Wednesday, 30 January 2013


If you've never seen a 'tilt shift' film here's the place to start.

It's a camera technique that's been around for a few years and produces startling results through a combination of selected focus, digital manipulation (less, though, than you might think) and high level perspective creating something quite staggering - making the real world look like a scale model of itself.

It doesn't sound like much - but the results are astonishing. The technique has been applied quite brilliantly to a very short film about Dover and its ferry terminal, and you can find it here:

If that doesn't melt your butter, here are the opening lines of Auden's fine poem about the town:

Steep roads, a tunnel through the downs are the approaches;
A ruined pharos overlooks a constructed bay;
The sea-front is almost elegant; all this show
Has, somewhere inland, a vague and dirty root:
Nothing is made in this town.

Whenever I read this I hear the brisk, strident, mildly hectoring tone of a 1930s documentary film commentator.  The last line is terrific, isn't it? Now look at the clip. Please. I haven't got all day.

Extract from Dover © The Estate of W. H. Auden

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