The logistics of shooting a Marathon in a mountain range are needless to say a bit tricky. Realistically a large number of camera operators, POV cameras, drones etc would be the ideal setup. We had a three man crew!
The brief was to make a short promotional film that would attract competitors from all over to come and compete in next years Marathon. These guys clearly love a challenge so it was our duty to rise to this particular challenge and make a film that reflected the difficulties faced by the competitors.
We set on a plan to show the stark beauty of the Mourne Mountain range and contrast it with close up detail of the race. Also included in the original plan was to grab short soundbites from the competitors once they crossed the finish line and set them against the various images. That unfortunately didn't make it to the final cut thanks to a very loud PA system and howling wind. However, looking at how fresh some of the racers were, you begin to wonder would they have actually had anything to say about how challenging it was! Superhuman...
With two cameramen and a "sherpa" (sorry Stuart) we arrived at 6.00am at the outskirts of the Mournes in torrential rain and darkness. We were not at all looking forward to the long walk ahead to get to our positions for the day, given that we were still jet lagged and exhausted after a gruelling two week shoot in the USA. That morning however, will go down as one of the happiest days of my life.
When we arrived at Trassey Track we found that the gates were unlocked. This meant that we could get the trusty Land Rover Defender on to the lane. The subsequent two gates were both also unlocked, enabling us to drive right into the heart of the Mournes over some massive boulder fields, taking us twenty minutes from our final destination. Very happy boys indeed. You gotta love a Land Rover!
The Trassey Track winds it's way into the Mournes
Next the rain stopped... Unbelievable. We made it to the top in time to get some very moody landscapes, setup for the runners arrival and then listen to another TV cameraman (who was old enough to know better) scoffing down his nose at the Sony FS7 and DJI Inspire we had brought along. Can't believe we forgot the coffee though.
We're proud of the result and the client is too. We're also delighted to bring photographer Mark McCormick into the Wolfhound fold. Mark has a promising future in film if his photography career is anything to go by.