"Sacred Site", A short film in 65mm Omnimax
Published in The Big Frame,
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Written by: The Big Frame, 1986.
Reprinted with written permission from
Kelly Germain, Giant Screen Cinema
The Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Canticle Films, Inc., have launched an
OMNIMAX/IMAX time-lapse film project to cinematically explore the range of
light and motion in the night skies. Focusing on the 1986 apparition of
Halley's Comet over central Australia, the four-week production effort was
directed by "Chronos" filmmaker
Ron Fricke at Ayers Rock, sacred site of the
Aborigines (and comet watchers from all over the world).|
The short film (three to five minutes in length) has the working title "Night Fires," drawn from the Aboriginal mythology which considers the stars
to be the campfire of those who inhabit the sky world. Images of a
surprisingly bright comet are set near the majestic Milky Way of the
southern night sky and contrasted by the spectacle of a total lunar eclipse.
"Chronos" composer Michael Stearns will create the soundtrack for "Night
Fires." Michael Glasheen of Tetravision in Australia was field producer. For
details on distribution please contact Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch at (619) 238-1233.
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"Sacred Site" credits
Original titel: Sacred Site. Working Title: Night Fires.
Retitled: Night of the comet. New US title from around May 1992. Filmed in: 65mm 15 perf.
Principal cinematography filmed in: Omnimax. Presentation format: Omnimax.
County of origin: USA. Year of production: 1986. Danish premiere: 31.10.1989.
Premiere cinema: Tycho Brahe Planetarium. |
Producer: Ron Fricke.
Director: Ron Fricke. Director of photography: Ron Fricke. Film editor: Ron Fricke.
Music composed and performed by: Michael Stearns. Production company: A Canticle Films, Ltd. production for The Reuben
H. Fleet space theatre. Executive producer: Jeffrey W Kirsch. Camera/Editing assistant and production coordinator: Steven Marble.
Camera system: Canticle Film Productions, Inc. Sound system: six-track magnetic stereophonic sound.
Soundtrack: Recorded and mixed at M'Ocean Studio, Santa Monica,
California, USA. Transfers: Joseph Piantodosi, Lions Gate Films. Field producer Australia: Michael Blasheen.
Filming locations: Ayers Rock, Australia. Additional astro
cinematography filmed at Siding Spring Observatory. Filming periode: April 1986.
Studio manager and production coordinator: Debra Jean Rawdin. The producers wish to thank: The astronomers: Clint Hatchet, Graham
Mercer, Steven Lee, Greg Welch, Donn, Reiners, Steven Beuznberg. United
States: Institute for astronomy University of Hawaii. Haleakala Observatory
Dr Don Hale, Director. Dave Garcia machinist, Dave-CO Precision. Jimm
Sorensen MGM Laboratories, Moldex/Metric, Inc. Australia: Australian
National Parks and Wildlife service. Ayers Rock, Northern Territory. Lynn
Baker and Chip Morgan. Australian National University Observatory, Siding
Spring, New South Wales, Dr. John Dawe, Director. Halley's watch site, Ayers
Rock, Northern Territory. Optical printing: Imagica Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.
70mm prints: MGM Metrocolor. Color timer: Bill Pine. Distributer: 1986: Reuben H. Fleet space theatre, San Diego, USA.
1993: Destination Cinema.
Synopsis: High speed film and time-lapse photography combined to
create breathtaking images of the night sky and Halley's Comet in this
astronomical short subject.
Credits assembled by Thomas Hauerslev
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