The Solitary Rambler

QUALITY OF THE QUANTOCKS
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Filmed 28th August 2017
Post-production completed 11th October 2017
​Running time 20 minutes

Synopsis

Although I used to drive through the Quantock Hills during my life living in Somerset , it was never an area I explored to a great extent. Therefore, in August 2017 I travel back to the Quantocks to try to rectify this. My walk takes me along part of the Quantock ridge and a route below the hills. The highlight for me is reaching the Quantocks highest point, from where the views are outstanding.....
Locations
 
Filmed in the Quantock Hills in the county of Somerset . Locations include Lydeard Hill, Wills Neck, Triscombe Stone and West Bagborough .
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Background and production details
 
I never felt I had explored the Quantock Hills properly. I drove through the area several times when I lived in Weston-super-Mare in the late 1990’s, but never really stopped there to have a walk or a good look around. So, at the end of August 2017 I chose the Quantocks as a place to make a film of “The Solitary Rambler”. This time I had booked a couple of nights stay in a B&B, so I planned to stop at Mum’s for a few days on the way down, then I would film in the Quantocks on the day I would be moving on to where I would be staying.
 
On Monday 28th August I drove from Mum’s just after 8am and arrived at Lydeard Hill Car Park around 9am. It was a Bank Holiday so the car park was already quite busy, so I was pleased I chose to get an early start this morning. The weather forecast for the day was also very good, high temperature and lots of sunshine, which was exactly how it turned out, so I was prepared to be sharing the Quantocks with many other walkers. Starting from Lydeard Hill I took some wonderful shots as walked along the ridge. Eventually I came to Wills Neck, the highest point on the Quantocks, and to my dismay a family was sitting right against the triangulation pillar. I just had to get on with shooting with them in the picture as there was nothing I could do about that. However, as I was walking away from the trig point I saw these people move off, so I very quickly ran back and re-shot the scenes on Wills Neck with no-one else in the picture!
 
As I continued along the Quantock ridge I passed some Exmoor ponies, so caught a few shots of them. I then came to the Triscombe Stone car park, passing the stone itself, which was considerably smaller than I had perhaps thought before my visit. Carrying on shortly beyond here I turned off the ridge to walk down Triscombe Combe, eventually arriving in the hamlet of Triscombe. I just captured a few shots of the local pub, the Blue Ball Inn , and followed the lane heading east. My way took me through woods and fields before reaching St Pancras church on the edge of West Bagborough . Taking some shots of the village I then climbed slowly back to the ridge, which I found quite a hard slog! Thankfully I reached the top where I took the last few shots before heading back to my car in Lydeard Hill car park. That was the day’s shooting completed on the Quantocks, so I drove on towards where I would be staying for the next couple of days.
 
I started work on the post-production of “Quality of the Quantocks” around the end of September. I had a little music in my head, which harked back to when I visited the West Somerset coast close to the Quantocks in the past, but in the end I felt it wouldn’t work for this film. Therefore, I composed a completely new theme from scratch for my film of “The Solitary Rambler” set in the Quantock Hills. I primarily used a piano sound and the VP Soft strings as the usual accompaniment I like, but I tried a “talk box” pad voice in a couple of other places, partly to experiment with new sounds as well as attempting to bring more variety to my film soundtracks.


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