It felt strange being filmed in a wood that I have walked in for years, especially because normally when I work through the wood I am being as quiet as possible to stalk the deer. Here it took us about two hours to walk what I would normally do in 15 minutes !
What we filmed, like the intro, we had to film over and over again. This was because either I said the wrong thing or the sound was wrong. But this this also helped me practise what I was going to say. We stopped for lunch before we did the best part. They got big foam letters which spelt "Wild". We covered the letters in sticks and Ruth filmed me taking off the sticks and then she speeded up the footage. It looked good !
At the end of the day the crew went up to film footage of my village from the moor to the south. It has been a long day !
We began the next day by filming me with my trail camera, because Ruth liked my footage of the red deer herd and the pine marten. We used a wood which looks quite remote, but is actually right next to a road so it's easier for the crew to bring equipment into (I'd filmed there before for STV, and it was the same wood where I found the frogs and toads).
The last thing we filmed was me laying out my skeleton, Roger (who I wrote about last week). I laid him out and they speeded up the footage, like with the letters. I had a bit of a panic attack after I saw this picture, but luckily I didn't make the massive mistake which you see in this picture !
The final part of the day was filming the voice over for the piece before Ruth and I had a fight with the foam "Wild" letters.
My one regret is I won't see the team again to thank them: although I'm down near their offices in Bristol when I give my talk about my book at the Bath Book Festival, they'll be doing the live show in Edinburgh then, so we'll miss each other completely ! But a big thank you to the whole Wild team all the same.
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