Friday, July 19, 2024

Sailing past Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury Docks

BRIAN ENO once described his ambient music as both “interesting and ignorable” Twin that with the pleasure of stopping and staring just a while and have a look at his video as the director sails down the river past Coalhouse Fort and Tilbury docks whilst on the famous Waverley.

Ambient Film.


  1. Am I missing something here? Why is this video so long? Why is it so jerky? Why do I feel sea sick? Can someone please explain to me the point of this video? It’s not entertaining, it’s not educational, it’s not advertising anything, and I have just wasted 10 minutes of my life trying to make any sense out of it.

  2. Firstly, ‘The Doove’, I think you’ll find that myself, Michael and Mike spend a lot of time working on videos so to criticise this so harshly is in very poor taste.

    The point of the video is to capture the scenery of Thurrock, starting and finishing at locally historic landmarks. Juggling a camera steadily is hard enough without doing it on a moving boat, that’s why it’s jerky. It’slong because people who do find it educational and entertaining will be able to enjoy it for longer. There is nothing wrong with the video – it’s all a matter of personal taste.

  3. Abbie, it isn’t how much time you spend working on a film that counts but what you actually do with that time. I have to make a confession, and that is I didn’t watch the entire 9 minutes and 7 seconds of it, as after just two minutes I really did have enough. The bits I did see were good in part, and had I been given the raw footage, I feel sure I could have taken out a lot of the jerky stuff and left around 4 or 5 minutes of reasonably watch-able material.

    I have taken footage from a moving boat and the results were reasonably smooth The subject matter is obviously very different but it was taken from a boat and I think you will agree the results are very different.


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