television company Channel
Four commissioned the production company Windfall
Films to make a six-part series to celebrate the 2000 A.D. millennium.
The series was conceived, filmed and edited between September 1998 and
I was involved
as an advisor and in some of the filming. I decided not only to contribute
to the series itself, but document what I could about the process of
making a television series for British television.
the kindness of Windfall Films, and particularly David Dugan and Carlo
Massarella, and with much support from Sarah Harrison, I assembled a
set of materials which surround the actual films. A brief
description of the process was published in 2001.
a book to accompany the series:
'The Day the World Took Off, The Roots of the Industrial Revolution'
by Sally & David Dugan, Channel 4 Books 2000
the discussions which lay behind the series; a discussion of the founding
of the production company
unscripted seminars in which five scholars talked about the history
of the world over the last ten thousand years
additional filming in various locations (China, Japan, Britain, Nepal,
Australia, America, Venice, Istanbul) and on a number of themes
examples of the way in which the film was shot and edited
the six films themselves (each 50 minutes)
discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of the film by those involved
were made on either high quality (digibeta) video or on a small digital
video camera. The material was then copied onto VHS, digitized onto
an Apple Mac, roughly edited and compressed to MPEG 4.