Box Hill Flickers – A different world

02 September 2011


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Forest Path © Rachel Henson and Neil ManuellForest Path © Rachel Henson and Neil Manuell

The worlds eyes will be on Box Hill in 2012 but right now your eyes can be on a different world – Box Hill Flickers

The print deadline is imminent, three flick books are in the bag and we are making the last adjustments to the remaining three. I am getting really excited about people enjoying the sequences in situ.

Each walker or small group takes a map and an expedition kit – a set of six flick books. Flicking the pages animates a short filmic sequence. The first page of each book will be recognisable as a particular sight or view along the way, and as you walk you look out for these locations. From these landmarks the flick book navigates you to a place, often just off the path, in the trees or in the grass, to reveal one of Box Hill’s wild inhabitants.

We’ve been lucky to find excellent professional footage of each of each species courtesy of Oxford Scientific’s video library and the BBC Motion Gallery, as well as from independent wildlife film-maker, Judith Bernard. Animator Neil Manuell has subtly combined this footage with the photo sequences of the locations to create, what I hope will be a magical experience – almost as exciting as actually coming across these animals for real.

Silver-Washed Fritillary © Rachel Henson & Neil Manuell. Courtesy of Oxford Scientific

It will certainly be fun to look for the actual tree, flower or mossy log shown in the flick book and to use the sequences to invoke an echo or memory of the animal, as if it was there just a minute ago and has left an impression of its presence in the grass.

Click on the link for more information about Box Hill Flickers.

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