The Solitary Rambler

MAGNIFICENCE OF MALVERN
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Filmed 20th July 2014
Post-production completed 20th September 2014
Running time 18 minutes
Synopsis
 
Taking a slight detour on my way home from visiting family I explore a little of  Herefordshire  and  Worcestershire . After visiting a quaint village and town my main reason for the detour is to explore a small part of the magnificent  Malvern Hills . The personal family story I began to tell in the previous film is also continued here.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the  Malvern Hills  in the county of  Herefordshire  and  Worcestershire . Locations include  Eastnor Ledbury Malvern Wells  and  Great Malvern .
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Background and production details
 
Even before I would be visiting the Cotswolds at the end of June 2014 I was already bitten by the bug of the desire to travel to different areas of the UK to shoot new “Solitary Rambler” films. The next opportunity was going to arise almost a month later, the day after my Mum’s birthday on the 19th July. I would be travelling to Somerset to visit her for a few days, so I also looked to spend a couple of days filming somewhere on my way back home.

I didn’t take long to decide where I wanted to make my next film of “The Solitary Rambler” and that was going to be the  Malvern Hills . Like the Cotswolds, it wasn’t an area I was too familiar with, but in the two or three times I had previously visited I was very much taken with the countryside there. Therefore, I booked one night’s stay in a  Travelodge  not too far from this region, where I could also make another film in a different place the following day and then drive back home at the end of that day.

The story I had started to tell in “ Sanctum of the Slaughters ” could be continued in my Malvern Hills film, “Magnificence of Malvern”, and then conclude in the film I would shoot the following day, but all three films would still be their own standalone films.

Leaving my Mum’s home in Somerset on the morning of Sunday 20th July I drove up the M5 as far as Gloucester, from where I made my way to the small hamlet of  Eastnor  in  Herefordshire  to begin the day’s filming. After a short time there I moved on to the nearby town of  Ledbury  to shoot many scenes before driving off to the main location of this film, the Malvern Hills. I parked my car at Blackhill car park and walked along to the  Malvern Hills Hotel  on the A449 near  British Camp  to take a few shots here. It was a lovely hot and sunny day, so understandably the area was very busy with visitors.

Heading back towards the car park I started to walk onto the ridge of the Malvern Hills at Black Hill. I’m not too good when the heat is so humid, so I made it as far as the next hill, Pinnacle Hill, before deciding I had filmed enough of the ridge. It was more than sufficient, however, as I had managed to get plenty of good shots on camera. I then drove on to  Malvern Wells  parking my car on Peachfield Road where the Youth Hostel used to be, which is where I stayed for one night on my very first trip to the Malvern Hills back in 1986. I finished the day’s filming in  Great Malvern  to take a few shots of the town.

There were a couple of themes in my head that I knew I could use for the soundtrack of “Magnificence of Malvern”, one of which was an actual song I composed and recorded in 1987 called “Look at the Rain Dying Away”. I recorded a slower, instrumental version of this song for the film as well as recording a second theme to represent the Malvern Hills.
 
 
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