Monday, 14 September 2015

The Big Shoot! Sharp Edge, 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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Legendary fellrunner Steve Birkinshaw at dawn on Blencathra last Friday morning.

I'm now over halfway through completing my next Lakeland documentary featuring a year in the life of Blencathra. Despite the hard graft, early starts and long days, I'm pleased to say it's all paying off.
Last week involved me setting off at 3 or 4am in the morning up and down the flanks of Blencathra along with a big planned shoot on Sharp Edge in the company of comedian Ed Byrne, BBC presenter and author Stuart Maconie and mountain guide and TV researcher David Powell-Thompson.

Something I'm acutely aware of is the reputation of the aforementioned infamous arete, not only as a hillwalker myself but ensuring that to those new to the fells who may watch the film need to appreciate the seriousness of undertaking the walk. One lingering memory is seeing Julia Bradbury with David on the ridge in an episode of the popular TV series 'Wainwright Walks'. It's something I hoped to replicate or improve upon and I have to confess give a wink and a nod to in acknowledgement.

Needless to say I've been keen to give Sharp Edge the grand entrance it deserves. Consequently I decided that filming three folks with varying degrees of outdoors experience would add some entertainment value. Stuart isn't a fan of such walks in the fells, Ed hasn't ascended Blencathra via Sharp Edge before and David knows the place very well as a mountain guide. I figured the three points of view would not only address my above points with regards to viewers but also add an extra level of engagement.

It proved to be a difficult shoot film-wise which goes without saying I guess given the terrain, but thankfully all came good in the end.

Below you'll find some pics and videos that give a glimpse of what I got up to last week. I hope it whets the appetite with regards to watching the completed film next May.

Other than that, I must sign off now. There's no rest for the wicked! I have much more editing to do and plans to make before returning to the Lake District this Friday much of which includes filming the local community.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Tickets on sale now! Premiere 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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Tickets now available for the premiere.

I'm thrilled to reveal that tickets are now on sale for the premiere of my next Lakeland documentary 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. Tickets can be ordered from the Rheged Centre who'll be hosting the event via enquiries@rheged.com or calling their box office on 01768 868000.

The evening begins at 7pm on Saturday 14th May 2016. Yours truly will introduce the film before it's projected onto Rheged's larger than IMAX screen. Once that's finished I'll present a Q&A with the audience alongside special guests who appear in the feature.

I'm now just over halfway filming Blencathra and I couldn't be more excited about how it's all shaping up. Tonally the film is the opposite to my Scafell Pike effort, it's a different fell after all but it will be no less spectacular. There's a few curveballs in the documentary too of which I think viewers will love.

I hope to see you there!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Night sky delights over Sharp Edge and Blencathra

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Star trails over Sharp Edge and Blencathra, Lake District National Park.

Against the wishes of my aching body I set off for a brief soiree up Blencathra last Wednesday. Forecasts were reliably indicating perfect conditions to observe the peak of this year's Perseids meteor shower - excellent air clarity, clear skies, light winds with no intrusive moonlight.

I'm pleased I made the effort of course. I'm desperate for a wee rest but I mustered the energy from somewhere and had support from my good friend Dan Richards from Lake District Cycling.

I've been itching to capture some night timelapse scenes of Sharp Edge for quite some time. The slog up Mousthwaite Comb and onwards to the infamous arete wasn't easy given my camera and camping gear - plus it was really warm out which made a change given how poor the past summer has been.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

"No pain, no gain!" Reaping rewards on Blencathra

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Dawn from Sharp Edge, Blencathra.

I keep being told to sit back and take a wee break of late by friends and family who've noticed I'm becoming rather forgetful and getting into slight mishaps with day to day living and my work. The past couple of months or so has been physically and mentally demanding as I've juggled 'bread and butter' work coupled with filming Blencathra and a new DVD with David Powell-Thompson.

Summer can be a busy time for me I have to admit and things don't quieten down until around October but I've no choice but to keep focused and plod on with the jobs in hand. Much of this was brought home to me on many levels just last week while in the Lake District.

With wonderful help and support from Tim Foster and his team at the Blencathra Field Centre, they kindly put me up for several nights to use their facilities as a base while I headed out and about the area filming for my next documentary featuring 'ole Saddleback'. The weather was overall unsettled but in a roundabout way that's just how I like it!

Monday, 27 July 2015

The story behind my photos on the BBC

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BBC Breakfast's Carol Kirkwood in front of one of my photos from Threlkeld Knotts.

It was some time in June when a lady from the BBC's weather department tried contacting me with an interest in using some photos of mine she had seen on Twitter. Scenes I captured from Threlkeld Knotts in the Lake District while filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. After we came to an agreement (once I managed to get to some decent WiFi with my laptop in Keswick) I sent a selection of photos over to the BBC to use as they wish.

Since then the BBC have used them many times when reporting the weather on national TV!

Lots of folks have got in touch with me asking about the photos so I thought I'd share here where, when and how I went about capturing them.

In June I was based near Threlkeld for a couple of weeks and during that period the weather had been somewhat topsy turvy to say the least. Even so, it's always worth a wander out and about - "better a rainy day out than a sunny day in!" I've already learnt that despite forecasts indicating poor weather for all of the Lake District National Park quite often the cloud can lift and break when the fronts begin to hit the Keswick and Blencathra area. Not always I have to add but definitely more often than elsewhere in the Lakes.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Donald Angus of Threlkeld

Here's another peek at what I've been up to filming 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra' this time featuring Threlkeld resident Donald Angus. I chanced upon meeting Donald thanks to socialising with the locals and I was thrilled he agreed to appear in my documentary. The clip here is an abridged version of what you'll see in the final feature but it still makes for some interesting viewing.

The stories Donald shared with me (on and off camera) were fascinating, be it place names that have changed or how the village has evolved over the decades. So if you're ever about Threlkeld in the future and bump into him to pop on over and greet him! You won't regret it.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Stuart Maconie from 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'

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Stuart admiring the views from Eycott Hill in the Lake District.

A couple of months or so back I hooked up with BBC presenter, author and journalist Stuart Maconie in the Lake District to film scenes for my next documentary 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'. You can view a peek from our shoot below. Fingers crossed, but I hope to be filming Stuart again soon with comedian Ed Byrne for company on Sharp Edge.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Sneak Peek - 'The Lake District. Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson'

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New DVD out this October from www.stridingedge.com

Life continues to be rather hectic for me at the moment. I'm not sure which day, week or month it is half the time. Even so, I've just returned from a brief visit to the Western Lake District where I've been busy filming the next walk in a DVD I'm producing with David Powell-Thompson - 'The Lake District. Upper Eskdale with David Powell-Thompson'.

For the first time in a while the weather gods conspired against me but they did afford me some grace when out and about the delightful valley of Eskdale. Dark, ominous clouds raced about England's highest peaks, intense downpours followed by breaks in the cloud with bursts of sun was the order of the day. Typical Lakeland summer weather most will say!

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