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Bear Grylls Movie Magic

A look back at my exciting project making promotional movies for TAO Activities! The video above is a trailer designed to capture the interest of potential clients (young people and their guardians). Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to watch the full movie!

TAO are an alternative provision... I'm sure like me you may be wondering what an alternative provision is? In summary this is 'Education arranged by local authorities for pupils who, because of exclusion from a School, illness or other reasons, would not otherwise receive suitable education; education arranged by schools for pupils on a fixed period exclusion; and pupils being directed by schools to off-site provision to improve their behaviour.'

The company was founded by Danny who started his career as a teaching assistant and built himself up to an unqualified teacher. He then got seconded to various placements and quickly began to learn about and take interest in special educational needs. Combining these experiences with his love of outdoor pursuits TAO Activities was born.

TAO boast an incredible ninety one percent success rate getting young people back in to some form of education, training or employment. They achieve this through a variety of means in a four-phase program with outdoor adventures at the core of what they do... finally a little less Xbox and a little more real-world experience!

The first day of filming was down at Bugsworth Basin near Whaley Bridge in the High Peak. I videoed bush craft skills, kayaking and interviews from Danny & Colin. This was an intense day's working trying to film enough good material in a short amount of time whilst protecting my gear from the cold, wet and snowy conditions!

Danny & Colin demonstrate how to set up camp and build a fire quickly.

Danny jokes about his Hollywood status on camera.

So much more important than hearing from the business founder, the video could only have true credence if it included testimony from a former client. Step in Emily, a parental guardian to one of TAO's clients. Her heartfelt interview responses were crucial to the success and emotional impact of the video.

It was a trip up to Yorkshire to Emily's house for this one to where I decided the best setting was her kitchen. Once the kitchen table was cleared to another room I had just enough space and then the stage was set! Spot Colin too, who switched from interviewee to the interviewer for this one! Thanks Colin!

Having the talent onboard is critical to a successful and powerful interview, so I work hard to maintain friendly relationships with everyone I work with. Being a videographer means much more than simply turning up with some cameras.

That's me hard at work trying to get some killer shots and honestly I just love it, especially on a project like this one with human subject matter.

The hazy sunlight at Dovestone reservoir in Oldham really benefited the cinematic look of these shots!

There's me again stage left at another location in the High Peak. The caving suit and helmet was essential down Giant's Hole cave, Castleton (near Buxton). The water running from the granite ceilings was another challenge whilst the camera light I actually fashioned from my bicycle light to keep on budget, it was just the job.

If you can spare 15 minutes I'm sure you'll enjoy the full length movie below! Indeed I'm proud to say it's had critical acclaim from a director working for the BBC. Most importantly though it's the people on camera who really made it work so a special thanks to Danny, Colin and Emily.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from TAO's services please do share this page, they are honestly a great team of people to work with.

Corporate video is now an essential tool for selling your business to millions of prospective clients. Make sure the first media content they see reflects you and your business exactly as you intended. Give me a call today for a friendly chat and a quote.

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Thanks for reading.

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