QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 77 - Page 9

Walid explained: “For The Helix, we are using a combination of static cameras as well as some cameras on tracks and some hand-held work. This will provide more flexibility when it comes to capturing and selecting a variety of images. We believe that the combination of techniques employed over the duration of a project of this length has never actually been done before. It’s the combination of using images from both static and moving cameras that make this project different.” The result from 42 days of filming will be a million photos of the Kelpies and Falkirk. In other words, an editing job of monumental proportions. Walid’s work came to the attention of an international audience in 2011 and 2012 when his short film ‘Bra-et Al Rouh’ (Innocence of the Spirit) was screened at festivals in Cannes, The Hamptons (New York), Las Vegas, Cape Cod, and Rennes. He picked up seven awards in the process. ‘Bra-et Al Rouh’ was also screened in the Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace in February this year. During 2012, Walid perfected his unique time lapse/stop motion technique during the production of the two Kinetic Edinburgh films which he used as research for his up and coming film ‘Avaritia’. Walid said: “The last year has been a bit of a surprise. My initial intention was to research the best way of doing stop motion/time lapse techniques so that I could employ them on another film that could enter the festival circuit. So the Kinetic Edinburgh films were my research projects. I never expected to get such a huge reaction from both a Scottish and international audience. It has been overwhelming.” He continued: “It’s amazing to think that what was essentially a research exercise has ended up with my involvement in The Helix, one of Scotland's largest arts and regeneration projects. I’m excited by the enormity of the opportunity and the chance to create a totally new piece of visual work which will be internationally accessible. I hope I can make a small contribution in helping both the local community and international visitors to see Falkirk through new eyes – as an area which pays homage to its routes as Scotland’s industrial heartland but one which has emerged as a vibrant, sustainable and contemporary attraction which significantly strengthens Scotland’s tourism offering.” This is also great news for our film and media students, as Walid will be feeding his new-found skills and experience back into his teaching. It means that students will be learning from a lecturer who is also working at the cutting- edge of a major commercial project.” ❒ Mike King, Project Director for The Helix, said: “This project will have a major impact on both the people of Falkirk and its landscape and will put the area firmly on the international map. We wanted to capture the entire build process in a contemporary, thought- provoking way and Walid had the perfect credentials. The time lapse production will be used in lots of different ways to bring the story of The Helix and The Kelpies to life.” Richard Butt, Dean of the School of Arts, Social Sciences & Management, said: “We are delighted that Walid’s creative and technical talents have been recognised by The Helix. We are all very excited about QMU’s involvement in such a substantial and innovative Scottish project. We wanted to capture the entire build process in a contemporary, thought-provoking way and Walid had the perfect credentials. Mike King, Project Director for The Helix QMYOU / Creativity & Culture / Knowledge Exchange 9