QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 8

QMU film maker to capture Scotland’s largest arts project Following the popularity of his stunning time-lapse images of Edinburgh during the festive period, an award-winning film maker is to capture the development of one of Scotland’s largest arts projects on film. W ALID SALHAB, Media Practice Lecturer at QMU, enthralled an international audience with his Kinetic Edinburgh films which combine stop motion and time-lapse techniques. His second film, Kinetic Edinburgh II, released at Christmas 2012, received over three million hits on YouTube. His creative skills have now been engaged by The Helix, a land transformation project driven by Falkirk Council and Scottish Canals which is turning 350 hectares of land between Falkirk and Grangemouth into a vibrant new parkland with visitor attractions. Walid has been contracted to produce a time lapse/stop motion film of the Helix project as it moves toward completion. His main focus will be the 75-day construction phase of 'The Kelpies', two 30 metre high steel-plated sculptures of horses’ heads, weighing over 600 tonnes, which will tower above the Forth & Clyde Canal and form a dramatic gateway at the eastern entrance to Helix Park. The filming, which started at the end of June and will last for four months, will capture the construction of both sculptures. Each Kelpie head will be positioned either side of a specifically constructed lock and basin, which is part of the redeveloped canal hub. Created by Scottish sculptor Andy Scott, The Kelpies are a monument to the horse-powered industrial and agricultural heritage across Central Scotland. Commuters travelling on the M9 can already see the sculptures taking shape. Walid will turn his footage, shot over 42 separate days, into a three minute time lapse/stop motion film. Images of The Kelpies construction will account for 90 seconds, with the remaining running time showcasing other visitor attractions within the Falkirk area including The Falkirk Wheel, Falkirk Stadium, and the newly refurbished Bo’ness Theatre. 8 QMYOU / Creativity & Culture / Knowledge Exchange Film makers from all over the world were inspired and intrigued by the unique technique used by Walid to create Kinetic Edinburgh I and II. Surprisingly, no sliders or tracks were used, with all images painstakingly recorded by a hand-held camera. Each film was made up of over 10,000 individual photos all pieced together to create the illusion of movement.