Celestial

Esther Johnson

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15’25 • 2007 • ov english • United Kingdom • documentary, experimental • DVC Pro

Taking the form of an experimental portrait, Celestial explores the poetry of the sky, a space for fascination and contemplation.
The sky is examined as a place that is not purely a background, but rather an object to be viewed and a ‘mental decongestant’. The film mixes interviews with weather experts, scientists and cloud lovers; time-lapse footage, split-screen and visual text; cloud formations and weather monitoring stations; aerial views and people cloud spotting, which are interwoven with a shifting soundscape to create a dense tapestry that looks at the vast canvas of the sky.

original music: Deliberate
image: Esther Johnson
editing: Sue Giovanni & Esther Johnson
sound design: Ron Wright
sound recording: Christopher Wilson & Esther Johnson
featuring the voices of: Professor Grant Bigg; Jack Borden; Dr Edward Hanna; Richard Hollis; Darcy Ladd; Gavin Pretor-Pinney; Gini Wells

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- screenings within the framework of La Vidéothèque Nomade]
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