The Lake District: A Wild Year
Over the course of 2016 I was fortunate enough to work on a BBC 2 film based around a turning year in The Lakes, this post is a round up of my time spent of this amazing project. I learnt a great deal along the way and had a lot of fun shooting for this film. It was great to part of from start to finish and to work with such a talented bunch. Massive thanks goes out to Pete Short because without his help many of the shots in the film would not have been possible. The film was aired on BBC 2 in February 2017.
I spent about 60 days over the course of 2016 filming for The Lake District: A Wild Year. We shot on the beautiful ARRI Alexa which was a sheer joy, here I am using slider to create some moving shots around the stone circle at Castle Rigg.
We got up for sunrise on this particular day and it clouded over at the last minute....typical!
Time-lapse photography formed a large part of the film too, its main use was to show progressions in time over a short period and hence the viewer comes away with the sense that the turning year is a busy busy period for humans and wildlife. There is always something going on! One of the main challenges we faced was the ever variable Lake District weather, always take waterproof covers with you one shooting in the UK!
One of main characters was Eric a local farmer based in the Langdale Valley, as with all of the farms in the Lakes they are build for purpose and Eric's pens are his back garden effectively where sheep are rounded up for sorting and shearing. Shooting on the ARRI here as the sheep come off the fells.