Bude Cleaner Seas

The small town movement that's gaining big traction

Here is a film I have just finished for The Bude Cleaner Seas Project. They are making a positive contribution to the cleanliness of the water in some of the places I surf. The project by Volunteer Cornwall aims to use the power of local people to keep our sea waters cleaner by addressing the quality of river water as it flows to the ocean.

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Izzy Hamilton a team GB windsurfer and Kit Innes a competitive surfer from Widemouth discuss how they are affected by pollution. For those who spend a significant part of their lives in the water the state of our seas is of prime importance. Izzy and Kit both gave relaxed and informative interviews that are heartfelt and poignant and speak directly to other sea users to empower them to make a difference.

Ian Saltern who manages the project explains some of the ways that as individuals and businesses we can make a change for the better.
Bude Cleaner Seas Izzy Hamilton
Filming was a great experience, from the start I wanted to allow the viewer space and time to feel the beauty of a cornish dawn in early summer. There is a freshness and hope in the first rays that I think we captured. Apex aerial imaging helped to get the beautiful views of the river over Bude Marshes. We were in place at 5 am waiting for the light to land on the river and were filming seconds after.

The music is ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’ by Arvo Pärt, performed by Markus Staab, the title means mirrors in mirrors. The tintinabular minimalism worked for me with the longer takes, and also says something about circles and waves and life.

Many thanks to Avril Sainsbury of eight design for producing and guidance, and many thanks to you for watching.


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Lee Robertson

Lee Robertson

Lee Robertson lives in Crackington Haven, Cornwall. He makes websites and short films and enjoys writing, surfing, filming, hiking and photography.