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This walk: 2013-8-13.

First day of filming for BBC Inside Out SW on the Devonport Leat
- film screened Mon. 30th Sep. 2013

With director Jo Horsey, cameraman Don Slater & presenter Nick Baker

Link to second day of filming

 

Filming at the head weir on the River Cowsic .....

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion behind the bicycle shed - or, What is this hut doing over the leat?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, gentle folks .....

 

Approaching the now-disused end of the West Dart Leat where the water was fed either into this head weir on the Cowsic or (in times of plenty?) bypassed the weir and went straight down the Cowsic. There was a lot of water engineering in the Devonport Leat. Nowadays, the West Dart leat takes a shortcut via the 1889 aqueduct over the River Cowsic to upwell in the leat that runs from this dead weir (see later).

 

 

 

"Quiet, that man" .....

 

The start of the story: Beardown Tors in the distance.

 

Dartmoor CAM movie. TIP .....
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The beginning of the Inside Out film about the Devonport Leat, was this the take that was used?

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File size: 4.2 MB.
Length 26 secs

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you could just walk into shot from half a mile back .....

 

Setting up for the upwelling .....

 

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How do I describe this to the viewers?

 

 

 

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Preparing to film at SWW's Dousland Water Treatment Works .....

 

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Covered treatment tanks / reservoirs .....

 

Complicated!

 

Here we go ...... interiew with Neil Whiter .....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Film crew with interviewees / advisors at SWW Dousland Water Treatment Works: photo by kind permission of PR Dept, SWW.
From left - Jo Horsey, Don Slater, Steve Terry, Nick Baker, Keith Ryan & Neil Whiter.

 

If you could just walk into shot from half a mile back .....

 

Dartmoor CAM movie. TIP .....
  • press F11 to make more "Full Screen", remembering to press it again to regain Normal Screen.

Setting up to film at the present-day end of the functioning leat. 

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File size: 3.8 MB.
Length 21 secs

 

 

The modern end of the present-day leat .....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With SWW personnel to tell part of the story .....

 

Dartmoor CAM movie. TIP .....
  • press F11 to make more "Full Screen", remembering to press it again to regain Normal Screen.

Filming at the end of the running leat.

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File size: 3.9 MB.
Length 22 secs

 

 

 

 

 

Dartmoor CAM movie. TIP .....
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Filming at the Burrator cascade (waterfall) - with what I thought was a clever, and lucky, ending .....

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File size: 5.5 MB.
Length 34 secs

 

The following photograph is deliberately two screens high to give a better impression of the cascade .....

 

 

At the bottom of the Raddick Hill cascade .....

 

Dartmoor National Park's Senior Archaeologist, Jane Marchand ..... telling the story of the doll's head that is set into the side of the leat, it is believed by a French prisoner out on a work party during the Napoleonic wars during the years 1809-1815.  This section unfortunately did not appear in the transmitted programme.

 

Jo Horsey, film maker and musician extraordinaire .....

 

 

 

Something I haven't seen on my walks before ......

 

 

 

Filming underwater .....

 

..... with a GoPro

 

I hope some of its output gets through the editing process!

 

"WRAP".

 

 

 

 

 

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