The Solitary Rambler

LIVELINESS OF LUDLOW
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Filmed 21st July 2014
Post-production completed 26th September 2014
Running time 18 minutes
Synopsis
 
I visit the lovely market town of  Ludlow  in South  Shropshire  before spending some time touring around the  Shropshire Hills . Towards the end of my day I find myself reunited with the  River Severn  in the historic settlement of Ironbridge. The personal family story I began to talk about in the preceding two films is also completed in this film.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the county of  Shropshire . Locations include  Ludlow Wilderhope Manor  and  Ironbridge .
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Background and production details
 
I began to tell a story in “ Sanctum of the Slaughters ”, which I continued in “ Magnificence of Malvern ", and I would tell its conclusion in “Liveliness of Ludlow”. In spite of the continuing story “Slaughters” and “Malvern” were still films in their own right and “Ludlow” would be the same.

After I had completed my day’s filming in the Malvern Hills for “Magnificence of Malvern” I drove on up to  Ludlow  in  Shropshire  where I had booked a night’s stay in the local  Travelodge . It was already in my mind that I would make a film in Shropshire the day after I had been in the Malverns. As I would be staying in Ludlow it seemed logical to make a film in the town, a place I had only ever visited once before. I remembered that it was a pretty town, so making a “Solitary Rambler” in Ludlow and other parts of Shropshire was a very appealing idea. It was somewhere new again, and not a place, as with the Cotswolds, where I ever thought or ever considered filming.

I enjoyed a fantastic meal in  the Queens  in Ludlow, a pub I tried out of pure luck after I had checked in to the Travelodge on the evening before filming. Because it was so nice I decided to make a point of talking about it during my filming in the town the next morning, which began early at Dinham Bridge. Most of the morning was spent filming around the town centre capturing shots of many of the Tudor style buildings, the exterior of the castle and the market in Castle Square.

The filming in Ludlow finished at Ludford Bridge, so I then travelled further north to  Wilderhope Manor  to shoot a few scenes here. By late afternoon I was in  Ironbridge  to film a little of the town as well as the infamous  Iron Bridge  that crosses the  River Severn . Once filming was completed I made my way home, which was about a two hour drive away. It had been a very hot sunny day, as was the previous day in the Malvern Hills, but in both cases they had been very pleasant days indeed.

For the music I wanted to compose a theme to represent the Tudor atmosphere of Ludlow, so I came up with a basic soundtrack using the harpsichord sound on my keyboard. In late 1986 I had spent a few days cycling around Shropshire, at which time I composed a theme for the area. I recorded it as a song that same year, so I opted to use it for some of the soundtrack to “Liveliness of Ludlow”. I recorded a few instrumental segments of the song, which were dubbed in parts of the film.
 
 
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