Moving Image on the South Dorset Ridgeway
In February 2010 a group of Dorset teenagers met for the first time in an introductory workshop to live IT love IT film IT. The South Dorset Ridgeway Heritage Project worked in partnership with PVA MediaLab in Bridport to introduce the young people to artist Jorn Ebner. After the initial workshop the participants were invited to submit their own ideas for a short film and two projects were finally chosen. Throughout 2010 the group explored the Ridgeway, filming outdoors at Easter and continuing with editing and post-production in the studio through May and June.
The young film-makers are Arran Green, Elliot Veal, Elliott Linehan-Cross, Fingal Green, Josh Petitdemange,Julio Guarita, Rebecca Ryan, Stephen Crane, Tom Beck and Tristan Brooks.
The project idea came from Julio Guarita from Bridport. He choreographed figures on Abbotsbury Hillfort against the sunlight, and composed a slow moving piece of music for his short film.
The second selected project shows various aspects of the South Dorset Ridgeway landscape, fields, woodland, farms, road and house building, intending to capture the changes on the Ridgeway from animals’ points of views.
As part of the project we were also fortunate to commission Jorn Ebnerto create his own work. Currently based in Germany Jorn has worked and lectured extensively in the UK. His work uses a variety of media from drawing to online audio-visual works. Most recently he has developed series of photographic and sound based browser works.
In Jorn’s first work, Electro Mountain, the beautiful foggy landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway provides the ambience for this atmospheric piece. A sequence of images, a foggy landscape and a tower, a barn floor are replaced by music performed by sheep.
Jorn’s second piece is in stark contrast. Filmed in Winterbourne Steepleton, this work was inspired by the beautiful setting of this village, with its stream running through. The camera focuses on the surface of the water stream and on the plants in the water.
Structured into six segments, this work is not dissimilar to poetry and song: each segment begins with the same image /audio sequence and is followed by a threefold image sequence.