UWE Bristol film-maker shows stunning 360 degree film at Weymouth Cultural Olympiad

Issue date: 31 July 2012

The 360 degree arena in Weymouth

Cluna Donnelly-Porter, a film maker and senior media instructor at UWE Bristol, is showing her film Wildwood as part of Weymouth's Cultural Olympiad.

The film will be shown in the purpose-built ICCI360 arena during August and September as part of the Maritime Mix festival in Weymouth.

Cluna said, “My film is an impressionistic journey through an enchanted forest. Other artists collaborated on the project and included special effects and character animation by Govinda Dickman, artwork for a striding wood spirit by Lara Varga, and beautiful, haunting music composed by Martin Solomon and performed by Martin and Jimmy Barnes.

“It is part of an exciting programme of events. The audience are surrounded and submerged in the film experience with five overlapping screens and six surrounding speakers.”

Cluna shot the backgrounds and close-up photography in beautiful South West locations, including Prior's Wood near Portbury, Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean, and Purdown, in North Bristol. The inspiration for the film comes from nature and its ability to remind us to look, like children, at the wonders all around us in our local environment - from a spider's web, and a single raindrop, to the strange and wondrous shapes of the trees and the magical feeling that walking through ancient woodland can give us.

The Olympic theme given to filmmakers was “In Motion” and Wildwood sets out to explore that theme through the magical and minute movement in apparently static woodland.

The ICCI360 Arena, created by Plymouth University, provides a dramatic setting for a range of interactive and multi-national events this summer in Weymouth, and is part of Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

This runs for six weeks from 26 July and hosts film screenings, interactive gaming activities, live performances and workshops close to the venue for the Olympic sailing regatta. It draws together a wealth of 360° images, video and animations from over 80 regional, national and international artists and film makers, including emerging artists as well as established practitioners.

Wildwood is being screened on the following dates:

· Wednesdays 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 August between 15:30 – 17:00

· Sunday 19 August several screenings between 13:00 – 18:00

· Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August 15:30

· Saturday 8 September

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