Radnor Hills – Journey of a Water Droplet
Radnor Hills Water Distillery lies in the old county of Radnorshire in Mid Wales. In this very under populated area, the water is able to filter naturally through layers of rock to the high sophisticated distillery, where very high tech machinery sits alongside the rustic hills and nature of Radnorshire. Radnor Hills produces over 200 million bottles a year and delivers products allowing their client’s to consume one of the natural wonders of Mid Wales.
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What we wanted
Location, Location, Location and high tech! Our client was very keen to present their high-end technological process against the stunning backdrop of the Radnorshire hills, creating a fantastic juxtaposition. We decided that the best way to illustrate this would be to produce a film that told the story of a water droplet falling on the hills up above Radnor Hills and its journey down the waterfalls and streams to the bore holes and through the factory to distribution. This included aerial vistas of the surrounding hills, streams, bore holes and the distillery process, as well as aerials of the factory.
How we achieved it
Up at the crack of dawn we headed off to the hills up behind the factory to a waterfall we had identified to get the opening sequence of shots. We used a combination of macro shots and the drone, to fly up and down the waterfall in a very remote valley. Filming at 50fps gave us the option to slow the footage down in post when required. Moving down the valley we captured further aerial vistas of the stream and valley down the hill to the bore holes.
Once back at the factory the sun came out, ND filters on and we proceeded to capture the wide vista shots as well as the working bore holes from the air, whilst illustrating their proximity to the factory. We also worked closely with a number of the staff to capture the aerial action shots of a busy work force, driving fork-lift trucks to and fro around the distillery as well as inside the large storage stacking facilities, where pallets were stocked waiting for distribution. The drone was an amazing way to capture the vast size of these storage facilities without the need of cranes and zip wires.
Again, we decided to fly the drone inside in a number of other rooms to best illustrate the size and workings of the machinery and the production line, as the bootles moved along towards the final packaging stage.
Ground filming was carried out with an array of filming equipment from motion stabilisers, tripods, sliders etc. We filmed using various lenses and gained access inside some of the high-tech machines to get those real close up shots of the process. The whole process is quite complex but we filmed each stage in detail as we worked along the production line, capturing the finer details of the production. We filmed in slow motion too where needed as some of the machinery was revolving at such a pace and it was a great way to bring the viewer closer to the process and actually see what was happening.
Challenges and how we overcame them
The main challenge when aerial filming was capturing the opening sequence of shots. The valley and waterfall we had to work in were very overgrown, so there were many branches and overhanging leaves that we had to be very careful not to hit. We planned the flights and took our time and were able to get the shots we were after.
Aerial Video of Radnor Hills
Aerial Filming of Radnor Hills
Set in the beautiful countryide of Radnorshire.
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