Yesterday saw me making a video for the Alzheimer’s Society. Luckily I didn’t have to go anywhere as they were coming to me.
The Society has obviously been very supportive of my book and this video aims to concentrate on the how I cope on a day to day basis living with dementia and promoting my book.
They’d sent me a call sheet so I knew down to the minute what they had planned. They wanted to make 3 short films. One of me travelling on a train 😳 – very apt as I seem to have set up a second home on a train; one showing the adaptions I’ve made to my house and what Dementia Friends means to me and finally an interview.
The schedule was very full but seemed very well organised on paper😊
Nicola, Audio Visual Production Officer, from the society eventually arrived with her colleague Hannah, who turned out to be soundman, timekeeper and ‘Hannah of all trades’. The train had arrived on time but the taxi failed us this time🙄
We were on such a tight schedule that they immediately started opening all their gubbins as they stepped in the door…….phew!😳
I did begin to have immediate concerns. I asked them if they’d like a drink, obviously expecting them to say the magic words, ‘Tea please’……..when the strange words were spoken…..’Coffee would be lovely’😳😱🙈……Needless to say they had to make that themselves……
We filmed me speaking to camera first reading extracts from my book……then about the simple adaptions I made to my house.
Next it was about my perspective of Dementia Friends and finally how I became involved with the Alzheimer’s Society.
It was then that I learnt my new word of the day from Hannah – she said ‘you have a lovely cadence’ 😳 – a moderation or inflection of the voice….😂🤣
There was much filming here there and everywhere and they had a clever little device that filmed in slow motion! Many shots of booklets dropping through the letterbox, me reading, pottering and I can’t remember what else. Oh and drinking a cuppa tea in my ‘Yorkshire Lass and proud of it’ mug😇
It was then their turn to be on camera as I obviously needed photographic proof….
Three o’clock arrived and we then went over to the train station to film me travelling, as I do, on a train, pretending I was going to London, when I was in fact going to Hull🤣
They had to get special permission to film on the train and paperwork had to be checked before we were allowed on but then it was all systems go as the train ride is very short so they had to get everything in that was needed in a short space of time. There was much staring and speculation by the other passengers🙄……….and we then caught the next train back but we still got questioned and had to show the paperwork again. Yorkshire folk are never backwards in coming forwards and asking what was going on but Nicola handled the queries beautifully…..
And then the girls had to go back to Hull for their real train back down to London……I expect a nap on the train will take place as they didn’t stop the whole time they were with me…..
I made my way to my taxi people who were very impressed they’d been involved in all this and wanted to know all about it and why weren’t they in the filming 🤣
As the taxi took me home the driver commented how quiet I was. I hadn’t realised how exhausting the day had been – someone had definitely turned my power button to ‘off’………..
Another different but lovely day…..I think the film will be very artistic and a lovely film to watch rather than an obvious charity video. Nicola and Hannah were very talented and had some great ideas so I’m really looking forward to the end result….