It’s that time of year again, the time for My RØDE Reel, a film competition which challenges filmmakers to put together a three minute short film on a theme of their choosing. Last year I entered the competition with a short about Ed’s running. This year’s film is a gliding documentary about my father-in-law Roger Banks who is a glider pilot. It was filmed in the Cotswolds at Cotswold Gliding Club near Stroud in Gloucestershire. For the uninitiated, gliding is a competitive air sport. Pilots fly unpowered aircraft and stay airborne by finding and using thermals, ridge and wave patterns. Some gliders also have small engines for the purpose of sustaining flight in sub-optimal conditions, but the aim of the game is to stay in the air and traverse long distances by following thermals, ridge and wave patterns across the country.
Rachelle and Adrian got married at Braxted Park near Chelmsford in Essex at the start of May. They held their ceremony at All Saints Church in the grounds of Braxted Park and their reception in the fixed marquee on site.
Aimee and Matt’s wedding took place deep in the Worcestershire countryside in the village of Fladbury. Their ceremony was held at St John the Baptist, Fladbury and followed by a reception up the road at Springhill Barn. Springhill itself is a fantastic venue for a laidback country wedding. The owners are really friendly and helpful and kindly welcomed us when we arrived early in the morning to scout the venue before filming morning preparations.
Sarah and Craig’s beautiful, family-oriented garden party wedding took place back in August in Dunchurch, Warwickshire. Their ceremony was held at St Peter’s Church and was followed by a garden party reception in a PapaKåta sperry tent up the road at the bride’s parents’ home. Their day was all about family, with contributions to the details of the day from all sides. The flowers lining the tent were homegrown by the bride’s mother and grandfather, styling and planning were provided by her two sisters, and their wedding cake was lovingly made by an aunt.
Mariam and Samie celebrated their Walima at the Forest of Arden in Birmingham at the start of July. I loved how colourful and visual Mariam and Samie’s Walima was and enjoyed filming all of the dancing including the traditional Afghan Attan Dance and Knife Dance. All of the photos in this post are still frames from video.
I’m in the process of making a documentary about my husband Ed’s attempts to break 15 minutes for 5km. At the moment his PB is 15:09, set in the summer of 2015 at a Tipton Harriers open meet. I’ve been tagging along to nearly every race over the past 6 months to capture race footage, from grim cross country races under flight paths and grey skies (Donington Nationals) to blisteringly hot Midlands League events such as Tamworth where Ed has taken it upon himself to gather points for his team and navigate immovable barriers at speed. The steeplechase really is an event for masochists.