Yesterday we completed our second ‘location scouting’ trip–visiting possible filming sites for a selection of the Watermarks poems and short stories. We even had glorious sunshine to set the scene!
We started our day with some ‘hands-on’ introductions to the iPads and iMovie–which we will be using during the project–and have learned that feet and thumbs tend to feature quite a lot in our out-takes (we like to think of this as ’embodied’ impressionistic filming)!
After our mini-iPad tutorial, we headed up The Law and chatted about how we can use this expansive view as a broader scene-setting location. We then travelled back down to the River Tay and the Rail Bridge Disaster Memorial. The Horn Cafe once again provided fuel for the rest of the trip, which took us back to Perth City Centre.
The River Tay has been a prominent feature in Perth, connecting it to people and places near and far. The Perth Bridge (shown here) features in one of the Watermarks stories, and the author–Stuart Wardrop–along with the rest of us, were collaborating to come up with ideas for some special sound effects linked to a dramatic point in this particular narrative. More updates are to follow on these technical discussions!
After a wander around the galleries–including the very informative Geography/Nature learning exhibition designed to be accessible to children–we walked along part of the nearby, and recently launched, River Tay Public Art Trail. Including a range of stand-alone sculptural pieces and a series of designs carved into the embankment walkway wall, the trail provides another platform through which to creatively experience the River Tay and its surroundings. The guide to the trail notes, “The River Tay is the longest river in Scotland and the most powerful river in Britain. It flows through the City of Perth and it is to the river that the city owes its existence–having grown up in the middle-ages around the lowest point that the river could be bridged” (Perthshire Public Art Trust, 2014).
We completed our trip with an impromptu visit to The Old Council Chambers at 3 and 5 High Street, Perth, where we were kindly given a unique opportunity to admire its intricate nineteenth century stained glass windows. The chambers host many marriage, civil and naming ceremonies, and provide an atmospheric venue–a hidden gem, not at all obvious from the street below.
It was then back to the bus, and the competent hands of Alan Long, our intrepid photographer, field technician and minibus driver!