November 2013 – a group of intrepid friends trek up to Barbury Castle, Wiltshire with the intention of filming a music video for my song ‘His Words Lie Heavy’. It’s raining, well, tipping down, but we make the journey anyway in the hope of getting some moody outside shots.
Alex explains something
Phill’s king of the world!
The hill still looks picturesque – cold, wet Ells, not so!
Our director, Alex
Emmalene and Ells
Scouting out the fort
Soaked but still smiling
Jon, also soaked
We mostly just end up getting wet.
So, after a quick scout round to suss out the location, we decided that interior shots would be a better plan.
Ells dried off and ready for filming
Attempt number two at doing the outside scenes at Barbury happened later in the month. As it was still November, it was still raining – but this time we thought we might get away with the weather and get some decent footage anyway.
Jon & Ells keep dry(ish)
Serious discussions atop the hill
Ells & Emmalene keep dry(ish)
Phill & Ells in between scenes
A cold, wet but successful day later, and the bulk of the video was on film!
We shot a few more scenes over the coming weeks, and then it was off to the editing suite…
And now I am happy to announce that the video will be released in the next few weeks!
Not only that, but ‘His Words Lie Heavy will be released as a single at the beginning of June, both online and as a very limited edition physical CD. I’ll be launching the single on June the 6th at The Acoustic Sessions at Riffs Bar with a performance from myself and the band, recently christened The Southern Wild.
And finally, a massive thank you to James Chadd, Jon Ponting, Emmalene Barlow, Gwen and David Hobson for all their help with the video, Swindon Borough Council for kindly letting us film at Barbury Castle, and of course, Alex Ball and Phillip Webb for having the idea in the first place, and helping me follow it through to conclusion. You guys are the best. (Totes).
All photos Copyright David Hobson 2013.