CONSTRUCTION OF ORKNEY WIND TURBINE

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Places:

  • Orkney Islands

Subjects:

  • Construction and engineering
  • Power resources

Genres:

  • Documentary

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: CONSTRUCTION OF ORKNEY WIND TURBINE

Reference number: 6387

Date: 1955*

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 11.47 mins

Description: Construction of the Orkney Wind Turbine. Footage includes general views of a car and tractor being stuck on a snowy hillside, the wind turbine under construction in the factory, transporting the turbine to Orkney, the large wooden crates driving thorugh Stromness as well as the turbine under construction and being switched on.

Shotlist: surf on large coastal rocks (0.12) Orkney landscape, snow in b/ground, sheep in f/ground (0.18) car getting stuck on snowy track, man shovelling snow (1.07) tractor slowly negotiating snowy track (1.28) elevated view, pan agricultural landscape from coast to coast (2.06) lowering of machinery onto wooden deck, lifting of machinery by chain (2.45) man smoking cigarette supervises dismantling and lifting of smaller piece of turbine (2.45) c/u turbine machinery (3.05) turbine machinery being lifted in workshop, gvs men working on it as turbine blade turns (4.19) c/u crate with stamp 'Orkney Windmill Kirkwall, Orkney via Aberdeen' (4.25) ext., crates being loaded on ship at wooden harbour, intercut with brief footage heavy swells (4.56) view of street, crate on truck in b/ground, man climbing on crate (5.18) truck driving in Kirkwall street (5.29) large crate being held on timber frame, truck in b/ground (5.59) man at winch, pan around to other men working on machinery being lifted to form turbine (6.23) 4 men at winch intercut with shot of large turbine. Man climbing on cables at top (7.26) man at coast in sou'wester, being buffeted by wind. Man with hood down carrying two kettles, he fills them with slush (7.55) int. men eating and passing bottle (8.10) ext., large cross-shaped pylon, closer view weathervane at top (8.27) power switches being flicked on, including control circuit, control selector, non-auto control, disengage clutch (8.49) turbine in operation (8.53) raise load button being held down on non-auto load regulation control, intercut with shots of turbine (9.08) engage clutch button, turbine, men watching (9.16) turbine not moving, c/u blades (9.28) men watching , slightly further away view of turbine as it rotates (10.03) closer view (10.27) men climbing up turbine pylon (10.41) elevated view looking down as man climbs up to platform (10.59) surf on large coastal rocks (11.02) elevated view looking down as men climbs up (11.14) surf on large coastal rocks (11.17) man at turbine, he climbs inside (11.23) surf on large coastal rocks (11.28) turbine in action (11.44) The End (11.47)