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.
Still chance to surprise you Valentine with a couple of days away in the Peak District. Douglas’s Barn is available for a mid week break. Cake and a romantic barn awaits. Worth sneaking off from work for a couple of nights
What a difference from last week when our guests were battling through snow to get here and to get out again. Today the sun has been shining and and it had a bit of a feeling of spring. Can’t wait for spring to get out in the garden and start work in the new greenhouse. […]
Happy New Year to everyone and looking forward to welcoming past and new guests in 2018. It may be cold and miserable outside so just the right time to recover from the Christmas festivities in a warm and cosy barn. Short breaks are available throughout the year and the cost of a stay is at […]