time lapse sequence was filmed by the River Wye at Ross
by night and includes: 'electric swans' (swans caught by
the sodium lights on Wilton Bridge and speeded up), the
moon and moonlit clouds over the river.
the star sequence, the camera is pointing at Polaris (dead
centre of the screen) and as well as the stars rotating
anticlockwise around the pole star, due to the Earth's clockwise
rotation, the sequence of 400 frames shows aeroplanes and
a satellite entering the field of view.
Polaris sequence was filmed with a 10 second exposure every
23 seconds, and during one of the 13 second periods in which
the shutter was NOT open, a fireball meteor shot directly
across Polaris. Just my luck for the shutter to be closed
at that moment! The still images which make up the first
sequence caught Daubenton's bats swooping on water catching
insects but unfortunately, these flash by too quickly in
the movie version to detect.
the moon over the river shots, the object to the left of
the moon is the planet, Jupiter.
star sequence was filmed at Hole in the Wall and I must
say that, whilst there, alone by the river in almost total
darkness, with the sound of owls and other wildlife, my
thoughts began to wander to an old urban myth we used to
hear told about the 'Chase bends' in Dagenham. 'A mad axeman
supposedly cut off the head of the driver who had walked
to the garage after running out of fuel and was banging
it on the roof, with his lady friend still inside'. I expect
you have heard the same tale - different location. I began
to feel spooked at every sound in the hedgerow whilst the
camera clicked away. I stuck it out though. Hope you enjoy
the film, which is best watched full screen away from sunlight.