Clare Dearnaley & Mark Carey


‘Spark’ is a short film that aims to stimulate far reaching thoughts on climate change. It follows glittering light traveling through darkness, shedding tiny glowing embers in all directions. Created with fire sparklers, the scenes are beautiful, playful, magical and delicate. Misleading.
How joyful, warm and mesmerising the flickering lights can be; but bright sparks can turn destructive. The evocation is of a landscape on fire.
With an ambient musical underscore of sinister tones that unsettle the visual imagery; initial quietness is replaced by a crescendo of cracking, hissing and roaring sound.

Filmmaker – Clare Dearnaley

Cinematographer – Mark Carey

Created with the assistance of their children during lockdown 2021.

About the artists

Clare Dearnaley

Clare Dearnaley is an Ilkley based Filmmaker & Artist, working independently and by commission, creating moving image for screenings, exhibition and online platforms. Recent Visual Art collaborations include ‘Glorious Phantoms’ for the National Trust Peoples Landscapes project and ‘Dovetailing’ with sculptor Juliet Gutch and composer Sally Beamish. Starting out as an Editor and moving on to Direct and Produce over a 20 year career in the Film and TV industry, Clare’s credits range across genres with particular emphasis on Documentary, Travel and Arts. They include the award winning ‘The Great Chinese Art Revolution’, Channel 4 and festival released ‘Breaking Ground’. Clare has a First Class degree in Fine Art and a Post Grad in Electronic Imaging from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee.

Mark Carney

Mark Carey is Head of Cinematography at the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University. Mark started his visual career as a widely published reportage photographer before studying Cinematography at the National Film and Television School. His credits include drama, documentary, commercials, and music videos. Recently this has included Cinematography on art films that have exhibited at MoMA New York, BALTIC Gateshead, Whitechapel Gallery, European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017, Venice Biennale 2013 and the drama feature film ‘Disclosure’ which premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2020.

I’ve been ‘Sparked’ and want to be a link in the Chain! How do I get involved?

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Link #2 ‘reactions’

Etude for Hob Ignition uses the raw pulse of a hob clicking into life to explore how the rhythmic relationships that make up sound can quickly turn from playful to unsettling as complexity grows. Clare Dearnaley and Mark Carey’s visual work ‘Spark’ introduced the idea of ‘joyful, warm and mesmerising lights’ turning destructive. 48.3% of all domestic fires in the UK are caused by cooking appliances and in Etude for Hob Ignition, the pulse of this innocuous, everyday utility soon threatens to overwhelm the soundscape as it spreads. Samplers and wavetable synths are used to transform the hob’s pulse into related polyrhythms and harmonic content that become more sinister as new relationships are introduced.”

About the artist

Tim Woodson is a musician and producer living in Leeds and recording as Hevelwood.

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