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.
Thanks for reading,