2011 09 03- Where the Whales Sing wins Masterworks Art Gallery Charman Prize Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

From Masterworks press release:


"Competing with all 93 entrants, Mr. Stevenson's film, a documentary entitled "Where the Whales Sing", explores the wonders of the Bermuda environment and ocean-life. It was chosen for being an outstanding example of the competition's four judging criteria; Design and Composition - fine use of the principles and elements of design and composition; Use of Material - technical mastery and skill in a chosen medium; Distinctive and Convincing Style - a highly developed quality of creativity and originality; and Source of Inspiration - a clear intent and vision.

The story behind Andrew's film is remarkable; three years ago he embarked on what seemed like an interesting and challenging project to film the North Atlantic humpback whales underwater in the middle of their mid-ocean migratory crossings. The humpback whales have since become an overriding passion, and with his daughter Elsa he takes us on their journey of discovery. This award winning film (Best Emerging Underwater Filmmaker - BLUE Ocean Film Festival 2010) is the first time a documentary film has been chosen as a winner in the Charman Prize, and the decision was a unanimous one by the judging panel"

Betty Krulik states: "This film is an incredible achievement! Not only in its message but more importantly in its relevance to Bermuda's past, present and future. Sensitively presented, beautifully filmed and edited, it is engaging, charming, informative, AND gorgeously composed. Like a Visconti film, every frame is like a beautifully balanced and composed painting."

Tom Butterfield, Creative Director & Founder says: "This year's winner embodies the core values of the Charman Prize and is a work of exceptional execution. It will build awareness and enhance the museum experience, and at the same time raise the bar of the visual arts."


For photos, see below

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While everyone was inside Masterworks looking at the artwork in competition for the Charman prize, I was outside with Elsa and Somers collecting toads' eggs

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The audience waits for the winner of the Charman prize to be announced (photos Camilla Stringer)

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John Charman presents his award to Elsa and I. Elsa narrated the film and was given a dragon as her prize. Above right, asleep with her clothes on, Icicle the Dragon keeps a watchful eye over his new friend and owner. Congrats Elsa! And thanks so much to John Charman and Tom Butterfield, Katie Waters and everyone at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art!

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