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Weekend film shoot

If you’d followed our tweets over the weekend you’d be forgiven for being confused by the posts and pictures, but that happens when two people are posting separate ventures to the same account.

Plans for the weekend were mixed with Steven heading north on a cycling camping trip and me assisting a short film documentary about Shand by Bristol photographer / film director Jim Johnston and his assistant for the weekend Dan Norrish.

The photographic team headed to the highlands on Friday in search of dramatic locations and weather. We had a rough plan for where to go having poured over maps of our favourite locations the previous day after filming Steven in the workshop.

First stop was the Trossachs with some footage taken from the back of Jim’s van over Dukes pass with me following on a Stooshie, which was not dangerous in the slightest. No sir. Next up was some time spent messing about on single-track in Achray Forest then over to the Breadalbane mountains for an evening shot on the bealach to Glen Lyon. It was snowing when we got there, but like much of the weather in Scotland, it didn’t take long to change to an evening with stunning skies. It was still bloody cold though and meant wrapping up warm between takes.

Next day started with a return to the freezing bealach for sunrise, then after some singletrack along the riverbanks of Killin, we headed to Victoria Bridge and the Black Mount. The shots round here mostly consisted of the final scenes for the film, but we also managed some interesting shots in the woods and even bagged some unplanned footage of unusually curious red deer that had come off the hill to see what was going on.

All in all, the weekend was darn good fun. I got to put a Stooshie through its paces (and test some kit kindly provided by Endura) and Jim and Dan got a break from their usual photographic shoots by taking pictures of bikes in stunning surroundings. I can’t wait to see the results.

posted by russell - May 1st, 2012