The Solitary Rambler

POOLS OF PRIDDY
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Filmed 14th July 2017
Post-production completed 7th September 2017

Running time 19 minutes
Synopsis
 
I got to know the Mendip Hills very well from my younger days, so I return to enjoy a walk around my personal favourite spot. It is a place called Priddy , a delightful secluded village, which I visited many times during summer evenings. My walk around Priddy includes a visit to the remains of ancient barrows and a nature reserve , containing what is known as Priddy Pools .....
Locations
 
Filmed in the Mendip Hills in the county of Somerset .   Locations include Priddy , Velvet Bottom, Priddy Mineries , Priddy Nine Barrows and Ashen Hill Barrows .
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Background and production details
 
Cliffs of Cheddar ” was the first of two films of “The Solitary Rambler” I wanted to make in the Mendip Hills , the second would be in the quiet village of Priddy . I got to know Priddy well from my years of living in Bristol as I used to take a drive out there during summer evenings in the early to mid 1990s, almost every evening in some cases. It was a lovely drive and I sometimes would enjoy a half at one of the two villages pubs, the New Inn and the Queen Victoria . Now that my mind was set to make a couple of films in the Mendips I always knew that Priddy was going to be the “must do” location, so I decided to film here the day after I had filmed in Cheddar .

On Friday 14th July 2017 I drove out to the Mendips and parked my car on an unofficial layby on a lane at Velvet Bottom near Charterhouse . I wanted my first scene to be filmed here as I always remember thinking it was a nice spot during my summer evening drives. After capturing those first few shots I drove on to Priddy, parking in front of what was the New Inn. I took many shots around the village, which were mainly around the green with its hurdle stack. I captured shots of the exterior of the Queen Victoria complete with a wonderful classic car in the car park. Walking to the other end of the village I filmed the church next to the school where I began the walk itself.

The walk took me across fields to Eastwater, eventually emerging onto Wells Road then off again to follow a path towards Priddy Mineries . Taking some shots of the pool and surrounding area I turned up North Hill with Priddy Nine Barrows and Ashen Hill Barrows . The path left the field beyond here onto a road where I was trying to find Priddy Circles , but from the road I was unable to see them. Therefore, I returned to the field and took another path soon emerging onto Nine Barrows Lane, which I followed back into Priddy. My filming was completed, so I was going to pop into the Queen Victoria, but decided not to at the last minute. Instead I followed the road from Priddy to Cheddar as, after I had filmed in Cheddar the previous day, I had spotted a stall selling fresh Cheddar strawberries, so I chose to stop there today and treat myself to one of their large punnets!

The musical soundtrack was completely new; it wasn’t created from anything I had composed in the past. I decided to try some different keyboard voices again in an attempt to vary the music in each film. For this one, “Pools of Priddy”, I primarily used a choir voice for some of the solo and a “vapor” sound pad as part of the accompaniment. As the music progressed I added a couple of guitar sounds, brass, strings and a Hip Hop drum beat in a few places.


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