Back in December, during the UK inter-lockdown, I travelled to Snowdonia to make a film as a self-shooting director with explorer, TV producer, writer, adventurer, entrepreneur.. the amazingly talented Megan Hine.
The client was content start-up Pipt and the brief.. a 90 second film to introduce Megan to subscribers on the platform.. extra clips.. stills.. with a crew of two. I was to direct and shoot main camera. Meg knows all the best places in her home mountains, and suggested two perfect locations for us to shoot at - one summit and one beach. We planned to film her training in the mountains with her husky, Tug, while a voiceover would do most of the detailed intro.
After arriving in Wales the evening before the shoot, we decided we needed to start the next day’s shoot on the summit of Cnicht, one of Snowdonia’s finest mountains, at dawn, and this meant a 10km hike and 600 metre ascent in the dark and snow with all the gear. Fortunately it was winter so the late sunrise meant it was only a 4.30am start 😜. (Megan and I made another film together, for HydroFlask, in Summer 2021.. alarms went off for that one at 2.30am…)
After the exhausting ascent, we filmed at the top of Cnicht until we lost the good light and then, after descending, had a rest - Meg still had energy to make us all soup at her house - followed by shooting at the beach during late afternoon and dusk. What a day.
The brief was to shoot extra clips and stills too, some of those are below. Crew at shoot just me and assistant. Music written by Matt Chapman, edit (in super fast time) by Nick Roden. Here’s the film -
And here are some of the extra clips -
And some of the photography -