|Winter Peak Park sunrise|
Some of you may be aware that the other week I was unfortunate enough to be made redundant by my employer – not ideal timing admittedly – and it’s something that I’ve found quite upsetting, if a little humiliating.
Since then I’ve taken stock of many things – finances, time with my family and of course where I want to go from here. What do I need to do? How do I adapt?
Last week I took myself off on a 4 day hike in the Peak District – not just to clear my mind but also to capture some video footage for future projects and commissions. And it’s with the latter in mind that I’ve now made the momentous decision (for me, anyway) to go full-time with the video making side of things.
After all, I’m combining two passions of mine in life – video and the great outdoors – and feel I’m speedily developing my skills more and more.
I enjoy spending nights out on the hill in all conditions (crazy really) seeking that perfect shot on video – and I enjoy filmmaking in general, meeting new people and places, learning local history and so on.
I’ve managed to capture some of the finest scenes you can imagine of the Peak District National Park in recent months – much of which won’t be made public for quite some time. Real top drawer stuff of which I’m immensely proud – if not mentally and physically drained.
After one excursion I was only too happy to throw and smash a wide angle lens I recently bought, followed by a few uncontrollable tears – it was at this point my wife stepped in and noted I was ‘burnt out’ and needed to take a break.
I’ve not felt like that before – it bemuses me, now. The thoughts and emotions I felt in those moments were uncontrollable – and this was a little disconcerting to me being a strong-minded and thick-skinned kind of guy. I’m not given to showing personal emotions (though in with the written word such as these I feel comfortable).
Nevertheless, I’ve carried on and come this far and will continue to do so with gusto!
So, here goes – the dawn of a new era – what does it entail?
A number of things, really. Many in fact – not only am I to continue producing promotional videos for businesses in the Peak District but elsewhere, too. Then there is the ‘epic’ Peak Park video through the seasons I’ve been working on – and also guides, and hopefully a DVD.
All will be revealed in good time – but you’ll see why I’ve been away a great deal and uploading screenshots from video footage. Heck, some of you readers have even met me out on the hill while I was stood around waiting with a camera fixed to a tripod or even sharing a wonderful pitch on some remote moor.
For now, any promotional videos I produce will be listed on the following webpage:
And to finish this blog post off – you can view the latest project just completed and fresh off my PC’s hard-drive. A video differing in style from the last one ‘Uppermoor Farmhouse and Holiday Cottages’ – as you’ll see. It has more of my stamp of creating a mood for the local landscape and more – all within the realms of the client’s remit, of course.
Hope you enjoy it – over and out….
Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages