For Porcupine Tree’s final album THE INCIDENT, released in 2009, I was commissioned to shoot video for the track
THE YELLOW WINDOWS OF THE EVENING TRAIN and timelapse for the 12 min. centre piece TIME FLIES.
For both pieces the brief was to capture ‘…memories of summers past…’
which might have been a little easier had not the summer of 2008 been one of the worst in UK history. Several motion control shots were 2nd and 3rd attempts in the same locations. The entire effort took about 10 weeks.
I also shot a lot of abstract elements for use in the middle section of TIME FLIES. The light-writing technique came about almost accidentally. On a windswept Dartmoor night, an elaborate motion control shot was ruined by bad weather. In frustration I used a torch to write the name of the album in the air, before the rain hit. They liked the effect and asked me to do timelapse versions, spelling out fragments of the lyrics.
The original concept for the video was markedly different to the final version,
and abandoned less than two weeks prior to delivery deadline.
Once again the images were manipulated and edited by director Lasse Hoile, and featured in both a stand-alone 5 min. single edit / video, which can be seen (sadly in rather lo-res) here and in the full length live projection / edit here
One of SW / PT’s signature songs, it is also one of their most popular, with 3.5 million views.
The stills below are again the unprocessed camera originals.