November 4th saw us visiting 3 schools in the Meon Valley, Hampshire during the day to do a ‘show and tell’ to over 200 children and their teachers. The subject – the production of the DVD we had just made about the Meon Valley, its villages, churches and the Saxon heritage.
We even had a real ‘show and tell’ table which is where the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs – or sometimes called ‘drones’) that we used to film from were kept. These were covered by a blanket until we came to speak about them.
In the evening we had the first public showing of the DVD. Almost 100 Meon Valley residents, sponsors and supporters of the project turned up to get their own version of ‘show and tell’ and watch the video.
Within an hour of the evening event almost 50% of the initial production run had been sold. Since then we have done a second production run. This has also sold out showing how popular it has been thanks to very strong ‘word of mouth’ marketing. This is a great result for all the local charities that benefit from the sales.
Local community feedback has been very positive and supportive of the project and its results:
‘…Thank you for dropping in a further batch of DVDs of the Meon Valley. The first batch went almost immediately producing many favourable comments. I think you and the production team did a fantastic job with a combination of high quality photography and a most informative commentary which was much enjoyed. The use of the ‘drone octocopter’ gave us views of our valley which we had never seen before and were stunning – thank you….’
‘….Well we’ve had a good weekend and have sold the 10 DVDs. Mostly to volunteers at the moment and essentially for Christmas presents. I’ve had the DVD playing in the centre and will keep it running until the New Year…’
‘…Have received my copy of the DVD via Titchfield History Society & watched it last night. I am really impressed with every aspect of this production…
‘…I have finally watched the aerial filming, and I have been in tears of joy – literally!! It is absolutely fantastic…’,
‘…I used the Meon Valley DVD today in our (school class) Topic lesson! Our lesson was about the 7 kingdoms of England and where the Anglo-Saxons settled… in the Meon Valley…. the children loved the DVD: they said they found it very informative and useful to get a real experience of the area…’
Details of where to buy the DVD can be found here.
More details about the project can be found in an earlier blog here.