Worcester Art Gallery Exhibition Promo

"This Green Earth" Exhibition Film from henry Fothergill on Vimeo.

This was a Promotional video I was asked to produce to be played in an exhibition at the Worcester Art Gallery for Bridget MacDonald. The brief gave several prompts to ask Bridget but the interviewing itself was left to myself and Hannah. We ended up having a wonderful day with Bridget where the interview naturally took on a conversational tone, it helped that my Dad is an artist so we could freely chat about the nature of her work, and Hannah is exceptionally good at picking out prudent questions and bringing us back to topics from the brief, without stopping the conversation dead.

I did struggle slightly with the sound as Bridget is very softly spoken and, alas, my equipment is somewhat lacking there. By somewhat I mean I had the camera sound (with a small Røde microphone attached) for the guide track and an iPhone 4 recording on voice notes next to Bridget! Still it got the job done! 

We filmed the day on my trusty Canon 600D with vintage Pentax K-mount lenses, now my usual set. I decided early on to focus on filming sections of the paintings, I didn't want to cut too much to entire paintings in part because paintings always look better in person (and they would be able to see them in the exhibition) but also because it allowed me to pick out details and features that Bridget had talked about in the interview earlier. Funnily enough Bridget was terribly embarrassed by the mess of oil paints in her studio but I loved the mess! Not only is it wonderfully photogenic mess, nothing there was dirty, it had a real artistic liveliness to the room, a real creative mess!

This was also edited down to a promotional 40 second video which was put on the Worcester Art Gallery social media and homepage, promoting the exhibition. The exhibition itself ran from the 13th February – 25th June.