During July I was commissioned to create a short moving image film to accompany the ‘Storm’ Interlude during two performances of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes at Dartington Hall on the 24th and 26th of August.
The performance, organized by Dartington Arts was to take place in the iconic medieval Great Hall venue. A venue which I just so happened to be rather well acquainted with, having spent 10 days at the beginning of July freelancing as a Venue Manager for the Ways With Words Literary Festival.
The shoot involved sourcing a large fish tank from the back streets of Torquay –don’t ask, and doing a lot of experimentation with an underwater camera and some brightly coloured inks. This was probably the most 'work fun' I've had in a long time, and the results were rather mesmerising.
Unfortunately I was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival wafting smelly pots under the noses of members of the public (a story for another time), so I was unable to attend either performance. But I've had some sneaky peaks at the other Interlude films and they all looked great!
Thanks to everyone at Dartington Arts that made the commissions happen, and to everyone that trudged around rural Devon with me looking for a cheap giant fish tank!