Friday 2 November 2012, 12:52
Here's wildlife cameraman and director Richard Taylor-Jones to introduce the marvellous film from last night's Autumnwatch about the knot spectacle in Snettisham.
The idea of going to Snettisham was put to me by Holly, the Autumnwatch Series Producer. Could I come up with a film that centered on the autumn spectacle of the 100,000 Knot that gather there at this time of year and at the same time convey the feeling of the landscape too?
When making a film about a landscape its very important to me not to only to convey what somewhere looks like, and sounds like, but what it feels like. Every landscape has a feeling and to re-create that feeling is my challenge as a film maker, as well as to explore why it exists.
With Snettisham, the overwhelming feeling that I had, and ended up trying to convey, was a sense of space. You feel you have space at Snettisham, a space away from our busy 24hr media world. It shouts space at you.
It related to the birds as well, for their space changed daily as the tide came in and out. Space was an important element of their lives, just as it is for us.
I can’t deny I found the place utterly captivating and spent every day, for 6 days, out from dawn until dusk filming it. The Knot, the tides, the cockle fishermen, the bird ringers – even the caravans! They all played their part in telling the landscape’s story.
I hope it does the place justice and I hope it will encourage you to go and feel that sense of space for yourself, if it does, then I’ve done my job. The whole place really is an autumn spectacle you simply must see.
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