BRINDABELLAS

media + press | updated August 18, 2016

Australian filmmakers release unique feature-length infrared film

… and it reveals their capital city in a beautiful new light.

Canberra, Australia, August 18 – Australian film makers Silver Dory Productions have announced the general public release of their unique infrared feature-length film BRINDABELLAS | edge of light. From August 18, 2016 the entire 140 minutes 4K version will be freely available in 22 chapters on the film’s website – brindabellas.com.au, Vimeo and Youtube.

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light

edge of light | right click and save to use
NOTE | more images + artwork from the film are available for download here

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light

edge of light | right click and save to use
NOTE | more images + artwork from the film are available for download here

For Silver Dory Productions’ Glen Ryan and James van der Moezel this is the final step in a journey that started in 2013 when they decided to produce a feature-length film entirely with light from the near-infrared spectrum – slightly beyond what the human eye can see. Filmed on modified RED Digital Cinema cameras and released in 4K resolution this ambitious project has been described as the “World’s First Near-Infrared Feature”.

“The new documentary Brindabellas takes near-infrared photography to new places…. and it’s breathtaking” – No Film School
“Stunning…” – Jarred Land | RED Digital Cinema
“A visual feast…a transfixing collection” – Australian Broadcasting Commission
“Infrared Cinematography Makes Australia’s Stunning Natural Landscapes Even More Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful” – Creative Planet Network

James van der Moezel | silver dory productions

James van der Moezel | right click and save to use

Glen Ryan | silver dory productions

Glen Ryan | right click and save to use

For James – head of post-production at Silver Dory – one of the main challenges of this project was finding a way to deliver such an unconventional film to a wide range of viewers.

“With BRINDABELLAS we were always looking to create something more substantial than the short infrared motion pieces we had ‘tested’ previously. But we also realised that two hours of black and white landscape art might not work for everyone – so we set out to develop a film which could be broken down into smaller sections for different audiences watching it on different platforms. By releasing it as 22 chapters the film can now be enjoyed in short grabs or combined into longer seasonal narratives – or the complete two hour experience.”

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light

edge of light | right click and save to use

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light

edge of light | right click and save to use

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light is an immersive cinematic journey through the sky and landscapes of the Canberra region of Australia – in particular the Brindabella Ranges. The film focuses on the interplay of mountain light, air and water as these elements are transformed across the seasons – from clouds to mist, rain and snow – then frost and ice – and onto creeks and rivers. It explores both the wider montane vistas of the Brindabellas and the more intimate details of the natural flows that are created by these mountains and, in turn, shape the very landscapes they arise from.

However Glen – who spent more than two years filming and photographing BRINDABELLAS – explains that the film is not about briefly visiting an ‘exotic’ location but actually explores at length an everyday back-drop to a capital city.

“While BRINDABELLAS features some beautiful wilderness and natural ecosystems most of it was filmed from within the suburbs of Canberra, the capital city of Australia! The most remote location featured is still less than an hour’s drive from the centre of the city – a lot of the footage was simply shot from the side of suburban roads. The ambiguity of exactly where the edge of the city transforms into the edge of the wilderness is what made Canberra the perfect setting for this project.

The unique ability of infrared imagery to capture the interactions between land and cloudscapes allowed us to explore these familiar settings in a more surreal way than a traditional documentary – and hopefully now reveal them to a wider audience in a new light.”

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light is now available to view (all 22 chapters – for free) at : http://brindabellas.com.au/edge-of-light

(and http://brindabellas.com.au/edge-of-light-youtube)

BRINDABELLAS | edge of light

edge of light | right click and save to use

in the field

James van der Moezel – in the field | right click and save to use

More information 

NOTE | Media kit / image files can be accessed from this GDrive
Contact : media@silverdory.com.au

4K BRINDABELLAS Trailer | Vimeo : https://vimeo.com/141059579
4K BRINDABELLAS Trailer | YouTubehttps://youtu.be/ob2xYAwSr_Y

more on BRINDABELLAS | edge of light : http://brindabellas.com.au
more on the infrared imaging used in BRINDABELLAS : http://brindabellas.com.au/near-infrared
more on Silver Dory Productions : http://silverdory.com

BRINDABELLAS | 4K Trailer | Vimeo

BRINDABELLAS | 4K Trailer | Youtube

BRINDABELLAS | film details

  • Concept: developed and written by Glen Ryan and James van der Moezel | silver dory productions
  • Producer: Glen Ryan
  • Cinematographer: Glen Ryan
  • Camera Operator & First Assistant Camera: James van der Moezel
  • Editor, Post Production Supervisor & Colourist: James van der Moezel
  • Original Soundtrack: Marcus Hooper and Andy Heaney
  • Sound design and recording: James van der Moezel and Glen Ryan
  • BRINDABELLAS | development
  • Preview: May 30, 2014 – Arc Cinema – National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia.
  • VOD release (five parts): from May 28, 2015 – Vimeo on Demand
  • Edge of Light (feature-length): September 30, 2015 – Vimeo on Demand
  • Public release (22 chapters): from August, 2016 – iView, Vimeo, YouTube
  • Runtime: 140 minutes (Edge of Light)
  • Colour: black and white
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:1
  • Camera: Full-spectrum modified RED Epic-X and Red Epic-X – Nikkor lenses
  • Negative Format:  Redcode RAW 5K
no film school | BRINDABELLAS
ABC iView

platform | ABC iView (Australia)
series |  Brindabellas Shorts

publication | ABC Arts | Facebook
series |  Brindabellas Shorts

publication | Cinescopophilia
article |  All 22 Chapters of BRINDABELLAS …

publication | Miller Tripods | News
articleSilver Dory Cutting-Edge Film Brindabellas…

BRINDABELLAS on red.com

publication | RED.COM
article |  Silver Dory’s Brindabellas …

Votif Earth

publication | Votiv Earth
article |  Film of the Day – Brindabellas

Creative Planet

publication | Creative Planet Network
article | Infrared Cinematography Makes Australia’s Stunning Natural Landscapes Even More Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful

publication | newsshooter.com
article |  Brindabellas: an infrared RED Epic film

publication | REDUSER | USA
article | “Brindabellas” Stunning Infared landscapes shot on modified infrared RED EPIC

publication | Canberra Times / Sydney Morning Herald | Australia
article |  Brindabellas: Glen Ryan’s Canberra-made online film has striking imagery

media + press | BRINDABELLAS

publication | ZOOMIT.IR | Iran
article |  Exclusive interview with Glen Ryan – creative artists of our time

publication | antesis – paisaje y cultura | Argentina
issue no. 1 |  Landscapes Unseen

publication | Cinescopophilia | Australia
article | Brindabellas Part One Summer, an Infrared Film From Australian Cinephenom – Silver Dory Productions