We were approached by a young man called George Budd, who is a photography student at Falmouth University, as he wanted to produce some videos for his upcoming degree. That was music to our ears as we had been planning within our media strategy, to produce some videos to highlight our service to the communities within Cornwall and beyond.
As a charity and receiving no funding from the NHS, we raise money to ‘keep our wheels turning’ with activities such as fun day’s, collections at supermarkets, events and from the generous people within Cornwall who are good enough to donate to us, so naturally the offer of videos was graciously accepted.
As part of his degree course George had to submit 3 different pieces of work and he asked us if we could be one of them. It wasn’t till the Open Day, that we actually got round to meeting him. There had been emails exchanged to find out what he was after and what we could give. We had a good chat to discuss his requirements and what the Charity could gain from the filming. As part of the planning, we were given a financial breakdown and should we have sought someone to do this for us, it would have been in the £4000 + area.
It was decided that 3 pieces would be made. The first piece is an advert which you will find below as well as on our YouTube channel. The filming for this was done in Dave Wheaton’s garage and up and down the A30 near Redruth at night and in the fog which we didn’t think would work but came out superbly. Thanks to Dave Wheaton for the venue and Garry Williams for the cameraman transport and all the odd positions he got himself into. The second piece will take a documentary format and be in the region of 5 minutes long.
The filming for that was done some weeks ago in the Falmouth / Truro area where access was granted for filming in 2 hospitals and a Haematology Department. That was a very long day for the cameraman, Mark Holroyd (Cameraman transport) and Toby Best. There was a lot of mileage done as well as time spent. We will be getting that piece late July, early August.
We had everything crossed that the weather on the day we had chosen was going to be good to us and luckily it was. We met George at the University at 1pm and managed to pack his mountain of cameras, tripods, gimbals, frames and laptops onto our support bike, which was generously provided by our Fundraising manager, Mark. Once packed we were off!!
First stop was Falmouth Hospital who were good enough to allow us to film there. As we arrived we were met by the staff (as they knew we were coming) who talked through with George, where and what he wanted to film. Once that was agreed, George did his expert camera work and got the shots we needed.
Then we were off to The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust Treliske, in Truro. On route, George who was safely strapped onto the support bike, had his camera in a plethora of different angles to get the necessary shots of the bike in motion. On arrival at the hospital we were met by staff once again (as again this had all been pre-arranged). We then filmed in the corridor and then went to visit the Haematology Lab. This is where we would ordinarily be collecting or delivering blood and samples from around Cornwall. As always the staff at the Haematology Lab were immensely welcoming to us as well as George and were all interested in why we were there. George was taken into the lab (after a briefing) and was able to film certain parts of the lab that would be of benefit to the film.
It was now quite late in the afternoon and it was rush hour, but thats what we wanted! George wanted to get some shots of the marked bike in traffic. As with any charity we are blessed with people that want to help and volunteers with a whole host of skills, and this is where one of our volunteers, Geoff Crocker came in. He arrived at the Hospital to meet us in his Range Rover, so that George could lye in the back with his cameras whilst the marked bike followed him. It certainly looked like something out of Top Gear or a BBC production!! Im sure we got some funny looks from members of the public, especially as George was in the boot and had a crash helmet on so that we could talk to him via bluetooth headsets! Nevertheless it may have looked odd but it certainly worked, as George was able to tell the rider exactly where he wanted the bike for the shots, which i’m sure saved loads of time.
After the filming in traffic it was time for a well earned meal at the local MacDonalds (it was close by, i’m sure you understand!), but it gave us the perfect opportunity to review the footage we had shot to make sure it was ok.
After a brief interlude to eat and drink, we set off again, through the streets of Truro and the A30, so that George could get the extra shots he needed with some evening shots, and having got the shots it was time to drop George off and wave good bye after a long long long but immensely enjoyable day.
George I am sure will go far in his chosen field and we wish him every success in his degree and indeed his career. His professionalism on the day and expertise was amazing, and Cornwall Blood Bikes would like to say a massive thank you to him for producing this video (and others that are on the way).
It always astounds me how the people in Cornwall pull out all the stops to support us and the help us provide an excellent service to our communities.
We hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to share it. The Youtube link is here
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