This Friday saw the completion of primary photography for Ports, Past and Present‘s series of 8 documentary films about 5 ports around the Irish Sea and the ferry routes between them. After 10 days filming between Rosslare Harbour and Dublin Port, the Mother Goose Film team returned via the Dublin-Holyhead link to Wales to finish up that evening filming Gillian Brownson‘s contribution, a beautiful bilingual poem about Holyhead Mountain overlooking the Irish Sea and all the ships that sail in her. Originally, we had planned for the shoot to go ahead on Saturday morning, but the weather forecast with 90 per cent likelihood of rain and high winds did not look favourable. So on very short notice to the Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, who gave us filming permission, we rocked up on Friday evening to record Gillian’s recital set in a beautifully moody landscape, before finishing up in the lashing rain at the base of the breakwater.
From here on out, it’s going to be several loops of watching the next rough cuts, giving feedback, reassembling the material, watching the next cut, giving feedback, reassembling … and repeat until we have the final products available by spring next year. I cannot wait to send these little films out into the world for everyone to see the great places we filmed in and to meet the marvelous people who are showing us the best their communities have to offer and want you to explore.