Fatcalf took a busman’s holiday last week for two days to follow The Man Engine around in the South West and experience some of His message, by visiting some stunning Heritage on the Cornish coastline. The resulting 3 minute film is a cinematic response to experiencing the many ‘Cornish Hearts’ we encountered on the trip…

Fatcalf | The Man Engine | Godolphin House
The Man Engine visiting Godolphin House
Fatcalf | Cornish Mining World Heritage | Wheal Prosper
Fatcalf working hard in the best looking office ever
Fatcalf | The Man Engine | Camborne
A Big Man with a Cornish Heart in Camborne
Fatcalf | The Man Engine | Team
Just some of the Man Engine team involved

GoldenTree built a massive steam powered puppet, well over 10 metres tall, who journeyed 130 miles in less than 2 weeks to celebrate the Tin Mining and it’s history in partnership with Cornish Mining World Heritage. He started in Tavistock (A Unesco World Heritage Site) and forged a trail across into Cornwall stopping at many towns and mining sites, embodying the stories and tales of past lives and an amazing legacy that we now live in and around. Many locals, visitors and holiday makers have found the experience of awakening The Man Engine from his slumber through song and chants has had a profound effect on re-engaging with History and Heritage in the South West.

Taking time on Fatcalf’s little tour down to the South and West Coast line’s of Cornwall has given a fresh insight into just how beautiful and poignant the landscapes are. Botallack, Geevor, Rinsey and Levant are among countless other sites peppered with ruined and restored Wheal Houses, some even right on the sea edge at the bottom of cliffs. These ruins still stand strong and tall in front of Fatcalf’s lens, just like Man Engine does when he’s at his full height.

We were travelling light, taking our Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, Samyang lenses, a shoulder rig and tripod to record the atmosphere of both the Man and his native surroundings. Bringing the footage back to base and embarking on creating a ‘piece’ meant wading through 90+ Gb of recordings and deciding on a ‘tone’ with colour correction to allow a ‘narrative’ or ‘arc’ to come forward. Then, we found the amazing song “Cornish Heart” by Loveridge, a wonderful singer / songwriter who wrote the song about his daughter. The crafted lyrics fit perfectly with the very heart of The Man Engine and Cornish Mining Heritage as well as the tens of thousands of people attending the events who displayed true ‘Cornish Hearts’.

Thanks to all the hard working teams who enabled The Man Engine to come to life and rise from his slumber to help re-engage so many people with the History and Heritage of Tin Mining in Cornwall and West Devon.

Watch The Heart Of A Cornish Man Engine on YouTube

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