Poppy’s Ride

commissions documentary

​This is a short film about an amazing fund-raising cycle ride some friends of mine did in September 2012.

Organised by Steve Longcake, who's daughter Poppy received a liver transplant last year at Leeds Children's Hospital, they rode the length of mainland Britain from Lands End to John O' Groats in 12 days to raise money for the hospital.

the team: Steve Longcake, James Mackereth, Andy Davis, Paul Ridley, Richard Ducket, Calum Donnelly, Gareth Thomas, Ben Doige and Stephen Whiteley.

For further information or to donate please visit justgiving.com/Poppysride

My good friend Ian Wood had arranged to do some promotional photographs for the team to help with their fundraising efforts, he had it booked in for a Saturday afternoon on some quiet country lanes. I thought I'd tag along and help out positioning lighting etc. Just before we set off, my Sony NEX FS700 camera arrived after months on order so I brought it along to shoot some test footage. The FS700's party trick is it's capability to capture super slow motion in full 1080p HD so I thought cyclists would be a good subject to learn the new kit.

After a couple of runs filming out of the back of Ian's car I shot a very fast interview with Steve, he was very nervous but he told the story behind the ride brilliantly, I had a bit of a lump in my throat as I was shooting and knew there was a short film there. I got home and cut it in about an hour, it was then put straight onto their facebook and just giving sites and got great coverage. Hopefully the film along with Ian's stunning team photograph went some way to helping them raise an incredible £20,000!

Stills photographer and driver: Ian Wood

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