Short Films

We are showcasing some short films that feature elements of Scotland's natural world. These range from natural history projects, to documentary and experiemental film.


Kinetic Scotland: The East (2013)

Dir. Walid Salhab

Award-winning filmmaker Walid Salhab has created this captivating time lapse/stop motion film which celebrates the natural beauty of south east Scotland.

Kinetic Scotland: The East from walid salhab on Vimeo.

Walid, a media practice lecturer at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, wanted his film 'Kinetic East' to be a celebration of the wonderful summer which the Scots had been longing for. The film highlights some of Scotland's hidden treasures such as the expanse of Ravensheugh Beach in East Lothian and the waterfall at Cramond, as well as some of the better known tourist spots like the harbour at Dunbar and Aberlady Nature Reserve.

Walid said: "I am lucky enough to live in such a beautiful part of Scotland, and I really wanted to capture some of the amazing evenings and sunsets which we enjoyed this summer. Part of the filming process took me to unspoiled locations, some of which I experienced for the first time. My favourite has to be Ravensheugh Beach near Tyinghame and also the viewing point at Gullane, East Lothian where I was able to capture a glimpse of Muirfield in the lead up to the golf Open Champions.

He continued: "The great thing about this summer was the opportunity to see such incredible sunsets at our beaches. You can visit the beach ever night and have a different visual experience – the sunsets were totally different every time."

Walid's Kinetic films use a style of filming which combines the use of time lapse and the physical movement of the camera to create the illusion of motion. Kinetic East involves Walid manually moving the camera on a tripod – shot by shot. No tracks or sliders were used. The film is pieced together from thousands of high resolution photographs (23 million pixels each). One sunset scene could involve the use of approximately 600 individual images.

'Kinetic East' took three months to complete and was mainly shot during the days and nights of May, June and July.

Walid concluded: "Kinetic East only shows a fraction of the beauty of Scotland's east coast. I really hope that people enjoy seeing all of these different areas and that it encourages them to seek out some of these wonderful locations."


Where The Wild Things Were (2011)

Dir. Amber Eames

Amber Eames is a graduate of the MA Wildlife Documentary course at the University of Salford, and now works at BBC TV's Natural History Unit. This award-winning film highlights some of the indiginous animals that live in Scotland's remotest landscapes.

This film won Best Cinematography and Best Documentary at the 2011 National Student Film Festival, UK.

Amber Eames - Where The Wild Things Were from Salford University Animation on Vimeo.


Dark Skies (2012)

Dir. Anne Milne

The Scottish astronomy movement encourages communities to engage with stargazing.  No one owns the stars. We can all be inspired by the discovery of distant worlds. The discovery of new planets is a wonderful example of how science and modern communications can erase international borders and time zones.

Produced for the Edinburgh International Culture Summit at the Scottish Parliament on 13th and 14th of August 2012.


Natural Scotland Films is part of the Year of Natural Scotland

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