Thursday, 13 June 2013
11:13 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Camping on Yewbarrow, Lake District.|
Well, I'm back home and settled after a fab week in the Lake District working on 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'. As usual, I timed my trip out just right to catch some fine weather for the North West of England. Much of the time was spent hiking and filming under clear blue skies and very warm temperatures with hardly a breeze.
If anything it took me time to adjust to the warm climes compared to the cold I experienced not so long ago up in the Cairngorms! It may have slowed me down a little but thankfully the days are long now which ensured I stuck to my planned routes and mileage.
Essentially, I did a snaking circuit around the Scafell massif over 7 days - with the odd detour into the fabulous Great Moss, Mickledore and elsewhere before finishing off in Keswick after setting off from Great Langdale at the beginning of the trip.
I must admit, after spending so much time in the Cairngorms recently it felt rather unreal to be wandering around this wonderful (and arguably best) part of the Lake District. The scale of the place just doesn't compare to the Eastern Highlands but it's no less something to behold on the eyes and soul. Where the Lakes loses out on scale, it certainly makes up for with beauty - it truly is a picturesque place and despite it's popularity, the route I followed ensured I was always away from the crowds. On two days I encountered no more than 5 people!
Tuesday, 11 June 2013
17:46 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Gear, gear, gear.....for sale!|
As the title of this blogpost suggests ladies and gentleman, I'm having a wee gear clearout to raise funds for one of the documentaries I'm currently working on. Having spent so much time on the Cairngorms film with Chris Townsend of late, has lead me to cancel some offers of work - and now I'm a bit tight for cash. Other work I can be earning a crust from don't begin for a few more weeks yet....
Oh well. Hopefully there's something here some of you may wish to purchase.
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Thursday, 23 May 2013
16:00 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Now available digitally in full 1080HD to buy from Steep Edge|
I thought you'd like to know, that 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend' is now available to buy digitally via Steep Edge on their website HERE! In full professional 1080HD video.
Below you can find some quotes from recent reviews of the film which me and Chris are overjoyed with. It would appear all the hard work has paid off. Even if in truth I find the kind words make me blush with embarrassment! But it's really nice to see others like the film (despite how subjective these things can be) and I'm really, really proud of the support we had via Kickstarter. It perfectly epitomises how crowd-sourced funded creative projects can work. And of course from Salomon too for having the faith in both of us producing the feature.
Come August I hope to have an initial run of DVDs in production for those who wish for something more tangible. And in the coming weeks and months ahead the film will be showcased on the big screen in various locations - including Scotland - where me and Chris will be in attendance for Q&As regarding the project. The first big screen showing being at the Rheged Centre, near Penrith in Cumbria July 22-27.
To be honest, I've spent so much time on this project my brain is frazzled to the point I'll be glad to see the back of it! And I have to say it's been rather humbling that many people have asked me and Chris as to whether we are going to work on another similar project. We shall wait and see on that front. I'd like to take a breather first, and besides, Chris is away for a number of weeks now on a long hike through Scotland.
All said and done, I'm off to the Lakes next week for at least 7 nights. Should help to relax my mind and look ahead to the future.
"...a remarkable piece of work. It's an insight to Townsend's love of the outdoors but the real star of the show is the Cairngorms rendered beautifully by thoughtful cinematography.
...the antithesis to so many recent outdoor films, essential viewing for any one who loves the outdoors."
Monday, 20 May 2013
10:58 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Chris and Mark enjoy a fine sunset from Bleaberry Fell, Lake District|
The past few days have passed by in somewhat of a blur. First off, I enjoyed a couple of nights wild camping in the Lake District around Borrowdale - with a light pack for the first time in over a year - and then a couple more at the Keswick Mountain Festival where 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend' had it's public premier at George Fishers.
Fellow outdoors blogger Mark had kindly pledged funds to the film and part of his gifts entitlement entailed him spending a night out on the hills with Chris and myself. Sadly, this didn't come to fruition in the Cairngorms due to Chris requiring a stay in hospital. So to make up for it, we invited Mark to join us for the whole weekend in Keswick.
The two of us arrived in the Lake District to a mix of weather which proved to be generally favourable over the initial couple of days, while Chris would meet us on the last evening's camp before making our way to Keswick.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Done and dusted thank goodness! 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend' feedback for the end result coming through
10:03 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Chris retreats from a storm in the Lairig Ghru.|
It's over. Thank goodness and just in the nick of time. Monday saw me finally complete 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend'. In truth I'm glad to see the back of the film. It had taken over my life!
Be it spending so much time up in the Cairngorms filming - almost to the point I felt like a tourist in my own hometown and the Cairngorms was my real residence - to working 18+ hour days at home editing, I'm relieved it's all done with.
The past week has been particularly tough. For example, I had finished editing the visuals for the film but had yet to complete all the sound mixing. The latter proved problematic in that some audio was poor and beyond repair while much of the narration I had only recorded the previous week with Chris wasn't satisfactory. Much of that comes down to the fact we've not done anything like this before, so it was a tremendously steep learning curve and one we had to get right as soon as possible.
Monday, 6 May 2013
10:21 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Braeriach, Cairngorms National Park as seen from Aviemore train station.|
I'm back home now after spending a couple of days with Chris Townsend at his home in the Cairngorms National Park, where we finished off much of the narration required for 'The Cairngorms in Winter' film we've been working on.
It's all I really need to do now to finish and sign the film off. Even so, it's not easy and will take me a couple of days at least. And I don't want to rush completing the final feature.
As a bit of info for TGO Challengers heading to Scotland shortly, take a look at the above photo. I captured this scene from the bridge adjacent to Aviemore railway station last Saturday morning - as you can see there's still quite a bit of snow up on the high ground. What condition the snow's in, I have no idea as I never set a foot up there over the two day visit.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
11:32 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
|Being shown on the largest cinema screen in the North West of England.|
I'm now editing the final 25 minutes for 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend' and I'm pleased to say it's coming along nicely. Test audience feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, which has taken Chris and myself by surprise. I must say, I'm thrilled - the hard work appears to have paid off.
It's worth noting, that this project would never have got off the ground if it weren't for readers who visit this blog and moreover all those who kindly backed the film via Kickstarter!
Before I sign off and continue finishing off the film, I thought you might like to see the above picture.
It's all a bit scary for me, but the Cairngorms project will be shown on the big screen in the Rheged Centre in Cumbria. If this interests you, I believe tickets will be available from Monday afternoon. Incidentally, tickets for the public premier at George Fishers in Keswick on the 18th May have sold out. For those who backed the feature on Kickstarter, they of course will receive their copy before any of the above (and have been duly notified via updates).
I will get round to blogging about the recent trips soon, but my time is currently being spent completing the film. The clock is ticking after all!
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
10:28 | Posted by Terry Abraham | | Edit Post
I'm pleased to say that all filming has now been completed for 'The Cairngorms in Winter with Chris Townsend' and I'm now sat at home frantically editing it all. The past few weeks working on the project has been quite the rollercoaster of a ride to say the least - but all the hard work is done now.
Anyway, I'll blog about my exploits up in the Cairngorms in the coming days ahead. In the meantime, you might like this short video I captured on my mobile phone, featuring me stuck in a whiteout on Moine Mhor.
It wasn't the worst I encountered, I'll have to admit (that came the following day and visibility was less than 6 feet!) but it does give a flavour of some of the conditions I encountered while filming on this project.
As it transpired, the whiteout in this short video didn't clear for another 2 days which was rather annoying. Having to contend with varying types of snow to walk on, drifts deeper than I am tall and always being concious of avalanche risks near to where I was exploring, made for a tiring and morale sapping few days.
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