It has been an enjoyable and productive week working with Carney Turner and Mohamed El-Fatih of Crows Nest Films. We first came across Mr Turner a few years back when he put together a short documentary style video for us in magnificently moody monochrome – a production of which we remain inordinately proud and which is immortalised in Laddiespeak as ‘The Carney Video’.
Carney and Mo and Jack Russell, their long-suffering camera assistant sometimes known as Dylan, have lugged their lamps, sliders and umbrellas into a number of unlikely locations both in the distillery and around the wider island. They have tangled with tractors, fallen into gorse bushes and been asked to lock horns with herds of frisky Highland cattle. None of this quite prepared them for a couple of evenings of corporate hospitality courtesy of the not inconsiderable shape of farmer James Brown of Octomore – certainly their toughest assignment of the shoot.
We have loads of epic footage ‘in the can’ to hit the jargon. We are going to be producing another ‘Carney video’ that will set the scene for the next chapter in the life of the world’s greatest single malt whisky distillery, and we have also nailed some very pretty scenes as we build up a library for ‘The Botanist‘. Add this to lots of farmer action, and some great footage of Jim McEwan in his native environment and you can see that we have a big year in video stretching out ahead of us. Watch this space…
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