‘brindabellas’ is the new infrared art/doco film from silver dory productions. It features the sky and landscapes of the Canberra region of Australia – in particular the Brindabella Ranges – captured in monochromatic (near) infrared. This is the trailer for the complete film.

Following a theatrical preview in 2014 (NFSA 4K Arc Cinema) the complete ‘brindabellas’ film is now being released online in five parts – ‘summer’, ‘autumn’, ‘winter’, ‘spring’ and ‘summer (returns)’. Part one – ‘summer’ – is available now to rent or buy atvimeo.com/ondemand/brindabellassummer .

This feature-length film (150 minutes over five parts) focuses on the interplay of mountain light, air and water as these elements are transformed across the seasons from clouds to mist, rain and snow – then frost and ice – and onto creeks and rivers. It explores both the wider montane vistas of the region and the more intimate details of the natural flows that are created by these mountains and, in turn, shape the very landscapes they arise from.

‘brindabellas’ evolved out of the short motion piece ‘karst country’ (2013) which was developed to explore the possibilities of creating infrared motion with RED Digital Cinema cameras. Field-work for ‘brindabellas’ commenced in June 2013 with the specific aim of creating a feature-length film entirely from this infrared footage – which uniquely captures the intricacies of sky and cloudscapes, the dynamics of rain and running water, and the shifting shadows across the changing seasons.

brindabellas | film details

Concept: developed and written by Glen Ryan and James van der Moezel – silver dory productions
Producer: Glen Ryan | silver dory productions
Cinematographer: Glen Ryan
Camera Operator & First Assistant Camera: James van der Moezel
Editor, Post Production Supervisor & Colourist: James van der Moezel
Original Soundtrack: Marcus Hooper and Andy Heaney
Sound design and recording: James van der Moezel and Glen Ryan
Preview: May 30, 2014 – Arc Cinema – National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia.
General release: from May 28, 2015 (initially online – Vimeo on Demand)
Runtime: approximately 150 minutes – over 5 parts
Colour: black and white
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Camera: Full-spectrum modified RED Epic-X and Red Epic-X – Nikkor lenses
Negative Format: Redcode RAW 5K

Images from the film (and prints from the the wider ‘brindabellas’ project) are also available in the limited edition monograph ‘brindabellas – elements’ – published by PQ Blackwell. This can be ordered here : silverdory.com.au/brindabellas-elements

other links

brindabellas – overview – silverdory.com.au/brindabellas

brindabellas – preview – silverdory.com.au/brindabellas-preview

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Featured on Votiv Earth on June 22nd, 2015