Hopefully nobody else will take any notice of that, and let’s hope the video will help provide a good and honest pictue of what you can expect when you stay here in Tom’s or Douglas’s Barns. We already have three videos, taken over the years, but every year we spruce things up and change things a bit and we felt it was time to have a new video showing things as they are now. We gave the contract to our son and two colleague who are professional video makers amongst other similar skills. They came up here from London laden with kit, their own and special lights and photographic equipment hired for the shoot, including a jib so they could get some shots from (sort of) on high.How hard the three worked! And John and I worked pretty hard too, in the background. Our brief to the crew – Nick, Lisa and Eugene, was to create a short but informative video with no frills, giving a good idea of what guests can expect. We stressed the ‘no frills’ aspect, that we did not want to create a false impression. (We have all gone to quite ordinary places that look nothing like the spacious, luxurious photos we have admired beforehand. We always feel unreasonably pleased when guests arrive and say “Gosh! It’s much better than it looks on the website!”
I fear we may possibly have overstressed this aspect, because when we cam to tidy up afterwards we found tasteful throws (always there) stowed away in cupboards, and things like the Radio Times and Derbyshire Life we always leave out had been neatly tidied up and away out of sight!So rather than taking things with a pinch of salt, you may have to add a pinch of salt to the views. We’ll see. Anyway, I am being a bit flippant but really we were deeply impressed by the approach of the three video makers, who worked so hard and thoroughly professionally. You begin to see why even a shortish film in the cinema costs so much, when two solid days of filming will boil down to two or three minutes of viewing. And this didn’t involve actors – apart from the dreaded cake baking shot in our kitchen – just inanimate objects in inanimate rooms but still lenses had to be adjusted, heavy lights and equipment had to be manhandled and kept out of cameraview and all within quite a tight space.
So tight that John and I, probably luckily, couldn’t squeeze in to watch or provide well-intentioned suggestions. So we await with as much suspense as the next person.
It has been really hot here as it has in most parts of the country. We are getting ready for Open Gardens next Sunday, 25 June 2017. The rose above the stone barn has prolific blooms that we are hoping will still be there at the end of the week. Lots of hot air balloons […]
Chatsworth House played host to RHS flower show for the 1st time this year. The setting is delightful and the show gardens all very natural which is lovely to see in this Peak District setting. Peak District Premier Cottages contributed to the sponsorship of the Experience Peak District garden which won a Silver Gilt medal. […]
The Eroica Festival will be taking place at Friden Grange between the 16 and 18 June 2017. This is one of the most popular events in the cycling and festival calendars and Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns are ideally placed being only 5 miles from the venue. You do not even need to get in the […]