For once, the short winter days were on our side. As we needed to capture an entire ‘day in the life’ cross section of footage, the shorter day allowed us to begin shooting before sunrise and have plenty of time to capture evening and night content all in the space of a reasonable shooting schedule. However what this did require was a huge amount of planning and discipline, which is why we had a project manager and assistant on the production alongside the videographer and photographer to ensure everything was running smoothly, that we were on schedule and that the next scene was already being set up and ready to go. We also had the help of the Glasbury River Cottage team to set up a lot of the environments for us, which made all the difference and allowed us the time we needed to capture the best content we could.
We ended up with some absolutely gorgeous weather which was a real treat. Frosty mornings, beaming sun all day and beautiful sunsets. I mean, we couldn’t have really asked for much better. Having said that, this wasn’t just a happy accident. We made a call on the shoot dates less than 24 hours before packing our bags and heading to Wales, knowing full well that we needed some decent weather to really make this work.
There wasn’t budget available for any models to be used across the photography and video content, so friends and family members of the venue’s lovely owner Jemma, and even members of our own team were used throughout to capture everything we needed. This flexibility and way of working ended up being perfect for this specific project and also allowed for some really wholesome interactions which just elevated the video and photography to levels we likely wouldn’t have achieved with models.
What we produced was a 2.5 minute ‘long cut’ promotional video, as well as a 60 second teaser and a bank of almost 500 beautiful images for Glasbury River Cottage to use across all online and offline marketing materials and platforms. We worked collaboratively with the client in the edit to really shape the narrative and find the balance between showing off everything the venue has to offer but also creating an ‘experience.’