Documentary Feature 'The Village on the Loch' has already enjoyed success in its Festival journey so far. It picked up five awards in the February 2019 edition of Flicks Film Festival (London): Best Documentary, Best Family Film, Best Editing (Gabriel Bean & Danny Bean) Best Producer (Caroline Strong) and Best Narrator (Caroline Strong). In the Latituda Film Awards 2019 (London) the Film won Gold Awards for Documentary Feature, Cinematography (Danny Bean & Gabriel Bean) and Directing (Caroline Strong). In the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards (Atlanta) 2018, the film won a Gold Award for Documentary Feature. It has also made Official Selection in the DUMBO Film Festival 2019 (Dumbo, New York) and the Rome Independent Prisma Awards (Italy). Check out all the trailers on the Showreel page.
We are delighted for our Wildlife Cinematographer, Danny Bean who had two of his stunning short films Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2019! Check them out on these links -
Morning of the Moorland Matadors
No Room at the Top
On the banks of Loch Earn at the foot of Am Bioran lies the tiny Perthshire Village of St Fillans. 2017 marked the Bicentenary of its re-naming and the whole village, with customary enthusiasm, came together to celebrate. This is the story of the village and its changing fortunes.
Today's challenges include: the spectre of Brexit and the risk to farm payments, the closure of the village school, the closure of the railway, lack of affordable housing or child care provision. We see how restrictive legislation within the National Park impacts on tourism putting the lone village shop (a lifeline to the elderly especially during the Winter months) at risk. Limited bus services and poor internet connection make the expectations of modern life a little tricky, especially for the young. The environmental impact of intensive grouse shooting; habitat destruction, species persecution and subsequent flooding, are major concerns. The weather itself, especially in Winter, is perhaps the most unpredictable challenge of all, affecting humans and animals alike.
The film opens with the narrator asking ‘What is a village?’ and we learn it is more than the dictionary definition, ‘A cluster of houses and associated buildings, larger than a hamlet and smaller than a town’ it is the people, past and present, who have made it thrive and grow and endure. Once the destination of Royalty and global pop icons, St Fillans apparently remains a home for pixies and fairies! The echo of history weaves it’s way through the poetic narrative, ending with it’s greatest treasures, the villagers; who, speaking movingly to camera, share with us what this place means to them. We are left touched by their warmth, humour, compassion and values we feared were lost.
Award winning TV director and writer, Adrian Bean, directs, writes and produces on this fascinating documentary feature about Camp 21 Cultybraggan, close to the small Perthshire village of Comrie. This beautifully preserved WWII POW camp, proves to hold the personal and moving stories of ex POW's, their families, friends and members of the local community, who still remember its impact on all their lives over seventy years ago. Currently in post production and due to complete 2019, the feature is filmed and edited by Gabriel and Danny Bean and narrated and co-produced by Caroline Strong. For more stills photography of the extraordinary people we have interviewed, please go to our Stills Gallery
We had an exciting week filming the archaeological dig run by Dr Iain Banks and his team from the University of Glasgow. They were searching for evidence of tunnels and have uncovered significant finds to pursue a further, more intensive investigation in the future. This makes for an intriguing final chapter in our forthcoming documentary feature on the camp and a tangible bridge between past and present. A huge thank you to Iain and his students and team.
SEASONS IN THE HIGHLANDS
No Time Like Spring - Spring in the Highlands shows nature at its' most frenetic, fearsome, funny and fragile - courtship, nest building, birth and danger! Featuring: Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Mountain Hare, Pheasant, Osprey, Red Kite, Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Dippers and so much more! With stirring original music by David Chappell - 'The Clockmaker's Apprentice' and inspired by the poetry of Christina Rossetti; 'No Time Like Spring' races through a Season of heartstopping beauty, while the clock ticks. Watch it on our showreel page
In The Blea'k Midwinter - Winter has come to the Highlands and battle begins to survive its beautiful cruelty. Part Two of our four part Odyssey through the seasons in the Scottish Highlands. We encounter Mountain Hare, Roe Deer, Buzzards, Robins, Highland Cattle, Bullfinch and more against a breathtaking Winter backdrop and the Northern Lights. Setting the Winter mood is 'Cranham' by Gustav Holst arranged by David Chappell with the inspiring poetry of Christina Rossetti. You can watch this by going to our Showreel page.
The Fall of the Leaf - The first part of our Highland Odyssey through the seasons. We follow a fallen leaf on its journey down stream. The countryside is transforming into rich shades of orange, red and gold as the wildlife prepares for the hard Winter to come. Featuring; Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Red Kite and the Salmon Run. The Fall of the Leaf is set to the melancholy music of Marcus Neeley - 'Illilia' and inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns. To watch this go to our Showreel page.