We started the day with light breezes at Old Winchester Hill in the north of the Meon Valley. Our goal was to capture the panorama 100m+ off the ground. What is being called the ‘hottest day this year’ did mean we had a heat haze on the horizon but we still could see the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth in the distance. We also flew over the Iron Age Hill Fort and along the earthworks where the defensive wall would have stood.
Next we went to All Saints Church at East Meon. We were able to get a rising shot that ensured we captured the Saxon Church and Court House behind it. We also did a panoramic shot that showed the whole village and the River Meon.
Our next location was Warnford Church.
By then the breeze had increased to powerful gusts making flying a real challenge but we managed to capture video of the front elevation and side view plus the ruins of the old Manor House. We also had the kind permission of the landowner to film the river.
Our final shot of the day was at Saint John the Evangelist at West Meon.
At the end of a busy three days we retired to the newly refurbished (after the recent flooding) Bucks Head pub in Meonstoke for a welcome drink and rest.
In total over the 3 days we filmed at 21 locations and captured video from almost 60 flights. We now have the massive task of post-production of that footage.
Later this month we have a 2 day ‘ground based’ shoot where we want to capture close-ups of the River Meon and its unique properties that made the Valley so attractive to the Saxons and many other earlier settlers.