In my trade I come across all sorts of people, but it’s not every day you get to meet somebody who’s climbed Mount Everest! As you may have seen in my previous blogs, I’ve worked with the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers before. This time around, I was tasked with filming a fundraising video starring Damian Walters, chief executive of the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) and soon to be Everest climber.
Fundraising video for The Furniture Makers’ Company
This April, Damian will make the daunting 29,029ft journey up Everest to raise money for The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity. It’s as much a personal journey for Damian as it is a charitable one – back in 2010, he previously attempted to make the summit but was forced to bow out at 27,500 feet after he suffered a severe bout of altitude sickness. All of this made for a hugely inspiring chat with Damian, and it was great to listen in as he was interviewed by The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers’ marketing manager.
The whole project was completed pretty quickly – it took just 15 minutes to set up my two cameras and professional video lights, followed by a brief sound and light check. I wanted the fundraising video to look quite simple – not thousands of angles – so I stuck to one stationary camera for the majority of the footage and occasionally zoomed in to make it more emotive.
Damian was ever the professional, and took to being interviewed like a duck to water. Later on we filmed some cutaway shots of Damian working out in the gym, which I took away to edit together with some still photographs, which helped to give viewers more of an insight into the charity. I managed to turn the video around quickly, and am pleased to say it appeared on The Furniture Makers’ website just two days later.
Damian considers this challenge “unfinished business” and hopes to raise £100,000 for the charity, which supports education and welfare in the industry. I was honoured to work with him on this fundraising video, and have every faith he’ll make it to the top this time!
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