Central Park - Plymouth 2020

For this project, I wanted to try and capture the spirit of Central Park and its surroundings in a promotional clip, highlighting all the iconic areas and people’s perceptions about the park and its surroundings. Initially, the idea was to film every iconic part of the park with specialised equipment and even fly a drone to have a different perspective of the park. I also wanted to conduct interviews in a relaxed, informal way to record impressions about the park, its history, developments etc. 

With all the limitations in these unprecedented times and with a phone in hand, I managed to get some footage. I have had some participation from the public, I even managed to fly a drone remotely. After months of bad weather, lock-down and social distancing, I finally put something together in a way which I intended at the start - featuring a motivational, happy, sunny day at the park for everyone.

I would like to thank all the people and their beautiful pets that kindly helped me and participated in the video clip. Including many other people that because of the strange times we are living in now couldn't participate, thank you all.

About the artist

Renato Vidal Ballon

It’s difficult to describe what I do because it’s constantly changing and I’m always adapting to the environment around me. At this moment in time, I’m a producer, actor and director of film and television. Since I was a child, I had a passion for film, music, football and surfing. My travelling around the world and time spent living in places like New York, Los Angeles, Cuzco, Tokyo and now the UK has given me a wide vision of the world. I feel this has also made me more compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, and musical.

 

For this project, I wanted to try and capture the spirit of Central Park in a promotional clip, highlighting all the iconic areas and people’s perceptions about the park and its surroundings. 

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A collaboration between University of Plymouth Media Arts students and Fotonow, exploring the history of Central Park.

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