The task I had to film was the re-fix of their famous Dutch Blinds after their winter storage and clean. This entailed the guys having to abseil from the penthouse balcony, hoisting up and fixing the blinds as they descended.
Despite the weatherman’s warnings it stayed mostly dry all the time I was up there and I totally missed the torrential downfall that came late afternoon. I’d go as far as saying that during the moments of abseil inactivity it was actually a rather pleasant day. I took the opportunity to get one or two shots overlooking Hyde Park and the southern vistas of London (Battersea Power Station to my left and Wembley Arena to my right – and everything else in between), and some more abstract shots of the traffic passing beneath me along Park Lane. I’m not sure if I’ll ever use these but they’re there if I (or anyone else) ever needs them.
Not only was this my first time atop this hotel (no surprises there), it was also my first day filming totally mobile in London. DSLR, lenses, batteries and other necessary bits in my backpack and a Sachtler Ace in its bag (along with a mono-pod) over my shoulder. Within a hour of jumping on the Central Line tube at Loughton I was exiting Hyde Park Corner station on the Piccadilly Line. It was then just a short stroll up Park Lane to The Dorchester.
It would have taken me twice the time had I driven and cost me (or the client) tons more money in congestion charges, parking fees and not an insignificant amount of petrol.
So – if you are looking for highly mobile videographer to shoot London scenery I’m your man!