Photo Friday – filming from the top floor in Bristol

This is a story of how two intrepid gals had some fun filming a travel video and blagued their way round the Bristol harbourside to get the shots they wanted.

I wrote about our filming adventure in my previous post on How to film your travel Video, but here’s a shot from one of the tallest office blocks in Bristol that just happens to have a fantastic view over the harbourside. My filming collaborator Marie-Cecile had heard that the view from the top was great from a friend who had also been up there filming. However, on a Saturday, what were the chances that we could get inside?

Nevertheless she twisted my arm, and as we lurked outside a chap came along and swiped his card to get in. Quick as a flash, Marie-Cecile was in the door behind him, explaining about our video and how we’d love to film from the top floor. Before we knew it, we were in the lift and going up to the 12th floor where the employee just happened to work and just happened to have come in to work on a Saturday. He was happy for us to spend some time getting the shots we wanted, while he caught up on the e-mails.

Later Marie-Cecile told me of her year working with an Italian camera crew where they found that a TV camera and tripod would magically open doors for them, even to places which were normally closed to the public or where you’d have to pay to enter. When filming it pays to hone your chat up skills but it’s amazing what the sight of a tripod and a charming smile will do!

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  • Reply
    Peter Carey
    June 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve never been to Bristol but you photo now has me interested! Thanks for the chance to travel!

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    marina k. villatoro
    June 12, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    What’s most interesting is that there are more buses and boats then cars! That’s a first.

    Great shot!
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    Amy @ The Q Family
    June 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    What a view!

  • Reply
    June 12, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    That’s a great story. It’s amazing where a bit of chutzpah will get you!

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    June 13, 2009 at 4:03 am

    I always love shots like this from a vantage you don’t always see. Great that the camera helped get you in the door that day.

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    Nomadic Matt
    June 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Ohh I KNOW where that is!!! 🙂

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    Patrick B
    June 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    That’s an awesome view and great story. I will have to bring a camera and tripod to some of the highest secure buildings on my next vacation and try it for myself.

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    Jamaicans In Bristol
    August 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    You are right! 🙂
    Awesome view of Bristol!!

    I am not English but I have been living here for some time and I do love Bristol. I have been working on a feature documentary about the suburb of St. Pauls that maybe could interest everyone who lives and gets involved with his/her city. It will be launched 12th of August but the trailer is now uploaded. If you feel interested, please visit:



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    Heather Cowper
    August 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks Jamaicans – like the video

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    September 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm

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