Mediations: Philip Young

  • Mediations comments on public relations theory and practice, with an emphasis on social media and communication ethics. Philip Young is project leader for NEMO: New Media, Modern Democracy at Campus Helsingborg, Lund University, Sweden. All views expressed here are personal and should not be seen as representing Lund University or any other organisation.

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    'Having even less a clue afterwards than before...' Sounds like the academic year has already started again and students are back in full force :-D ...
    Anyway, hope the company was better than the film. Pity I couldn't attend but I am sure Anne-Marie and Els did a good job!

    It was, and they did.

    I'm the Director of Photography of LOST KINGDOM. I am an American. Just by chance I ran across your posting. I wanted to say thank you for your kind words about the beauty of the film. I'm sorry to say I agree that the "narrative" is a bit confusing, but that wasn't my job. My job was to try to capture the magic of the Lake District. As you say, it wasn't hard to do. I just fell in love with the land.

    As you point out, the main purpose of the film was PR for the Lake District. The making of the film was extremely difficult. The summer we filmed was the worse for weather in the Lake District in many, many years. We couldn't promote a "rainy" Lake District. In one shot alone, at the Wordsworth cottage, we stood, waiting in one camera position for the sun to come out, camera ready, actors ready, in a drizzling mist 2.5 hours. We waited 6 months for a window of weather good enough to get the "swooping aerials" to which you refer. We got up each day praying for a bit of sun. Due to the heavy 70mm camera we used, the British Civil Aeronautics Board would not allow us to fly a British helicopter, which we might have obtained locally. The only helicopter and pilot we could get were from France. When the helicopter arrived, the pilot couldn't understand English very well, and none spoken with the Cumbria accent. I had to translate conversations with Air Traffic Control! With winter approaching, we just didn't have the luxury of waiting for the English speaking pilot.

    Of course, no one cares about the story behind the making of a film when the film is not considered "good", as the comment posted by Phillip Young suggests it was not. It doesn't matter that we where hampered at almost every turn by weather, government or budget. And as a filmmaker and film watcher, I understand this sentiment. I make no excuses for story or film. It is what it is.

    However, comments like yours make me happy to have been part the amazing experience of making LOST KINGDOM. That we succeeded in doing ANY justice to the magnificence of the Lake District is icing on the cake. I am pleased to pass on your comments to the crew members who always gave their all to make the best 70mm film we could what little we had. My thanks and congratulations to Westmorland Motorway Services to the many years of success they have achieved. John Dunning took a big chance to make this kind of tribute and promotion of the land he loves. I am happy to see his gamble has paid off.

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