Merging with takayna - Tarkine in Motion Artists
Forest merge photograph above by Wendy McDougall, body painting by Orly Faya.
The following artists have contributed to the making of 'Merging with takayna'. Artists appear in alphabetical order and samples of their work used in the film are displayed as images below each artist description. We celebrate the generous contribution of all Tarkine in Motion artists to the campaign to Protect takayna and give thanks to the tireless work of the Bob Brown Foundation to defend Earth's wild places.
SCOTT BIRD is a singer/songwriter, recording and touring artist, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and teacher and has dedicated his life to songs. “I grew up in a physical environment that left an indelible mark on my soul. I come from the wild places and through my music, I endeavour to recreate this physical space and transport the listener into these surroundings.” Scott is a co-owner of Riversong Music and custodian of The Valley Wilderness Retreat. Scott co-wrote, produced and recorded the soundtrack 'Red Blood Moon' for Merging with takayna, with Melissa Black. www.thevalley.net.au
TRUDI BIRD is the co-founder of Riversong Music, an independent record label based on the Central Coast of NSW. She has been involved in artist development and producing independent music for almost 30 years with her partner Scott Bird, and has a passion for photography, film and visual art. Trudi grew up in Redpa with takayna as her playground and her family continue to live and farm in Redpa today. Trudi is also a custodian of The Valley Wilderness Retreat. www.thevalley.net.au
MELISSA BLACK is a classically trained pianist, singer songwriter and recording artist. Her music has always come from a deep connection with nature and the emotional strength which comes from recognising those bonds. The supporting visual pieces which were filmed entirely on location in takayna were created to accompany the release of ‘The Eden Project’, her debut five track EP. www.melissablack.com.au | Images of Melissa Black below are by Wendy McDougall, body painting by Orly Faya.
DAN BROUN is a wilderness photographer and film maker specialising in remote area work. He has a deep affection for Tasmania's wild places. Dan is also the curator of the Tarkine In Motion arts initiative.
TIM COPE - National Geographic Adventure Honoree 2007, Australian Adventurer of the year 2006 - is a 39 year old from Gippsland, Victoria (Australia), who is pursuing a life of adventure, writing, and film. Tim, who speaks fluent Russian, and guides in Siberia, and Mongolia, has spent the best part of a decade travelling Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. Most of all Tim enjoys coming to know people in their home environments by traveling in traditional and local ways. His most renowned journey was a three and a half year odyssey from Mongolia to Hungary by horse on the trail of Genghis Khan and in the spirit of the nomads of the steppe. www.timcopejourneys.com
CHRIS FOX - Chris brings his engineering and technical innovation to Ignite Digi. He is their chief pilot, designer and engineer. If you want the camera moved, he will make it so. Whether flying the drone, wearing the MōVI or driving the MōVI mounted car around, he understands the demands of a film set and strives to save minutes of the shoot day by engineering efficient and safe designs.
TOM WAUGH - Tom brings his creative eye to Ignite Digi. He is their in house cinematographer, MōVI controller and editor. His AFTRS cinematography training, years of camera assisting and on set work have prepared him well for this role. Whether working in the creative team discussing the next shot, pulling focus or operating the MōVI, Tom understands visual storytelling and brings both creative and technical knowledge to productions.