During the past year we have been commissioned to produce two promotional films for national construction firm Willmott Dixon — one for the new Village Hotel in Bristol and the other for the new Woodmansterne Secondary School in Lambeth, London. The brief for both films was quite similar — the films had to feature both aerial and ground-level video footage and also needed to include interviews with members of staff who work in the respective buildings. 
 
The difference is that the Bristol film was captured after project completion, whilst the Woodmansterne School film was captured twice — at the beginning and towards the end of the construction work. 
Screenshot from an aerial and ground-level promo film produced for Willmott Dixon of the new Village Hotel, Bristol
During the past year we have been commissioned to produce two promotional films for national construction firm Willmott Dixon — one for the new Village Hotel in Bristol and the other for the new Woodmansterne Secondary School in Lambeth, London. The brief for both films was quite similar — the films had to feature both aerial and ground-level video footage and also needed to include interviews with members of staff who work in the respective buildings. 
 
The difference is that the Bristol film was captured after project completion, whilst the Woodmansterne School film was captured twice — at the beginning and towards the end of the construction work. 

Village Hotel — Bristol 

The first film we produced is about the new (at time of writing!) Village Hotel in Bristol which we captured on a cold but sunny day at the beginning of January this year. 
 
The flying area for taking the aerial photographs and footage was quite restricted (as the site was bounded on two side by main roads), but we were still able to capture a variety of different photographs by flying at various heights and orientations over the surrounding vacant brownfield sites. 
 
Also, the use of two different focal length lenses made it possible to capture close-up images of the large Village Hotel logo whilst keeping the drone a safe distance from the building and the members of public using the building. 
 
Click the play button below to watch the video, and be sure to click the rectangle icon at the bottom right of the player to watch the video full-screen. 
Promotional film for Willmott Dixon of the brand new Village Hotel in Bristol. Click the play button to watch the video and the rectangle icon at the bottom right to view the video full-screen. 
Drone aerial photograph of the new Village Hotel in Bristol
Drone aerial photograph of the new Village Hotel in Bristol
Drone aerial photograph of the new Village Hotel in Bristol
Drone aerial photograph of the new Village Hotel in Bristol
Drone aerial photographs of the new Village Hotel in Bristol. Click to enlarge. 
And here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the Bristol Village Hotel shoot! 
Behind the scenes photo of our drone during the Village Hotel Bristol shoot
Behind the scenes photo of our interview filming rig during the Village Hotel Bristol shoot
Behind the scenes photos from the Village Hotel Bristol shoot. Click to enlarge. 

Woodmansterne Secondary School — Lambeth, London 

The second film we produced was slightly more complex as it was to be a Customer Vision film where the customer is interviewed at the start and towards the end of the construction phase of the project. 
 
During the first visit we took aerial and ground-level footage in and around the site, as well as interviewing members of the Willmott Dixon team and the Headteacher of the school. 
 
We then revisited the school 9 months later and captured the same type of footage again - the idea being to compare the initial expectations of the client with the reality of the project once it was nearing completion. It’s likely we will revisit the school once more in April when the construction work is due to complete. 
 
Here is the finished film about the new Woodmansterne Secondary School, featuring footage from our two visits to the site in February and November 2018. Click the play button below to watch the video, and be sure to click the rectangle icon at the bottom right of the player to watch the video full-screen. 
Promotional film for Willmott Dixon of the brand new Woodmansterne Secondary School in Lambeth, London. Click the play button to watch the video and the rectangle icon at the bottom right to view the video full-screen. 
Drone aerial photograph of the new Woodmansterne Secondary School in Lambeth, London
Drone aerial photograph of the new Woodmansterne Secondary School in Lambeth, London
Drone aerial photographs of the new Woodmansterne Secondary School (still under construction) in Lambeth, London. Click to enlarge. 
And here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the two Woodmansterne Secondary School shoots! 
Behind the scenes photo of our drone during the Woodmansterne Secondary School photo shoot in Lambeth, London
Behind the scenes photo of our interview setup during the Woodmansterne Secondary School shoot in Lambeth, London
Behind the scenes photos from the Woodmansterne Secondary School shoot in Lambeth, London. Click to enlarge. 
Our client, Willmott Dixon was delighted with the service we provided, and recently sent us the following kind testimonial (specifically about the Village Hotel project): 
“I have worked with David for a number of years and his service is always outstanding. My brief to David was to capture the look and feel of our recently completed project. We wanted to capture more than just the building but also the people who were now occupying it and the difference it was having already. David achieved this really well; providing me with some great stock to use going forward. Working with David is easy and I trust him to fulfil my brief.” 
Are you looking to have professional short films produced about your projects? 
 
Perhaps you have recently finished a new property development and want to have a short teaser video produced to encourage people to come and view it?  
 
Do you want to start working with a single company to provide all your architectural photography, videography and virtual tour requirements to simplify shoot bookings, reduce the number of site visits required and ensure consistency between imagery? 
If so, and you'd like to discuss one of your projects with us, please contact us today and we'd be delighted to chat through your requirements with you. 
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