Fatcalf was commissioned by Tavistock Business Improvement District to deliver 9 x 3 minute films that act both as a guide around the World Heritage Site of Tavistock and as an online draw for people to come and explore this amazing town.

The films are to be included on Tavistock’s tourism website www.visit-tavistock.co.uk and on a GPS based smartphone app that delivers geographically related video content automatically.

Fatcalf wrote the scripts in collaboration with local historian, Andrew Thompson and filmed all the footage of the town and 9 x pieces to camera that start each film. Delivering the opening welcome to each film and the narration throughout was the wonderful Emily Wood who currently works with the weather forecasting team and presents for Spotlight at the BBC in Plymouth. The vast majority of historic photographs, illustrations and drawings were kindly donated by Tavistock Museum who worked with Fatcalf to fulfil the storyboard and shot list, allowing the audio and visuals to tell important and intriguing stories in such a short space of time.

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Apart from the usual trials when making films (weather, permission, health and safety, enabling everyone to work together, etc) the most difficult part of creating these films was timing the pieces to camera with Emily to make sure we didn’t get too much ambient noise coming in to the films (cars, lorries, pedestrians, hard working Council staff and vehicles, tractors, motorcycles, cyclists, reversing beepers and even the good old river Tavy itself…).

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When the drafts went in front of the client team, the compliment and the clean bill of health (with no changes) was a welcome blessing, it means we did a great job!

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The films are finished and are currently being deployed online and for the app and the website. You can watch them all online on Tavistock BID’s self-curated YouTube channel here

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