Frances Lansing is an American sculptor who designed the sculptures in the Bosco della ragnaia. They are not sculptures displayed in the garden, but they are really part of it. The music was especially done by Minna Orvokki Nygren, a young composer from Finland.  This is the third film I make on this very special place designed by American artist Sheppard Craige and I hope to do more as it is an amazing garden.

If you pass this weekend by Gaillac, in southwestern France, my film ‘The Bosco della Ragnaia”, a garden by US artist Sheppard Craige, will be screened during the ‘Cinefeuille’ garden film festival on Saturday, May 17 in the evening.

 

I will leave Italy in a few weeks so I am very happy that one of my films on Sheppard Craige’s garden, “winter in the Bosco della Ragnaia”, was shown yesterday at Venice Biennale as part of a conference by Marco Martella, the founder of the ‘Revue Jardins’. The conference was untitled “Lasciarsi al bosco” ‘Indulging to the forest”. 

 

Auguri

January 9, 2013

Auguri !  I wish you a happy new year…

I was commissioned to make a second film on the Bosco della Ragnaia during wintertime so I went there last week  to shoot the first sequences. As I was filming very early morning, I took pictures of this series of thoughts engraved by Sheppard Craige in the garden. They might become my motto for the coming year.

 

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The short documentary on the Bosco della Ragnaia I shot in May is online. The film was commissioned by Sheppard Craige, the artist making  this incredible garden, to keep the record of the place as it was in spring 2012. It was really nice to work with him as he gave me full freedom to shoot the documentary.  He didn’t want to be in the film, but I finally managed to convince him to record his voice and to appear very briefly in a sequence.

I have done radio documentaries for France-Culture and BBC Radio4 and this is my first try at doing a documentary film on a garden. It is not an easy thing as a garden is very quiet, doesn’t move much. It is all about contemplation and slow movement. I wanted the film to be also a portrait of an artist.

My friends Bernadette Dupont in Belgium and Laure in Paris, who are both producing movies, gave me useful advices during the editing and several friends photographers or working in the design field sent me also their views on the first versions I made. Thanks to everyone!

I know I will keep going on with the Bosco as Sheppard already asked me to shoot a second film, something very different,  next autumn and winter. I am also looking forward to shoot films on other gardens.

 

 

I spent three days shooting a film on the Bosco della Ragnaia in Tuscany. I shared my time between the Campo (the field) and the Bosco (the wood) and interviewing Sheppard Craige, the American artist who is building this amazing place. Fortunately, the bad weather lasted only one day and overall, I was lucky to get some beautiful images and record peaceful sounds.

 

A camera set for a time lapse sequence. The placard reads : ” Thanks not to touch me, I am taking pictures. Grazie! ”

 

Sheppard Craige (L) and I getting ready for an interview

 

Carrying the equipment around the nine-hectare garden