Day 3 was sadly our last day filming on Lundy Island, the whole trip seemed to go so fast. This day began with a spot of underwater filming in the rock pools down in the Landing Bay with Rachel and Jordan and Chris later on. I had decided that it was fair that they got the chance to have a go at something like this as they
didn’t get the chance to yesterday and as far as I know they enjoyed it. One thing we all didn’t enjoy so much was the walk down to the rockpools. Whilst we had initially thought that the walk up was difficult, walking down it was so much harder as you had to stop yourself running off the edge of the cliff! It was such a relief to get to the bottom and get stuck into the filming.
I have to admit, I was really looking forward to doing this as I have a huge interest in filming with marine life and I’m thinking of getting my own underwater camera housing for my Canon 550d so it was ideal to get some idea of what it was like. Although it was a little bit worrying to begin with putting the camera into the water, it was intriguing to see what the rockpools looked like under it, so colourful and bright. Unfortunately we were unable to film the prawn we saw or the dogfish but we did see a seal watching us in the distance which even gave us a wave by shaking it’s head! My health and safety concerns did return here as the
rocks were incredibly slippy due to the sheer amount of seaweed but we all did well not to fall over and luckily nobody was injured.
After a quick break sitting on the jetty, we made our way back up the dreaded hill back to civilisation and lunch in the village. Chris was also filming for his documentary so we helped him with an interview with Nigel the shopkeeper and even appeared in it buying various snacks from the shop. I really like the idea for his documentary ‘Life on the Island’ because people on Lundy have such a different lifestyle to us and I think it’ll be very interesting to see the contrast in them.
We then headed back to the pub for lunch and to get some editing out of the way. Although electrical equipment is strictly banned here, they allowed us to sit in the restaurant with our laptops which meant that we were able to exchange footage before we got home which was really helpful to get out of the way. I also went to film some more of the properties on the island with Mirella and asked whether we could film inside them. In the past, I would have been too nervous about being rejected to even ask but after being the location manager on another project and finding interviews for my documentary, this fear has disappeared. I’m glad it has because I want to be a documentary maker and worrying about asking people for things would have really held me back.
Before long, it was time to head back down to the ferry to leave Lundy. Myself, Rebecca, Mirella, Rachel and Jordan all left first so that Rebecca could film her pieces to camera in the Landing Bay before we had to leave and after watching them, I really think her documentary is going to be really good. It’s a shame that we didn’t have longer on the island as I feel that we didn’t get to see everything I
wanted to, like the northern side of it and more of the wildlife around. Despite this, on the way back we did get to see some more common dolphins leaping around the boat which I really did enjoy and managed to get some more good shots of.
Overall, the trip to Lundy has been a really good experience as it has taught me a lot about what I want to do in the future. I have seen what it is like to live on the island powered by a generator and it has really opened my eyes and ears to the level of noise back in Cardiff. We were only there a few days yet I’m still struggling to get used to the sound of sirens! I am definitely considering re-visiting Lundy in the future to see the seals and all the other sea life once again.