Archaeologists are fascinated by the relics they encounter as it allows for a re-discovery of human’s past activity. Fieldwalk is a documentary that will trace a route along a stretch of Christchurch headland, from a semi-derelict caravan site, to the Hengistbury Head nature reserve.
The Hengistbury headland is home to a number of excavated sites, where archaeologists have found remnants of objects dating back to the Bronze Age. Close to the headland's boundaries, the caravan site sits littered with our very own 21st century relics. Amongst these relics, two tenants remain.
Linking the old and the new, Fieldwalk will employ a series of archaeological filmmaking methods to capture audio-visual fragments and encourage the viewer to look at the overlooked and explore our own relationship with our everyday surroundings.
During our visits, we have truly strived to actively engage ourselves in the environment that Fieldwalk is taking place. We have attempted to achieve this particularly by becoming familiar with the landscapes of the film's 5 sites, while also involving ourselves in the local culture that revere Hengistbury Head as an outstanding and significant natural area to appreciate and maintain.
These 5 sites have been specifically selected from a map found in a 1970s report on the Bournemouth headland. Although the map details 19 'findspots' that contained archaeological material, we have refined the number of sites we will include in Fieldwalk, which we aim to concentrate on equally.
By focusing our fieldwalk to only five locations, we think it will convey the film's prime intention at its simplest: to encourage a viewer to reconsider their surroundings by appreciating how time can change the way one looks at things, adapting our idea of what a 'Site' might be in very many years to come.
Sites 2 & 1
Fieldwalk’s director Callum often finds interest in the overlooked and under explored. His short film and photography practices are characterised by a keen questioning of the spaces around us and their inhabitants. After discovering the caravan park (site 5) on a bike ride just over 2 years ago, and with his countless return visits, Callum is now determined to resolve the oddities of this mysterious place in film.
Ghazal, the producer behind Fieldwalk, has had an interest in documentary film production during her four years at the Arts University, instilling her background in graphic design into her practice. Outside of her studies, she often finds herself on walks, where her keen attention-to-detail is paired with a creative appreciation for her surroundings, making Ghazal’s significance in Fieldwalk a perfect match for a film such as this.
Lewis’ elusive style of filmmaking has an expert focus on the urban landscape of Dorset and its surrounding areas. He has a keen eye for capturing an atmospheric sense of environments he works in, making use of overlooked details and precise observations to bring out the unexpected.
As cinematographer on Fieldwalk, Milo will take reference from archaeological studies and apply their methodologies to the visual style of the film. Using a range of filmic mediums, Milo’s direct and observational vision will evoke time-stricken sense of place.
Patrick’s love for experimental sound and music, and his past collaborations with the director and cinematographer, make him a crucial asset to Fieldwalk’s production. Outside of university, his frequent music and short film releases have been a great source of inspiration for the whole crew.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the rewards we're offering for this campaign. Here you can have a sneak peek at what you can expect to receive when you support us.
These are some of the crew's photography that will be featured on the postcard set.
If you're interested in Patrick's sound collection (a taste of what's to feature in his CD), you can have a listen here!
And finally, here are just a few pages of Callum's artwork that will be featured in the 28-page handprinted and bound book.
In Fieldwalk, we're employing a range of techniques to introduce a new mode of viewing. The majority of the money raised here will go towards equipment hire and practical materials to achieve this. These include drone and operator hire, cost of medium format film and processing, and hand crafting specialist equipment.
Further, your support would aid us in covering transport and catering costs, which will smooth the edges of our production during the nose-reddening winter conditions.