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False Lights by Ed Carter

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 Ed Carter's "False Lights" was produced as part of Channel 4's "Random Acts" season and broadcast in early 2014.

“The False Lights of Durham” is a music and light piece composed and directed by Ed Carter. It is inspired by the intriguing history of the county’s treacherous coastline, and the tale of unexplained lights that caused so many ships to wreck in the 1860s.

Reports of these ‘false lights’ (which officials controversially blamed on local fishing communities) ended with the construction of the region’s electric lighthouses.

This piece draws its syncopated rhythms of light and melody from the characters of these lighthouses when they were first illuminated. The first light seen in the piece represents Souter lighthouse (which opened in 1871), followed in order by the lights at Herd Sand (River Tyne), South Gare breakwater, Sunderland North East pier, Hartlepool Heugh, River Tyne South pier, Sunderland South pier, Roker pier, Seaham North pier and River Tyne North pier.

The choir members represent the fishing communities, their lyrics a response to the Trinity House accusation that they had been luring vessels onto the rocks to steal their cargos.

Filmed and recorded on location in Durham Cathedral, the viewer’s perspective is that of a vessel at sea, surrounded by darkness, with only the coastal lights offering any visual frame of reference.

The film was shot on a Canon C300 and edited in Adobe Premiere CC and After Effects.

Commissioned by Northern Film and Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for Channel 4.

Exhibited at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art 25.10.13 – 17.11.13.

Credits:

Written & directed by ED CARTER

Cinematography ALAN FENTIMAN

Lighting JONATHON HODGES

Camera and lighting asst. RICHARD RAINBOW

Organist JAMES LANCELOT

Choir
PIPPA ANDERSON | JO BLENKINSOP | NEIL BLENKINSOP | MICHAEL BRIDGEWATER | KIZ CROSBIE
MICHAEL DAWSON | SUSIE GREEN | DAVE SCOTT | NICOLA SINGH (choir leader) | RYAN TILLEY

Editor ALAN FENTIMAN

Music composed, recorded & produced by ED CARTER

 

The above text is an amended description originally found here:  edcarter.net/home/the-false-lights-of-durham/

Film Info

  • Client
    Modular
  • Date
    January 2014
  • Camera
    Canon C300
  • Software
    Premiere CC, After Effects CC
  • Duration
    03:11