edge of light



part one | summer



part two | autumn



part three | winter



part four | spring



part five | summer (returns)






edge of light

available now

brindabellas |edge of light –  the debut film release from silver dory productions – is now available for purchase. This final complete version includes all five parts (remastered) plus previously unseen footage and is now available as an HD download (via Vimeo on Demand) and both HD and 4K flash drives. These flash drives are also available bundled with the brindabellas – elements monograph while limited stocks of both remain available.  Other options now include:

1. HD Vimeo on Demand – download
2. HD flash drive  (as above but less compressed)
3. HD flash drive + brindabellas – elements book (special package)
4. 4K flash drive (4096 x 2048 | 70+ Mbps) limited edition
5. 4K flash drive + brindabellas – elements (premium) book (special package)
6. Anything elsecontact us and we’ll see what we can do!

Note | the original five parts – summer, autumn, winter, spring and summer (returns) are also still available for rent or purchase separately via Vimeo on Demand.

brindabellas | edge of light features the sky and landscapes of the Canberra region of Australia – in particular the Brindabella Ranges – captured in monochromatic (near) infrared.  This feature-length film (140+ minutes in total) focuses on the interplay of mountain light, air and water as these elements are transformed across the seasons – from clouds to mist, rain and snow – then frost and ice – and onto creeks and rivers. It explores both the wider montane vistas of the Brindabellas and the more intimate details of the natural flows that are created by these mountains and, in turn, shape the very landscapes they arise from.

brindabellas has been the main ongoing silver dory near-infrared project since early 2013 – with just on two years in the field filming and more than two years in production.

brindabellas | part five | summer (returns)

brindabellas | part four | spring

brindabellas | part three | winter

brindabellas | part two | autumn

brindabellas | part one | summer

brindabellas | Voyage


Other brindabellas project components include:

1. brindabellas – elements: a limited edition monograph (444 only) featuring both images from the print series and a range of frames from the film | available now 
2. brindabellas – printsthe collection of fine-art prints created while in the field shooting the film | available now

frame from the film
frame from the film

brindabellas | development

brindabellas evolved out of the short motion piece karst country (2013) which was produced to explore the possibilities of creating near-infrared motion. As with karst country, brindabellas was developed and written with James van der Moezel – head of post production at silver dory. Production started in  June 2013 with the aim of creating a feature-length near-infrared film featuring the cloud and landscapes of the Brindabella Ranges near Canberra, Australia | additional notes on location

In October 2013, the nature of this filming changed significantly with the arrival of a modified full-spectrum RED Epic-X Digital Cinema camera. This allowed the capture of near-infrared motion at both normal and high-speed frame-rates (in 5K resolution). Up to this point filming had been largely limited to time lapse footage of wider landscapes (as seen in karst country). With the addition of faster frame rates, the emphasis turned to filming the smaller elements – rain, running water, snow, frost and ice – that both shape and are shaped by the montane landscapes of the Brindabellas | examples

In early 2014, the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra invited us to preview the project as it then stood. For this we prepared a 38 minute 4K version featuring a range of early footage, which was shown to a full house at the NFSA’s 4K Arc Cinema on May 30 in a one-off preview screening | more details

From May 28, 2015 the five individual parts were released online with an original soundtrack by Canberra musicians Marcus Hooper and Andy Heaney.

On September 30, 2015  the remastered brindabellas | edge of light was released as a single (feature-length) film.

frame from the film
frame from the film

brindabellas | film details

Concept: developed and written by Glen Ryan and James van der Moezel.
Producer: Glen Ryan | silver dory productions
Cinematographer: Glen Ryan
Camera Operator & First Assistant Camera: James van der Moezel
Editor, Post Production Supervisor & Colourist: James van der Moezel
Original Soundtrack: Marcus Hooper and Andy Heaney
Sound design and recording: James van der Moezel and Glen Ryan

Preview: May 30, 2014 – Arc Cinema – National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia.
General release: from May 28, 2015 (initially in separate parts – Vimeo on Demand)
Runtime: 140 minutes (edge of light)
Colour: black and white
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Camera: Full-spectrum modified RED Epic-X and Red Epic-X – Nikkor lenses
Negative Format:  Redcode RAW 5K

James van der Moezel

James van der Moezel | more

Marcus Hooper

Marcus Hooper | more

Andy Heaney

Andy Heaney | more

Glen Ryan

Glen Ryan | more

frame from the film
frame from the film

infrared v near-infrared

brindabellas was filmed and photographed using near-infra photographic techniques. In photography these are often defined as just infrared but near-infrared is a more accurate description as the wavelengths recorded fall within the near-infrared spectrum: 750 – 1400 nanometres (nm)By comparison, light that’s visible to the typical human eye lies between 390 and 700nm.

Longer wavelengths used for other infrared applications, like thermal imaging, are not recorded with these techniques. So the brindabellas images are not directly reflecting the temperature of the landscapes – they are simply created from light slightly beyond the range of the human eye.

Glen Ryan – silver dory productions
November 2015