playing at the CHAT 2016 ORKNEY conference at Orkney Arts Theatre, 8 pm, FRI 21 OCT.

Full details here: http://chat-arch.org/

Papay On Line

A series of 7 short films reflecting the cultural heritage of Papa Westray, Orkney.

The PAPAY ON FILM series is now available on line. These films were made over a residential period of two months in February and March 2016, using archive aural and visual material together with new interviews, images and film.

The films are part of a permanent display at The Kelp Store, a heritage and craft centre in Papa Westray, which opened it’s doors for the first time in June 2016. They are also available to view on the Papa Westray website.

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The Kelp Store, Papa Westray

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Just published my film ‘SURFACE’ for viewing on line. I made the film in 2014. It started as a test for another project, but when I was nearly taken in under a wave one day at Birsay, I had another idea……

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“Surface” is an experimental docu-drama and one of the biggest surprises of the festival. Mark Jenkins’ stunning film is shot with a GoPro camera around the waters of Orkney. The versatile camera allows the audience to go anywhere, from skimming across the sand to diving below the lapping waves. “Surface” is a truly unique audiovisual experience as the film travels around the islands capturing the sights of the land and the distorted sounds of the sea. The seamless editing gives the illusion of a single take whilst the music reinforces this inspiring journey of reflection. – XpoNorth, Inverness 2015

Filmed and Edited by Mark Jenkins.
Music composed and played by James Watson.

Screened at:

Nordkapp Film Festival 2014

XpoNorth 2015

Shetland Screenplay Festival 2015

Cucalorus Film Festival 2015

 

Papay On Film

Looking forward to the launch of my latest project, PAPAY ON FILM.

I spent 6 and a half weeks in Papa Westray in February and March this year, making a series of films for the new heritage centre at The Kelp Store. A wonderful experience and the local community were just great to work with. I’m hoping they enjoy watching the films as much as I enjoyed making them.

The Kelp Store will officially open on 02 June 2016, and the films will be on a tv screen there. They’ll also be available on line soon….

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Discover Wild Orkney at Orkney Nature Festival

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There’s another chance to catch the ‘Wild Orkney’ films on the big screen later this month, as part of Orkney Nature Festival

I made these four seasonal films with wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant Photography & Film, and they’ll soon be launched on line.

But you can’t beat seeing Raymond’s fantastic cinematography on the big screen and hearing the music of James Watson in it’s full glory. And it’s FREE!

Hope to see you there:

MONDAY 16 MAY 17:30
Pickaquoy Cinema
Kirkwall

Four new films from RSPB Scotland are set to boost Orkney’s profile as a haven for nature and a world-class wildlife-watching destination.

Capturing stunning wildlife footage across spring, summer, autumn and winter in Orkney, the films were created by award-winning wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant and acclaimed Stromness based film editor Mark Jenkins, with music composed by local musician James Watson.

Both the full-length films and three-minute teaser versions will be made available in the near future to help businesses, tourism websites and others promote Orkney’s natural heritage online.

Wildlife cameraman Raymond Besant said, “As always the weather was the biggest challenge when filming Orkney’s wildlife but it’s also what adds so much atmosphere and character to the films. I had a good idea of what I wanted to film in term of the species here but there are always nice surprises that come up whilst filming. Mark has treated the footage in a really beautiful way and the music composed by James is perfect so I think we have crafted some really special and uniquely Orcadian with these four films.”

Mark Jenkins of SpliceFilm added, “Working on this project has been an absolute delight. I already knew Raymond’s still photography work, but seeing his images come to life was just magical. Due to the strength of the images, we made an early decision to try to make these films speak for themselves, without narration or graphic information. James Watson’s music really strengthened this vision and I think we have a real cinematic experience for people to enjoy.”

The films were commissioned from Cinécosse through RSPB Scotland’s Enjoy Wild Orkney project, funded by the RSPB, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

Surface to Cucalorus

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My film ‘Surface’ has been selected to play at Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. Looks like I’ll be heading out there too.

Moonshine, bonfires and karaoke — and of course top, top films (not to mention sunshine in November!)

I’m all set for a monster festival!

Check the festival out here: http://www.cucalorus.org/

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