An expanded cinema multi-artform performance aboard the tall ship Kaskelot.
Celluloid Sail is a unique touring performance and film screening. Circus is combined with projection mapped archive footage and displayed on the sails of the tall ship Kaskelot. It was delivered across the UK as part of BFI’s ‘Britain On Film’ programme, dedicated to engaging audiences with archive film. We were responsible for delivering the complex projection mapping and programming the video content to synchronise with the performance.
Rising sea levels made the projection mapping aspect of this project very difficult. Projectors were mounted both on and off the ship to get the required coverage.
Celluloid Sail is a unique archive, film and circus experience aboard the Tall Ship Kaskelot. Using a multi-artform approach, located archive footage is projected onto the sails of the Kaskelot in harbours across the UK. Specially constructed screens and audio installations are hidden within the bowels of the ship, ready for audiences to discover.
As night falls, the vessel then transforms into an expanded cinema; before the film starts, audiences sat on the water’s edge are treated to an archive film infused live circus performance on the ship’s rigging.
Celluloid Sail was the BFI’s flagship and only touring production for their ‘Coast & Sea’ themed, third and final year of ‘Britain On Film’; a programme dedicated to engaging audiences with archive film