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!