<![CDATA[www.Movieit.co.uk - Behind the Lens]]>Fri, 16 Jan 2015 02:28:42 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Utterly Buttermere behind the scenes]]>Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:32:18 GMThttp://www.movieit.co.uk/behind-the-lens/utterly-buttermere-behind-the-scenesI’ve been making films for a while and as a climber, mountaineer, runner, swimmer, triathlete and occasional open boater/sea kayaker it was only natural that I would venture in the realm of filming events.  What a great place to start, Buttermere. I filmed at Buttermere earlier in the year and knew that it would be a great place to take the leap in to event filming.  Pete and Andy at Head to the Hills would also be the perfect clients, a relaxed almost festival like atmosphere surrounded their event and it was the culmination of a lot of hard work and sleepless nights on their part. 

Having helped out as a member of the safety crew last year I knew the event and after a test filming mission in the winter when I persuaded Pete to jump in the lake for some underwater shots I had some local knowledge. Whilst setting out the course for the 5 and 10km events on the Friday with Pete I had a good opportunity to scope out where I needed to be to get the best shots.
Saturday morning was quite simply about as good as it get in the Lake District and I nearly wasted my camera batteries snapping away as the sun rose over a mirror of a lake. As swimmers started to arrive I had to put my film plan in to action and stay focussed, there would be lessons to be learnt.  As a member of the safety team I would be tied to a bank position but would have an opportunity to film the mile swim and jump in my canoe and film some action before needing to back in bank support mode for the front of the 10km event to come back past me on their second lap.

My plan to get a camera under water for the start of the mile swim looked on shaky ground when I noticed that swimmers where stirring up the crystal clear water. The compromise saw me facing the stampede and taking up a position about 20m ahead of the start, staring the swimmers down. To my surprise no one crashed in to me and I managed to get some good footage.
Throughout the 5 and 10km swim I had the support of my 3 and 5 year old sons as my wife was in the safety kayak team. The boys were well briefed and they were uncharacteristically well behaved and enjoyed zooming around the lake in the canoe to get footage of swimmers.

My secret weapon a quadcopter mounted gopro, gave some great shots over the lake but as some of you may have noticed I am a learner flyer and did have one coming together with a tree, these things will happen. 

The event was a great success and once again no one needed rescuing. I learnt a lot about filming events, had a great time and feel ready for the next one. The sunshine definitely helped. Thanks for the great feedback on the film and I’ll see you out on the water.

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