readers may have noted from my blog that I have been filming
the onset of autumn in the Forest of Dean over the past
two months for another HD film on Wyenot. This has been
an enjoyable if somewhat frustrating task due to recent
weather conditions. Last Wednesday however turned out to
be an unexpectedly fine day and I was able to get to Soudley
and shoot some proper autumn colours to finish the project.
editing of these films involves watching the same scenes
over and over to get them to, not only fit the music but
generally fit into a time scale. As a result, when I had
finished the edit, I had watched the scenes running forwards
and backwards, at various different speeds, so many times
that I became fed up with seeing them. To be honest, I felt
quite disappointed with the end result to the point that
I was unsure whether or not to use it. I showed it privately
to friends though and comments from those who watched changed
my mind for me. Watching again now that a few days have
passed, I feel a lot happier about releasing it for public
mother would have loved the music - she liked Vivaldi and
I have used 'Autumn' from the Four Seasons. I grew up with
this music and had it in mind during the filming process.
I purchased the performing rights for the whole of Vivaldi's
Four Seasons, specially for film use on Wyenot. Having done
so - again, I was not sure that I had made the right choice.
Vivaldi is not actually one of my favourite composers. I
tend to like the music of Mozart and Purcell but, as far
as I know, they didn't write a tune called 'Autumn'. Somebody
suggested that I use the Moody Blues - extracts from 'Threshold
of a Dream'. I have that album here on vinyl and have owned
it since 1970 - the year I left school - reminds me of a
girl called Susan Booth, but I could not afford the performing
rights. Vivaldi charged me $125 US Dollars for life - money
I shall never make back. I am sure the Moody Blues would
have charged a lot more than that.
hope you enjoy the autumn scenes and that the film helps
local tourism. One thing for sure - now that I have the
music, you can expect the Winter, Spring and Summer movements
over the next 9 months!