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Marine Filming – Princess Motor Yachts French Rendezvous

One of our niche skills is marine filming – filming at sea whether drone filming, boat to boat, or even underwater filming. Working with Princess Motor Yachts gives us a great opportunity to showcase these skills.

Princess Motor Yachts  are one of the UK’s foremost builders of luxury motor yachts. The statistics are impressive. According to Wikipedia, “Princess Yachts operates in 119 countries and employs over 2,600 people worldwide. Whilst their shipyards cover a combined area of over 1.1 million square feet.”

2018 French Rendezvous

Based in Plymouth, they have been a client we have been keen to work with. Particularly as I own a Princess boat – Cecienne – albeit the very smallest of their range. Over several years Fionn Crow and I have taken her from Africa to the Antarctic, and on those voyages have developed a considerable expertise in marine filming – an expertise that I am happy to say Princess have recognised.

Each year they arrange a cross-Channel adventure for Princess owners. Last year was from the Solent to Guernsey, an event that we filmed for them. So I was delighted when we were invited to film this year’s event – from The Solent to Cherbourg and then on to …

With my crew of Elliott Harrison and Reef Slack, we headed up to the Solent River, where we had an overnight mooring arranged for us. We arrived in good time for the skippers’ briefing by Jon Mendez, who had led last year’s Guernsey trip. Then an early night ready for an early morning departure.

The crossing

To get our drone footage, we ran ahead of the rest of the flotilla. Conditions were perfect for drone filming.Jon organised the boats into an arrowhead formation passin

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Discover Secret Devon – Part 1

This is Secret Devon,

When MotorBoats and Yachting editor Hugo suggested I follow up my Secret Cornwall features with a similar project in Devon,  I wasn’t convinced I could find a sufficient number of hidden backwaters. 

Outside of the Solent, Devon has the largest quantity of boating centres on the south coast.

Plymouth, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Brixham, Torquay… Probably well over 10,000 boats are based along the county’s coastline. How in the height of summer was I going to find quiet locations where other boat owners didn’t venture?

Anyway, I regularly visit Devon and think that I know it pretty well. A quiet evening pint of Palmers on the terrace of Salcombe’s Ferry Inn before pizza at Captain Flint’s is one of my favourite weekend getaways, and over the years I’ve spent time in every harbour along the coast. I blithely assumed there would be no surprises. How wrong I was.

This is part one of a two-part series, accompanied by a seven-page article in this months edition of the magazine. Go check that out here:  be ready for the second.

 


 

For the post-production side of things, we kept it very basic, and just wanted the shots to do the talking for us. The only more advanced thing we did was the animated map. We created this using After Effects, with some simple animation tools and effects, just to demonstrate the precise locations that we were talking about.  This map will feature in all episodes.

Overall a great and unexpected journey and hope you guys enjoy this, and all of the upcoming Secret Devon films which will be released on the MS Amlin YouTube channel over the next couple of weeks.

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Norway: Part 3 MBY

Princess V39 to Norway: Part 3 | MBY

Continue our journey to the Arctic Circle. Norway Part 3 is now available to watch. The next installment in the video series for Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine about our Norway trip last year…

 

Princess V39 Norway part 2 MBY

Princess V39 to Norway: Part 2 | MBY

Norway Part 2 is available to watch now. A new video series for Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine about our Norway trip last year…

Norway Motor Boat & Yachting Magazine

Princess V39 to Norway: Part 1 | MBY

Here’s the first of 4 videos accompanying articles in Motor Boat and Yachting Magazine about our Norway boat trip last year to the Arctic Circle.

Princess Motor Yatchs Princess V39

Princess Motor Yachts – Princess V39

A short edit we did for Princess Motor Yachts showing some of Cecienne’s adventures from Africa to the Arctic Circle. Featuring the Princess V39.

 

MS Amlin Logo Treasure Islands

More discoveries on Britain’s Treasure Islands

Here’s the second part of our short film – ‘Britain’s own Treasure Islands’. Taken for Haven Knox Johnston about boating in the Scillies, filmed last summer.

Secret Cornwall Cecienne
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Secret Cornwall – Motor Boat & Yachting

Over the summer we have been busy working on a Secret Cornwall series for Motor Boats & Yachting, exploring some of the little known hideaways of the Cornish Riviera.

We hope you enjoy watching these as much as we did making them!

Secret Cornwall Part 1

Secret Cornwall Part 2

“With stunning camera work by John and his team, and his own charming brand of commentary, the video above is a must-see if you plan to cruise the area yourself or just wish escape for a few minutes.” – MBY

Cecienne in Lagos
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WITS Complete Series

You can now watch the whole ‘Winter in the Sun’ series on Haven Knox-Johnston’s youtube channel.

Cecienne in Lagos

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