John Hearsey at his hobby of carving detailed wooden models of churches and cathedrals.
Eastbourne, East Sussex.
M/S of three detailed wooden model cathedrals (Canterbury, San Antonio in Padua and San Francesco in Assisi) on a table with wood chips scattered about. M/S of John Hearsey sitting at the table and carving another model; this one is the cathedral at Cologne. C/Us as he carves a piece of wood with a razor blade to make a spire and glues it on the model - it looks like very intricate work. Commentator talks of John's interest in churches and history and how it grew into an exhaustive model making hobby. He picks up the model to examine it; commentator says it took six months to make.
M/Ss of the exterior of the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne; at an angle we see a poster advertising an exhibition of 'Models of European Cathedrals by John Hearsey'. M/S panning across a table where numerous models are displayed - the work involved is mind-boggling! M/S of the curate of Eastbourne Parish Church looking at the models and picking up one of St Peter's Cathedral (Rome) to examine it closely.
C/Us of a model the cathedrals of Seville and Lincoln; the Blue Mosque of Istanbul. C/U of the end of a ruler; it is taken away to show a tiny, detailed model behind of Leningrad's Church of the Resurrection, measuring about 2 inches! The display turntable rotates to show the other side of the model. Rotating C/U of Rouen Cathedral.
Note: John Hearsey was 27 when this story was shot. On file is a detailed list of the models in the exhibition plus a profile of John, by himself.