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about salvage

The real cure for our environmental problems is to understand that our job is to salvage Mother Nature. We are facing a formidable enemy in this field.

Jacques Yves Cousteau

This film was inspired by Jacques' quote highlighting the fight that mankind has to preserve and protect nature. In finding these tanks and other military vehicles, all slowly rotting away, it became clear that nature has a strength of its own. The way that it could reduce seemingly impregnable beasts to wrecks gave hope. Nature will somehow find away to cling to life.


'salvage' was shot on location on a former military training ground. Here redundant military vehicles are sunk in watery pits to be dragged out, rescued and left recovering. An ignominious end to what could be percieved a glorious battle beasts. As these expensive pieces of metal rest nature tries its best to reduce them to nothing more than their constituent elements. The result is that mosses, grasses, ferns and even trees grow from machines that were designed to destroy things created by nature - man. It finds a foothold, it overcomes. The irony that nature can overtake and reduce these hulks to little more than skeletons shows the tenacity of nature. Surely this should give mankind hope.


The film's score was created with the support of Machinefabriek.


Through the use of timelapse, working with two Canon 650D DSLRs running Magic Lantern and a TLPro head the film was shot over 10 days. Post-production in After Effects and edited in Premier.