Video is a highly effective tool for education and when combined with promoting tourism it can be an unbeatable combination. When evocative music, illustrations and an informative narration is added it becomes incredibly powerful.
Our brief from our client, The Saxons in the Meon Valley, was to tell the story of the Meon Valley – its history of human habitation and the importance of the river. The DVD was then being used to help educate local school children and residents and also become a marketing tool to help attract tourists. The video was to be sold online and through local retail outlets to help raise funds for a number of charitable groups in the valley.
The project saw us writing scripts, preparing storyboards and undertaking extensive historical and cultural research especially around the Saxons and the establishing of early Christian Churches by St Wilfrid in the 7th Century. A menu structure was required that would allow residents of each village to see their own footage and for tourists to explore the valley in its entirety.
The DVD features unique aerial shots from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that was flown up and down the Meon Valley over three days. The video also contains shots from Titchfield Haven Natural Nature Reserve and the South Downs National Park as well as interior shots of all the Churches on the St Wilfrid Pilgrimage Trail. It also covers aspects of English heritage that the Saxons left us and information about one of the foremost thinkers and entrepreneurs of his generation as well as patron of William Shakespeare – the 3rd Earl of Southampton, Henry Wriothesley.
The DVD was well received by local residents and has helped raise many thousands of pounds for local charities and is available online and via retailers throughout the Meon Valley and at Titchfield Haven.