Waking up in the swiss Alps, with Clouds at my feet, mountain dew between my toes, the air chiming like a choir, my skin tingling like electricity, I felt like Heaven was pulsing at the end of my fingertips as I reached up and found myself moved into song, my heart was pounding inside my chest so much I could hardly hold my camera still to take this picture. A few moments before I walked out the door , I was tired, weary from travel work, and obsessing about my overloaded to do list and then bam, boom, this scene hit me. I love it when God surprises me. Cos when he does, He goes Big. ;0) .
I live for adventure, but who would have thought that in the making of this little movie that there would be many adventures within the adventure.
First off, It’s February 14th, 5 am, zero degrees, entering the Pennines, frost bristling beneath the car wheels on a crazy country lane, Valentines day I might add. And what are Pip and I doing ? We are racing against the dawn to get to our location for the first film shoot of “Be out there”. Yes before you say it, I am a lucky husband for Pip to agree to do this on Valentines day, because she too on occasion can be just as mad as me.
So when we arrive, I am carrying , cranes, steadicam’s , tripods, camera’s, props, weights etc up the mountain as fast as I can. (did I mention I am going for my first hip surgery two weeks later, oops) . Pip on the other hand is in the car reading country living magazine (what a classy and cultured wife I have).
So I get everything set up to catch the rumble of an earthquake in a jar on camera (well Pip will do that part). Pip is now on set, so to speak , we go through the camera moves, do a few rehearsals, get ready to press record, I turn around, to find Pip, half unconscious on an icy mountain bed of moss and grass. So I whip of my top to place beneath her, only for Pip to come around wondering what I am doing saying she is light headed because we forgot to have breakfast. Ahh, At this point I might mention that ramblers are now arriving on the hillside wondering what is going on. Anyhow, we get a chocolate breakie and Pip who does not film for a day job in a recovering lightheaded state does an amazing job filming. We won’t be forgetting that Valentines Day anytime soon.
The rest of the shoot which I would be glad to share the stories with you if ever we should meet or I get the chance to blog more on this. But in brief we were almost swept into the sea in Wales, danced on waterfalls in the peaks, blown of our feet in County Clare, fell down a mountain in Mayo, played chicken with a storm cloud in the Cots-wolds, and much more as well as meet some amazing people. The whole experience just affirms our belief that the most fun in life is by following an adventure God puts on your heart. Here are a few images of our adventure’s.