2/23/2012

Todays' video: Gamma by Factory Fifteen with the association of Unknown Fields

Factory Fifteen, a UK-based film and animation studio, led by directors Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls, and Kibwe Tavares, just released Gamma, a documentary shot in Chernobyl (Ukraine) and Baikonur (Kazakhstan), in the framework of Unknown Fields 2011, a project led by Unknown Fields, a nomadic studio co-founded by Liam Young and Kate Davies who organized a visiting programm in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome, last summer, 2011.
Unknown Fields, as presented by Liam Young and Kate Davieswill set off on an annual expedition to the ends of the earth exploring forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and obsolete ecologies.
Each year, the studio calls for participation to invite participants to visit a different global cross-section with the aim at mapping the complex and contradictory realities of the present as a site of strange and extraordinary futures.
Last winter (Winter 2011) was a road trip in Alaska with the Division, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean. There, a community of climate scientists and Eskimos survey a changing landscape where supercomputers and ancient knowledge meet. Here, you will see the pictures of this road trip.
A trip is scheduled this summer, with the support of AA School, London. This will not be Ukraine and Kazakhstan, but the United States, specifically, a road trip to chronicle a series of extraterrestrial encounters from the borderlands, black sites, military outposts and folkloric landscapes of the United States. Consequently if you have nowhere to go, and nothing to do this year, sign up now to join the division this summer (Monday 20 August - Saturday 1 September 2012).

Suggested magazine: Icon #105, which cover story is "Inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone."

And this project is fantastic. So is this video titled Gamma including in this post. Indeed, Gamma depicts a future in which numerous zones of the earth needs to be deradiated after a decade of nuclear war. I warmly recommend the read of The Funambulist/Léopold Lambert's analysis of Gamma on his website where I found the video. It is a short, though, well-analyzed text. According to The Funambulist, this kind of public health operations are achived by private actors, here a company called Gamma which developed a type of roots that would absorb radioactivity.

Suggested article and source: Gamma by Factory Fisteen (in Chernobyl and Baikonur) | The Funambulist


Credit video: GAMMA from Factory Fifteen on Vimeo.

Credit:
Directed by Factory Fifteen in association with Unknown Fields

Martin Ashley Jones
The Unknown  Fields Division 2011
Bryan Allen
Andrea Bagnato
Chris Hatherill
Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu
Jack Mama
Clive Vanheerden
Liam Young

Monologue written by Courttia Newland

D.O.P: Jonathan Gales

Concept development:
Chris Lees
Paul Nicholls
Jonathan Gales

Advert: Chris Lees

Advert Voice over: George MacPherson

Sound Design: Tom Hobson

End track: Worriedaboutsatan 'Heart Monitor' — Her.Eyes.Like.Static remix

3D Artists:
Paul Nicholls
Chris Lees
Kibwe Tavares
Jonathan Gales
Matt Townsend

2D Artists:
Paul Nicholls
Chris Lees
Jonathan Gales

SFX Makeup:
Sangeet Prabhaker

VFX:
Paul Nicholls
Jonathan Gales

Filmed in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan with the Unknown Field Division

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