About the song
'Catching Snow' was written and performed for Noah's Ark by Carl Brown. Carl is a talented song writer, performer and producer, and a member of disco-pop band Wave Machines.
This song marks the period in the story when, following the subsidence of the flood, the community aboard the Ark have settled and built their new life - a utopian town they name Fleetwood. In this seaside town they enjoy the luxury of the new world, without the burden of the past, though there remain some totems to their epic journey, such as the 'Noah's Ark' ride. However, this idyllic existence cannot last forever. At some point they must face the past, and recognise the failures of their own design.
Fleetwood is a place of joy and isolation, a themepark existence that isn't quite real. Here they have everything they need, but have no connection to those they left behind. The lyrics highlight this mixture of hope and melancholy:
"look every night on a on a gaining moon,
wake every morning on a big high bed
oh so lonely
when you leave us here..."
The song is also a harbinger for sadder times:
"Don't you count on a setting sun.
Do believe me, that the weight will come."
This lyric contains the central idea of the film - a warning that whilst things might seem ok now, it cannot last forever. It is a prophecy for a new flood.
The town itself is a mixture of classic British seaside towns, themeparks, and futuristic exhibits of the Festival of Britain 1951. This section of the film uses a number of 1960s amateur films of holidays on the North West coast - places like Blackpool, Margate, Morcambe, and of course, Fleetwood.
At one point the town in the film was to be named 'Blackpool' - a name that contains the idea of preservation, due to the fact that 'black-pool' was formed on the site of a large area of peat-bog (as was Dublin on the other side of the sea - 'dub-lin' meaning 'black-pool' in Irish.). In the end, it was decided the name Fleetwood sounded more mythical, came with less cultural baggage, and also implied a nautical heritage fit for a community who had survived a flood.