Cwmorthin is a short experimental non-fiction film that explores the beauty and tranquility of a derelict slate mining village, that ran like clockwork more than fifty years ago.
This is a short experimental film that explores the derelict slate mining village of Cwmorthin, as it stands today. The mines had been worked all the way up until the millennium, finishing with just four men and 4x4 mining the slate. In the film I want to share the feelings I got when I visited the location, especially focusing on the contrast between the sheer beauty and eeriness that the site provokes. The sound design will reflect this, using only sound recorded on location. I aim to juxtapose the natural sounds of the water and animals with sounds I can make, for example avalanching slate down the mountains.
It is a place I had wanted to visit for a long time, and after spending time there I developed a strong connection with its sheer openness and sense of freedom. I feel the best way to try and share my experience with others would be to try and encapsulate a day on film from sunrise to sunset.
When capturing the location through my SLR, the main thing I noticed was how important it was to make sure that the camera I used to shoot the film on would need a graduated ND filter. To shoot the film I used a JVCHD110 with a graduated ND filter.