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Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith

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Synopsis

A meditative, immersive tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith. Smith worked in the early years of the 20th century, developing various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques to capture nature's secrets in action. Working in a number of public roles, including the Royal Navy and British Instructional Films, Smith was prolific and driven, often directing several films simultaneously, apparently on a mission to explore and capture nature's hidden terrains.
This film is an interpretative edit that combines Smith's original footage with a new contemporary score by tindersticks to create a hypnotic, alien yet familiar dreamscape that connects us to the sense of wonder Smith must have felt as he peered through his own lenses and seen these micro-worlds for the first time. (LFF brochure)
Official Selection BFI London Film Festival 2016 - Sonic Strand - World premiere

Details

Year
2016
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
55 mins
Director
Stuart A. Staples
Producer
David Reeve, Stuart A. Staples
Co-Producer
BFI
Editor
David Reeve, Stuart A. Staples
Director of Photography
F. Percy Smith
Music
tindersticks with Thomas Belhom and Christine Ott

Genre

Production Company

Lucky Dog Inc
Stuart A. Staples
http://tindersticks.co.uk

Studio Moe
David Reeve
dave@designstudio.moe

Sales
Company

BFI
Peter Fydler
21 Stephen Street
London
W1P 1LN
+44 (0)20 7255 1444
Peter.Fydler@bfi.org.uk
http://www.bfi.org.uk