The Last Lighthouse Keeper
A narrated poem recited as the last lighthouse keeper prepares to take final his journey back to shore, this short film looks at one of the most legendary occupations to be replaced by automation.
Following the keeper’s story from the high-tech invention of the lighthouse – which still needed a person to tend the light – to eventual redundancy, the film reflects on how change and innovation can both create and destroy myths.
There are two versions of the film: one in standard footage, the other in 360 capture, which is viewable in a VR headset. The 360 version allows the lighthouse keeper to talk directly to the audience, as if they were in the same room.
The poem mentions a lighthouse and a ship – this location combines both. LV21 is a former lightship – a lighthouse at sea. Built in 1963, Lightvessel 21 is the last of the renowned Philip & Son’s ships to be commissioned by Trinity House, completing most of her service off the Kent coast and retiring in 2008. LV21 is now based on the River Thames at Gravesend and has become one of Kent’s prime platforms for cultural activities.
Shot in both standard footage and as a 360 production
Cast & Crew
|Lighthouse Keeper:||John Locke|
|Cinematographer/Editor||Alexx Paul Sherman|
|Digital Image Technician/Production Assistant:||Adam Stox|
|Assistant Producer:||Justin Hillier|
|Cinematography & camera for 360 version:||Michael Danks|