Filming at The Llama Park

As part of our final year project, we are creating a 15-minute documentary about a Llama Park in East Sussex. Set in 33 acres of land, the park is home to an ever-growing variety of animals which includes llamas, alpacas, reindeer, horses, donkeys, Jacob sheep, Kune Kune pigs, Peafowl and poultry. The Llama Park is owned by Bobby Schuck, wife Susan Barrow and daughter Lily. We visited The Llama Park on the 9th November for a recce which allowed us to get a feel of the place and come up with a filming schedule. We decided to travel up on the morning of 19th November and film on the Saturday and Sunday. My role in this project is camera operator and editor. I filmed on the Sony FS100 and will be editing on Adobe Premiere Pro.

Saturday 19th November

We left Lincoln at 6:30 and arrived at The Llama Park just before 10am. The first thing we did was set up our equipment and arrange our interview with owner Bobby Schuck. Bobby is the definition of eccentric and definitely adds character to the park. We went on a llama walk which was pretty exciting. This documentary has definitely ignited my love for llamas, I would recommend visiting The Llama Park. During the llama walk, we were able to see the grounds and it is an absolutely gorgeous place. In the afternoon, we interviewed Susan Barrow and gathered footage of the gift shop and all of the animals. The gift shop features clothing made from alpaca wool and Luckily, the weather held up and we were able to get most of our outdoor footage.

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Sunday 20th November

We arrived at The Llama Park around 11am. As the weather was pretty bad, we decided to spend most of our time doing interviews and gathering footage inside. We were let into some of the animal pens so we could get better shots of the animals and get up close to them. We met a llama called Teddy who cannot be kept in a pen as he can jump all of the fences and likes to roam freely. I have a nice shot of him spitting in a donkey’s face and jumping over a fence. It was extremely cold so we had to make sure that we wore lots of layers and boots to walk in the mud. In the afternoon, we interviewed Lily Schuck, Scott Grayson (head chef) and Pat Risseeuw (livestock and estate manager). The llamas loved being on camera and were not afraid to stick their face on the lens. At first, I was a little bit apprehensive about approaching the llamas but they are such loving animals and so much fun.

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I am now in the process of editing and our final film will be on YouTube.

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