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 We've been involved with the film production company, WAGScreen, for several years now.  We started off with me doing some medieval spinning for their "Luttrell Psalter" film.  This quickly expanded into bringing Rika and Tim on board to play various parts in the film, and then into Rika and I singing "Miri It Is" for inclusion on the soundtrack.

It was a wonderful experience, and we thoroughly enjoyed it, so we leaped at the opportunity to take part in their next venture, a recreation of the Tennyson poem, "The Lady of Shallott" using images from pre-Raphaelite paintings.  Ellie ended up in this production as well, credited as "Smallest Damoiselle", which I was particularly entranced by!  The afternoon spent recreating the Millais picture in the boat whilst dragonflies swept across the lake and the wind moved in the trees was nothing short of magical.  An image of Tim and I on this shoot was the picture that gave us the cover for our last CD, "Dancing Through The Past", as well.

So when WAGScreen posted a picture of local miller and businessman, John Pocklington, on Facebook and asked whether we knew anyone who resembled him and might be free for filming during the day, I took approximately a nanosecond to respond that Tim looked *quite* like him, and would love to help out.  WAGScreen also needed a small boy and girl to play two of his children (we had to draft in Ellie's friend, Zack, as Jared was too large for the role).  They contacted us later to ask whether Jared would be interested in playing his dad at the age of fifteen. Jared was thrilled to help out...

At some point during the Windmill filming process, Pauline - one of the WAGScreen producers - asked if we might be able to help out with the music.  During the ensuing discussion, I agreed to score and play the soundtrack to the film itself and that Tim and I would provide the traditional music to score the accompanying documentaries.  I turned in the soundtrack before we left for Germany, although after discussion today, may well re-record it to allow for different uses within the whole film.  We've also finalised the sound, length and feeling that they want for the documentaries, so will look at recording that early next week, hopefully!

It's been a journey, without doubt, but a very interesting one :-)

Date: 2011-10-07 02:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh, it all sounds wonderful! Will it be available to watch online somewhere, like the Lutterell Psalter one? I'd love to see it.

Date: 2011-10-07 07:22 pm (UTC)
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No idea, but they do have their own YouTube channel (, and there are already teasers there.

Date: 2011-10-07 10:52 pm (UTC)
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No teasers for Windmills, though. I think it's a heritage commission, so may not be available in the same way. If it is, however, I will post info, I promise!

Date: 2011-10-07 04:48 pm (UTC)
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So very cool! Makes me think back when I was in a film called "Ushers Well" based on the Steeleye Span song. Sue and I are out at the cottage for Thanksgiving and is beautiful with all the fall colours. Here is a picture I just took with my iPad.

Date: 2011-10-07 07:03 pm (UTC)
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That's the John Pocklington who rebuilt Heckington Windmill, right?

Date: 2011-10-07 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Indeed - Heckington is one of the mills that will be screening the film as part of it's heritage investment, I think. The film tells the story of 5(?) of the great Lincs mills, including Heckington and it's epic history. We filmed on site...

Date: 2011-10-10 12:38 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Sounds brilliant!

Date: 2011-10-21 12:48 pm (UTC)

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