The Solitary Rambler

DRAWN TO DUNTISBOURNE
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Filmed 3rd October 2017
Post-production completed 16th December 2017

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

I decide to revisit two places in the Cotswolds that I had been to in my younger days on a cycling holiday. The first place is Minchinhampton , a small town I remember really liking from that cycling trip. I return to the village today and explore a little of the nearby Minchinhampton Common . The second place I recall from my cycling holiday is possibly my favourite village in the Cotswolds, the wonderful and peaceful Duntisbourne Abbots . ....
Locations

Filmed in the Cotswolds in the county of Gloucestershire . Locations include Nailsworth , Minchinhampton , Minchinhampton Common , Amberley  and Duntisbourne Abbots .
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Background and production details

After my second night in the Travelodge in Cirencester in October 2017, and before travelling home the following day, I was going to make one more film in the Cotswolds . One of my very earliest trips to the area was in 1986, just after I joined the Youth Hostels Association , when I cycled through the Cotswolds. I had stayed at three Youth Hostels in and around the area, so I decided to make my next Cotswolds film in a couple of locations that I had visited on that particular trip. The first was Minchinhampton , which I do remember being particularly pretty, especially the climb up to it from Nailsworth and across Minchinhampton Common . The second and, for me, the most important location, was the quiet village of Duntisbourne Abbots , which was where one of the three Youth Hostels was situated during my cycling trip in 1986. I recall that Duntisbourne Abbots was a favourite village of mine in the Cotswolds that I had visited, so it was essential that I made a “Solitary Rambler” film here.

On Tuesday 3rd October 2017 I left the Travelodge in Cirencester and drove to Nailsworth. Now I wasn’t really planning on featuring Nailsworth as such, but I started there as there were plenty of cafes where I could have breakfast before I began the day’s filming. I discovered the Olive Tree Restaurant , which had good reviews on TripAdvisor , so I went there and had a very nice full English breakfast. After this I decided to take three or four shots of Nailsworth, just to try and establish the climb up above it towards Minchinhampton Common, I then moved on to drive up the steep hill, parking briefly at the top to capture a couple of shots of cows I found wandering across the road. Driving on again I made my way into Minchinhampton, parked the car in a parking area at the end of Bell Lane and began filming around the village. There were more cows wandering in the Market Square, so I got a couple of shots of those and continued to film around various streets and buildings in the village, including West End, High Street and Butt Street, the Market House and Holy Trinity Church.

The walk I would be filming began where I had parked my car, so from here I walked parallel with Cirencester Road along the edge of the common, keeping in moreorless a straight line as far as Minchinhampton Golf Course. Turning right I then headed towards Amberley as far as the war memorial before making my way back across the common towards where my car was parked. Filming some of the scenes where I was talking into the camera had been quite tricky due to the wind, but there wasn’t anything I could do about it, so I knew would just have to try and splice several bits of scenes together later on in post-production.

Driving on from Minchinhampton I travelled along the A419 towards Cirencester as far as Chapmans Cross where I would take the lane signposted to Sapperton . I just wanted one shot at Chapmans Cross so I stopped in a small layby on the lane Sapperton to capture this. Carrying on I soon arrived in Duntisbourne Abbots and parked beside the road in front of St Peter’s Church. I walked up to the tiny triangular island in the centre of the T-junction at the top of the hill and walked clockwise through the village shooting many scenes as I went. Most of the shots were taken from the churchyard of St Peter’s Church where I captured great views of the houses and rooftops. By around 3:30pm I had finished the day’s shooting, but before leaving Duntisbourne Abbots I backed up all the captured footage from the camera onto my laptop and external USB drive, just for my own peace of mind before I began the long journey back home .

I had composed a musical score in “Sanctum in the Slaughters” to represent the Cotswolds, so for “Drawn to Duntisbourne” I wanted to use that same theme, albeit a different version. I used numerous voices for the solo and accompaniment of my Cotswolds theme so that I could keep it varied, which included the "shine on" pad, piano, saxophone, brass, violin, viola, oboe and a hip hop rhythm in a couple of sequences.


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