In collaboration with Durham’s Alumni Relations team, we decided to focus the film on the point at which alumni return to Durham for the first time since graduating, many years previously.
With an alumnus character at its fore, the film brought out the emotions and nostalgia associated with revisiting your university city after many years and coupled it with an emotive voiceover narration.
The narration used a quote from American novelist Nathanial Hawthorne, who beautifully reminisced about his first sighting of Durham Cathedral in ‘The English Notebooks’.
In it, he claims to have never before encountered ‘so lovely and magnificent a scene’. We felt this sentiment was fitting for the film and its target audience.
With such a poetic voiceover the visuals needed to have a filmic, dream-like quality, making use of slow motion and soft lighting to create a piece that would encourage nostalgia of first seeing the cathedral and the city.