Midges and the Rain
Last weekend I went up to Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland to film a short documentary alongside Act2Cam. The sports event included canoeing, high ropes, a king swing and a full relay cycle ride around the whole reserve, mimicking the olympic torch relay with a Northumberland flag. It was truly set to be a great day of filming. The content was to change from canoeing on the lakes to following the cyclists on their race, all exciting stuff.
Unfortunatley the weather played it’s part and the heavens opened. As any filmmaker knows, weather is your worst enemy. I somehow was able to master holding an umbrella together with my camera rig so I was able to continue filming but it did add to the difficulty and mobility of what I could achieve. What I did enjoy was how everyone just got on with it. You could imagine lots of children staying away from the rain but everyone continued on with smiles on their faces.
My other worst enemy that day was the bloody midges! I’d never even factored them into the filmmaking worry list but bloody hell it wasn’t nice. There were that many you can actually see them on some of the footage! I must have tasted the nicest as they thoroughly savaged my arms. Filmmaking is tough but try holding the camera still to get the shot when you can literally see a hundred midges feasting on your flesh!
Nonetheless the footage we captured looked great. It’s a quick turnaround this one, so expect a full video in only a number of days. Exciting stuff braving the elements!