Fields that Speak.
A Film by Daniel Hopkins.
“The Somerset Levels and Moors are a quiet and distinctive landscape valued by those who visit as a place
to relax and unwind.” enjoyengland.com
Daniel Hopkins grew up in and around the Somerset Levels, surrounded by the gentle and quiet landscapes
of the area. As a child he spent most of his time exploring the fields that surrounded him.
The landscape that makes up the ‘fields that speak’ haven’t changed in all the years I have known them.
This film is the first document I have made about the place I grew up in. Fields that speak is a series of
static shots of the landscape that is on the fringes of the Somerset Levels. Within these static shots are
natural movements of the land.
The clouds moving overhead, the trees blowing in the wind, the flutter of the grass.
The soundtrack to the film is a response to the images within the film Hopkins creates subtle drones and
unnerving textures, some from actual field recordings of the landscape.
Fields That Speak’ is a short film about the landscape of a small area of Somerset in the South West of
England. The film tries to create a sense of place, a sense of what it is like to experience and observe the
landscape within the frame. Formed from a series of static shots the movements within the frame are of a
subtle nature, the wind blowing the trees, the clouds moving above. Fields That Speak encourages you to
do the movement to observe what’s within the frame.
The soundtrack is a shifting textured piece of ambient music created in a similar vein to Hopkins music as
This film represents collaboration with the two elements of Hopkins work his music as HL and his work as
The night skies are dark, until you turn the lights on.
Artificial light deals with issues surrounding light pollution from the perspective of another being/outsider (not necessarily human)
Artificial light is a multi-layered film, filmed on super-8 film and mini dv video.
From the record release
The A449 is a road between Newport and Monmouth in South Wales. This road lasts for 19 miles, during this road you cannot turn around and go back to the place you have left.
There is no access from one side of the road to another.
Over the past year (2003) this road has been the basis of Dan Hopkins work.
Forming the structure of a film, a live performance sound piece, a piece of music and an ongoing installation piece.
The works generated are based on visual and audio recordings of the said road, while traveling upon it, all the recordings are made while moving. Creating constant movement within the works.
No ground release this project as a 3’ cdr which contains a 20 minute version of the piece.
Reviews of the work have said..
It's an excellent work, whose crafty assemblage and emotional content are both the indication of a thorough groundwork.
When the field recordings return after a few minutes they are looped and treated with delay, creating an almost lo fi repetitious rhythmic pulse which then oscillates between various effects to quite mesmerizing effect.
This CD has also had airplay on the following shows
Driven (2000), an impressionistic three-minute film about the dazed monotony of driving. This effective little film plays with fluid Taxi Driver-like shots of roads at night, to evoke the dazed state of mind one can get after long working hours. The narrative is conveyed with admirable concision by the actor playing the driver, and the ending invites the viewer's imagination to run wild.