The Solitary Rambler

EPIDEMIC OF EYAM
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Filmed 5th November 2014
Post-production completed 22nd December 2014
Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis
 
I visit the famous "plague village" of  Eyam  in the  Peak District  and do a short circular walk taking in one of the neighbouring villages and a hamlet with a pub providing a spectacular view. I also talk about a minibus trip I organised earlier in the year, which involved stopping at some of these pubs I pass today.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the  Peak District  in the county of  Derbyshire . Locations include  Eyam Foolow Bretton  and  Mompesson's Well .
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Background and production details
 
After I had gone out to film “ Heights of Hathersage ” on Monday 3rd November I looked at shooting another film during that same week. I decided to make my next film based in and around the  Peak District  village of  Eyam , which would include the neighbouring village of  Foolow  and the tiny hamlet of  Bretton . I went out on Wednesday 5th November to make this film of “The Solitary Rambler”.

Arriving in Eyam before 9am that morning I parked my car on the main street next to the famous Plague Cottages. It was another lovely morning as far as the weather was concerned, and so I shot some lovely scenes. “Epidemic of Eyam”, as I had decided to call it, was my 15th short film, so I was now more than confident about shooting videos in this way and visually composing my shots really well. The day was windy again, so by the time I had reached Foolow it was very difficult to film one shot of me talking into the camera without the sound being badly muffled. In the end I had to give up and decide to add additional commentary during post-production to complete what I was trying to say.

Climbing up to the Barrel Inn at Bretton there were plenty of great shots to take. However, I didn’t stop at the pub for lunch, despite being sorely tempted, so I ate my sandwich I had brought with me instead and followed the lane to Sir William Hill. Filming a few shots on Eyam Moor I took the path back towards Eyam stopping at  Mompesson's Well  before reaching the village to complete the day’s filming.

For the musical soundtrack I composed another variation of my Peak District theme “Song of the Peaks” for the sequences in and around Eyam as well as a simple guitar theme for the scenes of Foolow, Bretton, Sir William Hill and Eyam Moor.
 
 
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