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International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012

By - Richard - 30th June 2012

For the past couple of months we have been working in collaboration with the fantastic International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012.

Produced by DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome, the biennial event is one of the largest dance festivals in the world. Animating the city and capturing the imagination, the dance festival brings a remarkable line-up of outstanding dance to theatres, streets and public spaces across Birmingham and the West Midlands

Swift Films was commissioned to provide filming coverage of the festival for a range of indoor and outdoor performances. The climax to the festival was a large outdoor adaptation of the classic Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire as angels gathered on rooftops and the whole of the city’s Victoria Square came alive with jaw-dropping circus acrobatics and exhilarating dance. The show was performed on a 360 degree plain surrounding the audience as surprises came from all corners, culminating in a sequence of glorious technicolour projections, bathing the city’s Town Hall in magical moving imagery.

Hosted by Goldie, audiences of up to 3000 people came for four consecutive nights to witness a unique love story unfold. With up to six camera operators covering the subtle nuances of the complex show, producing the filming coverage has been a real logistical challenge but a thoroughly rewarding experience. You can currently view the ‘Wings of Desire’ Showreel here.

About the Author

Richard Nicholls - Managing Director

Before launching Swift Films, Richard worked as a broadcast TV director and editor, working on programmes for the BBC, ITV and Sky.

A multi-skilled and technically-minded filmmaker, Richard is equally at home coming up with creative concepts as he is on location filming or pulling footage together in the edit suite.

Richard is a member of Independent Producers Scotland and has a love of cats, football, chocolate and Film Noir (in that order).