The Queensferry Crossing

  • Robbie McKane
  • Holly Stimson

The Queensferry Crossing forms the centrepiece of a major upgrade to the cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland, representing a total Scottish Government investment of over £1.3 billion. Ramboll led the Design Joint Venture on the project, and commissioned this film to illustrate their role and to celebrate the construction of the UK's tallest bridge. This project involved myself, a camera operator and a producer back at base, as well as a project manager and presenter from the client's side. I worked directly with the manager and presenter with the content as well as being hands-on with the camera and sound throughout. Since the budget did not allow for an extensive pre-production phase, I developed a plan for the film's style based on its striking locations. I was then able to further shape this in post-production as the editor. With the vast scale of the structure we used the combination of super wide and extreme telephoto focal lengths to repeatedly expand and compress the space, to subtly draw attention to the macro and micro levels of the project's scope. We also used a variety of camera movements; tripod pans, dolly slides as well as using the view from a moving boat to capture unique angles of the crossing. Third party drone shots were later added at the request of the client. Not only did we focus on the graphical shapes of the bridge, but also the engineering activity present during the final stages of construction. For these elements we opted for an observational, documentary look to capture organic images of the workers in-situ. This project was produced on behalf of MotionBlurr Studios.