I worked on the 2nd Camera Unit of Principle Photography for this documentary in 2011.
REMNANTS explores the rise and fall of the Neolithic civilisation of Britain via motion controlled, digital timelapse cinematography.
In one of the longest continuous cultural developments ever known, for nearly 3000 years construction was undertaken of some of the most enduring monuments in the world – standing stones and stone circles. Having been dismissed for centuries by much of academia as the work of little more than illiterate barbarians, research in the 20th and 21st centuries by a handful of persistent investigators has revealed these Megalithic sites to be not only amongst the oldest and most mysterious, but perhaps the most profound.
Little is known of this civilisation, and its people have all but vanished without trace. All that is left are their remnants, and they too, in the crush of ‘progress’ are disappearing.
Photographed throughout the UK and Ireland, and set to an original music score by TANGERINE DREAM member Thorsten Quaeschning, REMNANTS captures the essence and austere beauty of these amazing constructions, suggests and reveals their purposes, and poses an important question to our own contemporary position.
History has proven repeatedly that no civilisation can last indefinitely. Humankind’s attempts to immortalise itself have been futile undertakings. Our current technologically based civilisation may shortly find itself at this same juncture.
Is it not unlikely that we shall share the same fate?
Directed, Photographed, Edited & Produced by
Music Composed, Performed, Produced & Mixed by
GLENN SMITH - SKY-SKAN Europe GmbH
Principal DCP release: 2k Widescreen (2.38:1 - 2048 x 858) - 36 mins. - 24fps
All material captured at + above 4k RAW resolution.
Custom aspect + reduced length versions are available on request.