Thursday, 31 July 2014

OFFICIAL TRAILER 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' on The Guardian

Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike The Guardian
Official Trailer and mention on The Guardian.

It's that time of year when many outdoors and adventure filmmakers begin submitting their efforts to various festivals like Banff and Kendal. I've been approached by some enquiring if I'd be entering 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' which was very humbling. It's always great attending these events hooking up with fellow peers and so on. And the response and interest in the film continues to astonish me. Something I never anticipated at all.

Anyway, this made me realise that despite my Scafells documentary having been out for a wee while I never did get round to doing an 'official' trailer. So here it is. As usual with my videos, they're free to share and embed too. I hope you like the peek. And as you can see it's been mentioned on The Guardian too!

And finally, I'm pleased to announce that from this October I'll begin working on 'Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn' with a planned release date of November 2015. More of that in the future....

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Trip report: The amazing Dolomites of Northern Italy

Lago di Braies, Dolomites Italy
The stunning Lago di Braies, Dolomites, Italy.

For the past three years or so I've been fortunate enough to have been commissioned by Vango and Force Ten to produce various photos and videos for their marketing and catalogues. The work has taken me to the French Alps and a number of locations around Britain. 

The imagery was mainly focused on backpacking equipment for Force Ten but this year they asked me to include family camping aspects too - something which was rather daunting for me as it was all new ground in many respects (including working with professional models). So I had mixed feelings of trepidation and excitement when they informed me that we'd be off to the Dolomites in Italy for 8 nights to capture scenes of new and amended kit for 2015.

Thankfully, my nerves soon disappeared as the work began in earnest and I wandered about in awe at the other-worldly majesty of the towering limestone peaks of South Tyrol. The Dolomites has always been a place I've wished to visit, and despite the 14-16 hour days, sweltering heat and altitude - I loved every minute of exploring this fantastic range of mountains that hug the main Alps proper.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A sunny week in the Lake District

Chris Townsend Lake District wild camping
Chris Townsend admires a fine sunset from Bleaberry Fell, Lake District.

A few weeks ago I began working on two DVD projects for release later this summer. 'Backpacking in the Lake District with Chris Townsend' and 'Helvellyn with Mark Richards'. We couldn't have hoped for better weather in truth. Mind you it was a tad too warm for my liking, what with lugging about a 30kilo pack up and down the fells.

Either way, it was a fab trip with great company and a very productive shoot too. Fellow blogger Mark joined us for a few nights and it was great to catch up with him. You can read more about the trip on Chris' and Mark's blogs HERE and HERE.

DVD on Amazon 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

I'm pleased to inform folks that my latest film 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' is now available to buy on Amazon HERE

The DVD is 'region free' too, meaning it doesn't matter where in the world you are, the feature will play on whichever DVD enabled device you choose to use.

"From the opening summit daybreak sequence it's clear that you're in for a visual spectacle...The Scafell massif is one of the most impressive chunks of upland scenery in Britain, and I've never seen it looking so majestic on film." Dan Bailey on UKHillwalking.com.

"A true labour of love...breath taking...any lover of the mountains won’t fail to be seduced.” Adventure sports writer and endurance athlete Nik Cook, Outdoors Magic.

“That Abraham should produce such a seminal piece of work in only his second full length film is little short of astonishing...Where Wainwright has had his books tweaked over the years to reflect change they still remain the hill walkers' bible despite imitation and in the same way Life of a Mountain will become the Wainwright of the 21st Century.” Dave Mycroft, MyOutdoors.

"We need filmmakers like Terry Abraham. Life of a Mountain - Scafell Pike will surely serve to enhance his reputation...Abraham captures the grandeur of the mountain and its surroundings in exquisitely composed sequences. Some of the most satisfying shots juxtapose the grandeur of the mountain with the slight figures of some of the people for whom Scafell Pike is either workplace or playground, and who, more than the mountain itself, are the real subject of the film." Tony O'Donnell, The Outdoor Times 

"An absolute treat for the senses", Jane Watson, National Trust.

"Mountain film a smash hit. Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike has been a hit with audiences at Rheged, with sell-out screenings." Cumbria Live.

"Like Cairngorms, this film is clearly a labour of love and I am in awe of some of these slow, immersive scenes. I think the timelapse sections shot at night affected me the most, but there's beauty in every section." Mountain fiction writer, Alex Roddie.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Blas Festival - Back to Scotland


I was hoping to have the time to share my recent superb trip in the Lake District. Alas, work commitments have put that idea to bed. I'm busy packing now ready to head to Scotland tomorrow for my penultimate shoot for Scottish Natural Heritage and Blas Festival. Some months ago, they commissioned me to capture a series of scenes featuring the iconic Beinn Dorain by the West Highland Way.

Above you can enjoy a teaser trailer for the final 30 minute production which also reveals dates for the screenings too. It's been tricky trying to capture the area at it's best with the limited time I've had up there, but thankfully the weather gods have looked kindly on me for most of my shoots.

Here's hoping they will continue to the same in the coming days ahead.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

On IMAX - 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' being screened every day this summer at Rheged

Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike Rheged Centre
On the HUGE screen - 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike'

I'm pleased to announce that the Rheged Centre in Cumbria will be screening 'Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike' on their IMAX screen every day until the end of October.

I may be biased saying this, but please believe me when I say the film looks absolutely fantastic on the huge screen! The cosmic night time lapse sequences, mountain dawns in winter and summer look truly breathtaking at Rheged - worth the visit alone in my humble opinion.

You can find out more information via the following link HERE

Below you can view some photos courtesy of Dave Mycroft from My Outdoors, taken at the film's premiere last May.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Back from the Lakes

backpacking in the lake district with chris townsend
Coming soon this autumn.

I'm back home after a very productive shoot in the Lake District for two DVDs I'm producing. I'll blog more in the next day or so. However, you can read a little about the trip thanks to Chris Townsend and blogger Mark via the following links HERE and HERE.

We got to enjoy some of the finest weather I've experienced in the Lakes for quite some time!

And if you're wondering what I was up to? Well the picture above should give you an idea. It features several video stills from the video I captured. Hopefully it will whet the appetite!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Gear Reviews - Rab SilTarp, Hi-Tec Altitude Pro, Thermarest X Therm, F10 Argon 200, Asolo Retsons, Rab Pulse and Berghaus Bio Flex

Rab SilTarp 1 wild camping Lake District
Rab SilTarp 1 in action overlooking Buttermere, Lake District last summer.

It's been a wee while since I've had a chat about gear on here. I much prefer to share my thoughts on the likes of Twitter along with some photos as folks get to see it in action - if they're interested of course. Either way, in this post I'm going to bullet point some musings on a small selection of kit I've been hammering on and off in recent months.

I'm not going to go in-depth about it all. There's plenty of info online if folks are so inclined to dig out more specs and so on. Treat this post as 'pub chat', where we're having a pint of local ale after a nice hike in the hills and we share some opinions on outdoor gear. You could say I'm being lazy and conjuring up my own version of a Trail Magazine gear review - alas the difference being I really have been battering the kit in action outdoors and not lugging a selection of kit up Wansfell Pike for a photoshoot or where ever their favourite place is of late to tick some boxes off ready to print. Aye, I'm being sarcastic.

Needless to say, much of my time has been spent on or around the Scafells for the past year - all terrains, conditions and seasons - but I've been about elsewhere too including Scotland as some of you may well know.

It seems to be all the rage at the moment, so I'll join in for fun....and mention a wee disclaimer. Most kit I review is given to me by the manufacturers (I'll mention if I dug deep and coughed up some cash for something). And not all of it I talk about on here (though I do on Facebook etc sometimes so go look if gear's your thing). So I only post what interests me. Gear is a tools to a means. And all manufacturers know if I don't like something, I'll say so. And if I love something, well errrr I'll say so!

Great! Let's crack on shall we?

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