A Working Holiday
Earlier this month I went on my first shoot as part of the Vintra production team, following a presenter to document a winter mini-break. All with the aim of putting together a video campaign for a number of clients in travel and leisure, promoting year-round holidaying in the U.K.
Lucky me! First month on the job and I’m already going away on glamourous mini-breaks... Then I saw the brief, we were on location in East Yorkshire, to investigate what Motorhoming in deepest, darkest winter was really like.
Not quite the city break/spa weekend I’d imagined. Instead, I’d be spending the night in a Motorhome on the Grimsby coastline in mid-January.
We based ourselves at Little End Corner Caravan Site, situated by a picturesque fishing lake. The location was such an idyllic setting, but the eye-catching surroundings were slightly spoilt on the first day by the weather; our welcome to Yorkshire was greeted by cold, wet and windy conditions, which made filming outdoors unpleasant.
Fortunately, a tough filming day was made easier by enjoying an evening of laughter, pasta bolognese and gas heating, as the six of us comfortably relaxed in the Tracker RS Motorhome, protected from the harsh elements outside.
It was a tough night’s sleep as I foolishly turned off the heating in my motorhome, and woke up unsurprisingly freezing at 2am! I quickly defrosted after turning it back on, and will not be making that same mistake in the future.
Our hard work on the first day was rewarded on the second, when we awoke to a stunning sunrise followed by a beautiful morning of sunshine, which made the lake setting all the more serene and tranquil. The team made the most of the morning sun as we captured our “man in the field” doing a little fishing and wildlife watching before a trip to a deserted Cleethorpes beach in the afternoon, where we treated ourselves to fish and chips.
Amazingly, we were the only souls on the campsite, I guess camping near Grimsby in mid-January isn't for everyone, but we just felt so lucky on the second day to enjoy those peaceful settings by the lake and on the beach in ideal conditions - and we had it all to ourselves.
We captured some fantastic footage of the Great British outdoors and the experience has really energised us to make the most of the campaign. We’re definitely in agreement with our clients that people should take more mini-breaks, although I hope next time the team will be pitching the client that spa break, so I don’t end up pitching a tent!