For my second aerial film, entitled ‘Wild Scotland’, I wanted to showcase some of the wilderness this magnificent country has to offer. From the Highlands and Islands on the west coast to John O’Groats and North Berwick on the east I’ve captured just a fraction of the stunning wilderness which Scotland has to offer.
I’ve spent the last few months travelling up and down the country capturing locations, carefully planning my schedule to take advantage of the best light, be that dawn or dusk. Along the way I’ve been lucky to pick up some unexpected shots such as deer near Ardnamurchan and a large group of seals in a bay near John O’ Groats at the very top of the British mainland. I was lucky to experience a prolonged spell of good weather so filming this was a much faster process than for my first aerial film; Beautiful Scotland - vimeo.com/100426447
Making this film involved a series of mini adventures. Hiking up Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill at 3am in the pitch dark, to film the spectacular serrated ridge of An Teallach, and hearing stags roaring in the valleys below is a memory that will stay with me for a very long time. Also filming Bass Rock near North Berwick, which is home is to the world’s largest single rock Gannet colony with some 40,000 pairs of birds, at first light was a real treat.
The film was mostly shot on the DJI Inspire 1 and for the more remote locations I used the DJI Phantom 3 which can be packed in a backpack really easily.
Big shout out to Drew Gibson who has done another magnificent job colour grading this and also to Pete Smith (thesoundspace.co.uk/) who created the sound mix. Cheers also to Rob Waugh (facebook.com/curiousrobinfilms) for feeding back throughout the edit and helping suggest locations.
Locations in order –
Bidein A’ Ghlas Thuill
Mangersta Sea Stacks, Isle of Harris
Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris
Callanish Standing stones, Isle of Lewis
Duncansby Bay (Seal shot)
Duncansby sea stacks
Forth Rail Bridge
Neist Point, Isle of Skye
Music again by the fantastic Tony Anderson – Eyes Wide Open
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SPACE is a travel film. It is also a reminder (to ourselves) that this strange, unique wilderness is ours for now...and each day the lights turn on.
Special Thanks to Kate for being the perfect companion for the long journey + our son WES - one of his first words was 'LIGHT!" - seeing his constant curiosity as he figures out this crazy world is a huge inspiration. Love you guys.
Thanks to Howl Collective! Forest Woodward, Elliot Ross, Patrick O'Brien, and Jim Lind...you guys are supremely talented and this couldn't have happened without your globetrotting generosity and inspiring spontaneity. Thank you!!!
Thanks to James at SPACESHIPS + Eilish at WonderWorks LA for putting the puzzle pieces (space van + space man) together so quickly.
Thanks to DIJIFI in Brooklyn, NY for the Super8 to HD transfer.
It's crazy to think back, but this trip (in 2009) was the first time we used LENSPROTOGO. 7D + 11-16 + 35 + 70-200. They were awesome then...and they are even awesomer now! Thanks for your continuing support!
ADDITIONAL (spaceman) FOOTAGE: Howl Collective
EDIT: Jordan Ingram. You are an editing ninja! Thanks for your patience!
ADDITIONAL SOUND MIXING: Joshua Svare
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