The deadline for the final Eventing Cinema entry was stated as being at 09:00 on the Friday following Gatcombe so basically I had three evenings to complete my masterpiece and one evening for uploading. In the past the Achilles heel of my videos had been the music so for the final version I tried to improve this aspect of the production. I'd tried and failed to use a piece of popular music (charging someone £1000 to enter a competition where they might win a £1000 in gift tokens was never going to work now was it?) so I looked for something that was between pure royalty free and mainstream commercial and stumbled across CAPO Productions. CAPO run a very professional website and you can listen to their tracks in full before making your choice; you just have to imagine what it will sound like without a soothing voice saying "CAPO Productions" every 15 seconds! Here is a link to the video:
The music then set the theme of the video; slow start, bang! into a faster moving middle section all viewed at normal speed before a final reflective section building up to Avebury walking away victorious. The video is built around Just Ironic hitting his head on the white flag at the corner at the Land Rover at the Folley Fence and the video switches from slow motion to normal speed at this moment, synched to the introduction of the drums in the music. This tends to give the impression Ironic head butted the flag, which he didn't if you watch it all through at normal speed, but this a dramatic introduction into the mostly cross country section that follows. (I'm pleased to say Just Ironic and Craig Nicolai went on to complete the course).
|Ouch! Just Ironic and Craig Nicolai|
I visited Hartpury on Thursday to pick up my press pass and any details they for me on how they wanted me to edit the videos. They didn't have any hard and fast Brand Guidelines but did supply a copy of the logo which I used on all the videos of the event. I spent half an hour walking the course between the two water jumps and uploaded a couple of videos on the course.
Friday morning I left work very early and visited the Gloucester Branch of the London Camera Exchange to pick up a new tripod and a video fluid head. I've been very pleased with my monopod but felt a tripod would give me a definitely level image. I videoed both indoor and outdoor dressage and the fluid head worked a treat. I've featured Jock Paget and Clifton Promise here because it's good to see them both out and about again and Jock is such a stylish rider.
Saturday saw me set up on the course at 08:00 waiting for the first horse at 08:30. It was a beautiful morning and the only problem was although I caught the first horse on my 'phone I forgot to switch the video camera on for them!
A busy morning's work saw me walk the whole 1 Star Course and then back to the main arena to catch some showjumping and meet up with Judith and Gracie. To my eternal shame I managed to delete the show jumping off the camera before uploading it. I know how I did it by uploading each section into different folders and overlooking the show jumping before clearing the camera for the next day. Never mind.
We walked Grace from the start of the course round to the bank above the lake which was a fair walk for her little legs but I have to say we hardly saw a horse as this was one of the periods they were having problems with the frangible pins.
|I'm a cross country Puppy (and get the tripod!)|
|Heading for a fall; Jeanette Brakewell and Kec Salza|
|Needs must; pinching pins from the 1 star course|
I walked all the 3 star course and videoed at all the fences. Parklane Hawk was withdrawn (again!) and Sophie Wragg had a nasty fall from Sandy City (although she did Tweet to say she was pleased of the sequence through the Lake).
|Sophie Wragg and Sandy City at the Superflex Lake 7b|
|You need to get both front legs over the fence Xam or.........|
|Bang! this happens!!|
Got it right this time! Sidnificant and Clare Lewis jump the Smith and Williamson Sunken Road captured on the iPhone while the Sony purrs away in the foreground. The time is five to seven according to the video.
|My last piece of video of the day at 19:22|
William Fox-Pitt and Avoca Alibi at the Sunken Road 24b
I set myself up on the far side of the arena and recorded a few rounds from the end of the CCI 2 Star competition. Once again Jonathan Paget featured this time with Clifton Signature as well as Laura Collett, Selina Milnes and eventual winner Matthew Wright. I videoed the presentation, picked up another wad of paperwork and said thank you to the press team for the final time.
It was quite sad cutting the accreditation bracelet off my wrist after four days of wearing it. I'm not sure being accredited made a lot of difference to my You Tube viewing numbers, I think Eventing Nation and An Eventful Life do more for me there, but it was good experience and Hartpury have said they'd like me to come back so that's all good then.
2 Star winner Matthew Wright and Shannondale Shinawil.
Fourth place for Selina Milnes and Cooley on Show.
|All the makings of a great weekend!|
Manfrotto tripod & fluid head and accreditation!
|The beautiful setting of the Hartpury Course|