Let me introduce myself, my name is Mike and I work for a company called Campuslife. I have been working with Liberty Living on a project to assist and art direct some city and residence guides for each of their student residences – over 20 of them so far, and still counting! This has meant travelling all over the country visiting the different Liberty Living sites, exploring the cities, and getting to know the students who call Liberty Living ‘home’. It’s been a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too!
Our very first shoot started with disaster; unfortunately our presenter didn’t turn up! At the very last minute he wasn’t available so we had to think on our feet and bring forward the afternoon’s filming, with a different presenter, to make the best use of the time. This meant getting our second presenter for the day out of bed a bit earlier than planned… and possibly some frantic getting ready, for her, with only 20 minutes’ notice. Thankfully things went much more smoothly from there and we had a great first day of filming.
The next few weeks were spent almost entirely on the road, travelling from city to city. A bit like rock stars, only without the screaming fans or anyone to carry the kit for you. I really enjoy travelling around as part of my job, and because we were making films about the different cities Liberty Living have residences available, we also got the opportunity to explore all the cities we visited.
A particular highlight for me was filming by the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle at night as we got some amazing shots of the city lights reflecting off the water!
On the way to our hotel that night we spotted a beautiful view across the river as we were driving over an adjacent bridge. However, there wasn’t anywhere to pull over so I could jump out and get the shot, but traffic was moving pretty slowly so I figured I had time to quickly jump out, get the shot and then jump back in the car. So, as Luke was driving, I jumped out, got the shots then turned around to see the car was almost at the other end of the bridge! I had to sprint to catch him up. I made it back safely though and the shot was one of the best ones in the film – totally worth all of the effort.
I’ve really enjoyed travelling around the country, meeting all the Liberty Living students and staff. When you’re making films like this you often have to rely on other people to help out, tidy up at the last minute, turn up on time, and generally be up for the mayhem of filming; and I’m pleased to say that everyone has been fantastic.
We’re currently only half way through this project, we’re just about to embark on another trip around the country to film even more city and residence guides so watch this space, it might be your city and residence that we’ll be filming next!
Liberty Living provides student accommodation in 17 university cities across the UK, including student accommodation in London, student accommodation in Newcastle, student accommodation in Preston plus many more.
Posted on 7th January 2015.