More microscopic magic by Craig Ward

Craig Ward’s short promo film for Jon Hopkins’ forthcoming album, Immunity, (out on Domino in early June) features unlikely stars: microscopic food dye crystals…

Craig Ward‘s short promo film for Jon Hopkins‘ forthcoming album, Immunity, (out on Domino in early June) features unlikely stars: microscopic food dye crystals…

Jon Hopkins – Immunity official teaser video from Craig Ward on Vimeo.

Ward worked on the promo with Linden Gledhill (regular CR blog readers may recall the pair worked together on last year’s Cascades video for Ryan Teague) who combined the role of ‘crystal cultivator’ and DOP, growing food dye crystals and shooting them using a research grade Olympus BH-2 microscope and a Canon EOS 5D mark II camera rigged up with some LED lighting and a high speed flash.

“The microscope also uses Differencial Interference Contrast optics (DIC), a special technique which allow the observer to see normally transparant objects,” Gledhill explains of his set-up. “It’s the tuning of these optics which creates the wide range of colours. Most of the images were done at 100 to 1000x magnification.”

A selection of images from the 10,000+ images taken by Gledhill during the process will also be used in the design of the album cover which Ward is currently working on.


Director Craig Ward
Producer Cathy Kwan
Exec producer James Stevenson Bretton
Production company Blinkart & Hornet Inc.
Crystal cultivator/DOP Linden Gledhill
Editor R.J. Glass
Compositor Shir Lieberman
Colour correction Yussef Cole

See more of Craig Ward’s work at BlinkArt.

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