FILMING THE 2014 GREAT CORNWALL FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

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TV chiefs, the Great British Bake-Off and other food programmes do not rock my boat. Well, that is not strictly true. I do remember growing up with the “Galloping Gourmet” (Graham Kerr, was it? The guy who, at the end of the programme, would hand pick an attractive lady from the audience to dine with him and enjoy the dish that he had created as the credits scrolled up the screen) and I enjoyed watching the scenes of Cornwall on Rick Stein’s programmes before moving down here. I am afraid that this is one area that has passed me by.
So, when Cornwall Life Magazine editor Carol Burns asked me to cover this year’s Great Cornwall Food and Drink Festival, I wasn’t over-enamoured. She fixed me up with the event organiser, Ruth Huxley and pointed me to the website. How do you make something fairly, inanimate come alive? Well, I decided to sandwich the event between two long shots of the markee – one from the top floor of the new estate agents in Lemon Street and the other from one of the Geography rooms at Truro School. After that it was a case of getting a talking head or two – Jack Stein for one – to act as the initial commentary and then to find some punchy, killer shots (to spice up and get the flavour of the event) and cut them to some lively “food-type” non copyright music.
I’d almost got enough by the time I left on Saturday for the Truro City FC home match against Slough (Why did I bother?) and did an edit that evening. Returning on Sunday, my plan was just to do a “gun and run” and get some shots of children enjoying themselves, a couple of the chefs from different angles, a mock up shot of one of the vendors who makes Cornish wine and sports an amazing Poirot-style moustache and some close ups of the Cornish products.
However, I then bumped into Laurence Reed (BBC Radio Cornwall) who was compering the day and everything changed. The event for me really took off. I was transfixed as filmed. It was as if the scales had fallen from my eyes. I was maximising the use of my monopod and had the gall to move about the stage and in front to get the shots. It was so much easier after acquainting myself with the chefs and am really grateful to Ivan Lloyd and Mark Long from Sam’s in the City, Frank Linn from Brian Etherington Meat Co. and Thom Hunt (7th Rise),who is making a name for himself on Channel 4 and BBC’s Countryfile.
I hope that the final edit for Cornwall Life will be around the 2 minute 30 seconds mark. If I have the time I will make a longer cut for my good friend Shane Solomon at the Cornwall Channel and probably put something up on YouTube for Thom Hunt.
Below is Brian Etherington’s speed de-boning of a large joint of meat. His record is 58 seconds. Laurence Reed is the timekeeper and Thom Hunt is looks on.

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