One of the more interesting commercial shoots that I was booked for in the Autumn was for a television advert for the Lakes Distillery (due to open in December, just before Xmas), followed by something special for the Distillery Tour.
The first part of the day was to shoot some location footage on one the local mountains and my job was to get “Whiskey Man” ready for his close up. One of the many facets to makeup artistry is ‘non-makeup’ makeup, which is what I generally aim for with male models when the given brief is for a natural look. The skin needs to be clean and fresh with a well groomed appearance, and once moisturised Illamasqua’s Skinbase foundation did the trick followed by a little powder, some brow gel and a little bronzer.
Once ready we set off for Dodd (the chosen mountain) and we had a National Trust escort up the forestry access road. Unfortunately this didn’t get us all of the way to the summit and we had to settle for hiking the last little bit. I say little but it actually felt like we had hiked up the whole mountain by the time we had got there! Joining us at the summit was a man with a drone helicopter for the overhead and fly-by parts of the shoot. It was all starting to look very exciting!
Once at the summit the production team and director had a quick scout around for the best place for each of the shots that they wanted, while the rest of us gathered behind some bushes to keep out of the wind.
One of the many things that I love about the Lake District is that it doesn’t matter where you are, the view is always stunning. Looking to the East of Dodd summit you had a birds eye view of Keswick, Derwent Water, the Borrowdale Valley and beyond, and in the opposite direction, almost underneath us, was Bassenthwaite Lake (where I used to sail as a teenager) and the West Coast of Cumbria. The weather was even clear enough for us to see across the Solway Firth to the Scottish Coast.
After a couple of close ups the drone helicopter was deployed which was fascinating to watch as it zoomed around overhead, getting all of the required footage. It is a fascinating thing to see close up and it was a huge privilege to have been involved in the whole production.
Once we wrapped, the whole team headed back to the offices at the distillery to get ready for the second round of filming for the day with historical rogue Lanty Slee who is set to introduce visitors to the tour of Lakes Distillery. The makeup was completely different as we had to create a character, complete with prosthetics, and I was grateful for actor Paul Bell’s patience as I put the look together.
I, for one, can not wait to pop down to the Lakes Distillery once it has opened to see Old Lanty again.