It’s 2019 and the Easter Weekend has arrived with glorious weather here in Kinross, Scotland. We’ve spent the weekend at Tullibole Castle near Crook of Devon, Kinross at the wedding fair. We enjoyed meeting some couples and demonstrating some aerial photography. We also enjoyed feeding the Peacocks some of our lunch and in return they put on amazing feather displays for us and some singing skills too. So am looking forward to doing some more work with Tullibole Castle in Future.
I also will be working with Jo Middlemiss of Kinross who runs the Ethiopia Medical Project which is carrying out aid work in Africa so am feeling blessed for the tools I can use to help Jo with her mission.
If you’re looking for a fantastic location for your Film production or Photography fashion shoot – Kinross may just fit the bill. Located in central Fife, Scotland, Kinross is within a short commute from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dunfermline, St Andrews and Clackmannanshire.
The area is steeped in history and perhaps the most famous historical icon of Loch Leven is Loch Leven Castle where the legendary Mary Queen of Scots was captured while she tried to escape the English crown in 1568.Interestingly, this year (2019) a Mary Queen of Scots movie was released in the UK cinemas – I’m not sure if any of it was shot in Loch Leven, and the main cast being Americans and Australians.
The castle ruins themselves provide a very haunting and atmospheric scene for your movie, documentary or photo shoot.The castle can be accessed during the summer months via boat from the Historic Scotland office which is located by the Boat House.
So, lets begin our location tour, starting at the Boat House restaurant.Here you will find a small jetty where you can take the boat to Loch Leven Castle.There is ample parking and you are also close to the giant wall that protects Kinross House, which keeps the local population well at bay.Kinross house is rented out to the rich and famous for various functions.
All the locations can be found round the road which circles the entire loch.You can leave your car at the handy car park which has ample spaces.From there you can walk the path towards Kinross house which after 15 mintues walk, you’ll find another small jetty which I used as a backdrop for a fashion shoot.You can also drive along a small road from the town centre to get to this location and park at the small jetty. Close by is a haunting graveyard which belongs to Kinross house but is accessible to the public.
Next on your tour you can drive round the loch either direction until you pass by RSPB Vane Farm visitor centre and cafe.Don’t stop there but just past Vane Farm you’ll find Loch Leven Lodges cafe and picknick stop.
There is a car park and you can walk down to the sluice gates where the river flows into the loch.There’s a country lane with a small bridge and drystone wall which I’ve used for a backdrop.You are also a stone’s throw from the waterside with panoramic views of the Ochil Hills.
Continuing on your location hunt, you may wish to stop at Scotlandwell.This historically famous location is where the magical mystical healing well rests, its healing properties have been used by the red monks in mediaevil times.You’ll find a car park next to Scotlandwell church, and from there you can cross the road and walk up the the Kilmagad woodland walk.You just follow the path and it will snake up the hill giving you several vantage points showing a backdrop of Loch Leven.
I used this location to make two horror micro movies.A word of warning – if you’re shooting in this location during the winter months, wrap up warm!!The winds cut right through you so best to wear waterproofs to cut out that windchill.
Your final stop will be at Burleigh Castle, another historical place where Mary Queen of Scots used to dine with friends before she was put under surveillance.
The Castle is a mini castle and makes a haunting backdrop for any movie or photo shoot requiring atmosphere, especially on a foggy day.
So there you have it – Loch Leven is beautiful in all weathers and everywhere is accessible by car.There are plenty of cafes and Farm shops where your cast and crew can dine in style.You also have the town of Kinross nearby with amenities, petrol stations and hotels.
Happy New Year everyone!! This new year I am excited as I have now found a new supplier of media production equipment – Calumet of Edinburgh. I intend to visit Calumet shortly to invest in new lighting and sound recording to help improve the quality of productions for the coming new year.
Also I will be looking forward to networking in Edinburgh, Perth and Stirling to make new contacts and new clients who may be looking for a video production company to provide customer testimonial web video services!
Sorry folks, I have not been blogging for some weeks now – I was worried I might not remember how to use wordpress! Fortunately, it’s all starting to come back to me. I have been distracted with work commitments. Well, I made the decision that it was high time that I sold my Canon XHA1 camcorder. After 8 years it had served me well. This model is a tape camera and with the advent of the new Final Cut Pro X editing software (and the end of DVD production for me!!), I felt that it was time to stick with using tapeless workflows. The camera went to a good home along with the Sennheiser Radio Mic kit. I intend to continue with my Scuba Diver training with a view to adapting my SLR camera kit for underwater image capture applications. However, training will take a year or two yet, so I would like to concentrate on helping people develop websites and focus on still image capture. I also want to spend time developing motion graphics and get back into working on some story telling media projects that have gone by the wayside. Now that I use FCPX, I may have to re edit the story telling projects, as they were originally edited with the old version of FCP. The only constant thing in life is change, and I feel change is good. I have rid myself of my old diving dry suit and exchanged it for a fantastic new semi dry – my diving has improved already with new kit. So who knows where the wonderful ever changing world of Communications will take me next. It’s the end of an old era and on with the new – updates to follow folks.
Well after returning from Montrose this weekend to record a Guinness world record of Squash playing by a Scotsman (over 69 games in 12 hours) I am considering producing an Anti Bullying fllm by a young writer from Leven in Fife. The role of a Film Producer is to be responsible for the budget of a movie – to work out how much it will cost for each element such as paying crew fees, hire of equipment, transportation and so on. I may be required to help recruit a crew and I may even need to be present at the shootings. This is a new role for me so I will be pleased to take this job on should this production go ahead.
This week I was approached by an Edinburgh based author to produce a 30 second video clip that can be used to promote her debut novel on social media sites and the internet. More authors now are realising the importance of digital marketing techniques and the use of social media to promote their works. One of the possible locations will be Loch Carron which is not far from Skye. It looks like I may be camping so am looking forward to this project as it will be nice to get up into the highlands again. Again I can only hope and pray for dry weather. More updates to follow folks.