The Big City

The Nobbies Visitors Centre
Antarctic Journey

The brief for this job seemed too good to be true: “You are on an imaginary journey from the Nobbies, Phillip Island, and your destination is the Antarctic. We want to see everything you might see on that journey”. I have always had a passion for nature and the natural world but I had no idea how much research was ahead of me. Adélie Penguin? Chinstrap Penguin? King Penguin? Some penguins are endemic to South Africa, some to South America – the penguins, along with all the other amazing creatures shown, had to be “geo-correct”. I had a biologist come to check I had made no mistakes. The project was to be shown across 8 screens. 15 minutes per screen, a total of 2 hours of edited footage. The screens in this demo are ordered from bottom right as the first screen, following 2 left then trhe 2 above. The pair at the top were set together and allowed for the most spectacular "centrefold" of a humpback whale (about 3.5 mins in) shot on RED at 5K - it needed no resizing! There is some extraordinary footage in this program but one that stood out for me was the timelapse of twilight in the Antarctic. I was surprised that there was just so much Antarctic twilight footage available, initially thinking it was just because it was so pretty but it finally dawned on me with the help of the timelapse shot that the Antarctic has very long twilights. The timelapse shot that I keep mentioning (around 10'40") shows the sun travelling across the sky – almost parallel to the horizon! You don’t see that from many places on earth.

Guy Gross was commissioned to compose the original music and Christo Curtis did the SFX and mix.

The director, David Jellings, created a mock up with 3D Max to give an idea of what the finished space would be like. The repeated images are to show the use of mirrors or reflactive surfaces to multiply the visual impact.

The screens in the installation are positioned to lead the viewer through a journey to finish at an “augmented reality” area that I had no part in. The positioning of the screens gave some great opportunity to juxtapose and kaleidoscope the footage. The Aurora Australis sequence looked great as kaliedoscope.