Orford Ness is a wild and remote shingle spit off the Suffolk Coast in England owned by the National Trust. It is a massive expanse thought to contain 15% of the world's reserve of coastal vegetated shingle and it is truly unique place.
From 1913 Orford Ness was used as a military test site and closely guarded to prevent public access. Top secret experiments were conducted across both World Wars and into the nuclear age. The result is a landscape littered with the scars and debris from such tests. Unexploded ordinance was so rife that the RAF Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) were stationed on the Ness for 17 years disposing of whatever they could find.
Also left behind are a bizarre collection of foreboding buildings providing a clue to a sometimes disturbing past yet some animals seem oblivious to them and their significance. Perhaps the most iconic buildings are the 'Pagodas', which feature heavily in the film. These buildings, aptly named, were Laboratories 4 and 5 of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE) site.
The Ness is now an internationally important nature reserve, harbouring an amazing array of wildlife. A small crew of three stayed on the Ness for 5 days and produced this short film for the BBC Natural History Unit about the place and the wildlife found there. The film concentrates on the oddities of design; the design of the place and the design of the wildlife found to reside there.
For more information on the Ness follow this link please nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness/
Panasonic P2 Varicam and Canon C300, variety of lenses inc. a homemade tile-shif lens
Canon & Nikon DSLR's for time-lapses & ND's
Kessler Cineslider and Dynamic perception dolly's used for motion controlled shots
Director & Cameraman- Richard Taylor Jones
2nd Camera, Camera Assistant & DIT- Tom Beldam
2nd Camera & Camera Assistant- Sam Stewart
Editor- Debs Williams
Mix & Grade- DogHouse Productions
Commentary- Richard Taylor Jones
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