The Solitary Rambler

HAYTOR TO HOUND TOR
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Filmed 30th October 2017
Post-production completed 19th January 2018

Running time 20 minutes
Synopsis

Dartmoor is an area I never explored, so at the end of October 2017 I travel to this region of Devon to spend some quality time getting to know this spectacular National Park. My tour takes me to Haytor , arguably Dartmoor’s most famous and popular location with visitors. I then wander around one of its pretty villages before ending my day at another tor , which is thought to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his most famous novel .....
Locations

Filmed in the county of Devon . Locations include Haytor , Widecombe-in-the-Moor and Hound Tor . This is the first film in Dartmoor .
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Background and production details

Earlier in 2017, when I was planning all my filming locations for the year, I thought that my films in the Cotswolds shot at the beginning of October would be the last for this year. However, I had already booked another week off work covering the end of October and the beginning of November, so I looked to spend some of that time shooting another film or two. Searching online on Travelodge and Premier Inn websites I came across a good deal at the Travelodge at Okehampton Whiddon Down , so I booked a couple of nights there on the last two dates in October. This was an exciting bonus for me as it meant I could film in an area I have never properly explored before, and that was Dartmoor .
 
On Monday 30th October I drove down the M5 and A38 duel carriageway to Devon , stopping briefly at Exeter Vale Tesco filling station to top my car up with fuel and grab and a sandwich and drink for lunch later. I eventually turned off the A38 and took the road to Bovey Tracey , from where I travelled along the B3387 to nearby Haytor , my first location I would be filming in Dartmoor. As this was my first day in the area and having made the long journey there, I decided to do as little walking as possible and just make this film a general tour of parts of Dartmoor, Haytor being the first port of call. I parked my car on a rough roadside parking area and climbed up to the rocks. I shot many scenes here and climbed onto and between the rocks where possible to try and make the shots as interesting as I could. I then walked below the rocks and circled them back to my car.
 
I wanted to make sure I featured at least one of Dartmoor’s villages, so I chose to film Widecombe-in-the-Moor , which was only a short drive further along the B3387. Arriving in Widecombe I parked the car in the main car park and unloaded my rucksack and camera again to film around the lovely village. Before setting off I just took a quick swig from the bottle of Lucozade I had bought with my sandwich earlier and put it into my rucksack. As I walked out of the car park I was suddenly aware of the backs of my trousers legs being wet, so I stopped to check my rucksack – I had not screwed the top of my Lucozade bottle on properly, so all the liquid leaked out and through the bottom of my rucksack, ruining my Dartmoor walking guidebooks that were inside as well as soaking everything else that was inside. I was not happy with myself! Anyway I started filming around Widecombe and just carried my rucksack for the time being and just occasionally put it on my back for the few shots where I filmed myself. Despite my clumsiness I was happy with the shooting around Widecombe.
 
I then wanted to film Hound Tor , which was back along the B3387 towards Haytor then down a lane where there was a quiet parking area below Hound Tor. As my rucksack was still wet I left it in the car in the hope that the sun might help to dry it off! Anyway the walk up to Hound Tor was quite easy and it was also of extra interest to me as I knew that another Doctor Who story, “ The Sontaran Experiment ”, had been filmed at this location back in 1974. I took various shots around the rocks and captured the views from the tor, which included a few distant shots of the remains of a deserted medieval village. Once I had completed filming at Hound Tor I made my way to Whiddon Down to my Travelodge  .

2017 was proving to be my busiest year of film making so far, so I decided to have a break from any work relating to my videos until the New Year. I finally began work on post-production on my Dartmoor film during late January 2018. I was toying with the idea of composing a Dartmoor theme for the musical score, but in the end I just wanted to create a damned good piece of music for this film. Over the previous months I had been recording short demos of any music that came into my head, so I developed one of the demos into the main theme for “Haytor to Hound Tor” using the VP Soft strings, piano, backpad, flute, and oboe voices on my Yamaha keyboard.


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