In the past few weeks, Yarm School has opened its new Music School, futuristic boathouse and new AstroTurf pitches.
To celebrate the completion of the work, Richard and Lucy Critchlow of Dependable Productions, who have two sons at Yarm, embarked on an ambitious project to film a birds-eye view of the whole school site.
The finished result is a stunning three-minute long film which zooms high above pupils rowing on the River Tees before gaining altitude for an overview of Yarm’s pre-prep, prep and senior schools.
Pupils playing hockey, football, table tennis and netball are reduced to doll-sized proportions before the camera comes back down for an incredible slow motion shot from above of one student scoring a netball goal.
The camera also swoops up to see pupils sitting on the grass near Yarm’s outdoor education yurt roasting marshmallows over an open fire.
Already, the video has been viewed thousands of times and shared across the world on social media, with many former pupils commenting on how much the school has changed.
Yarm School headmaster David Dunn said: “We’re very grateful to Dependable Productions for creating such an amazing video. The result is absolutely incredible and really gives an overview of all the changes that have taken place here in a way which would be impossible to see from the ground.
“Richard and Lucy have both had long and illustrious careers filming such momentous events as the final Concorde flight, Royal weddings and funerals, and General Elections, so to have them and their team filming here at Yarm School has been a real honour.
“The finished result perfectly sums up our ethos of providing a very diverse education for our pupils, including sports, music and outdoor activities.”
The team carried out a full day of filming at Yarm School, having to wait until heavy fog lifted for the right conditions and requiring pupils to score netball and football goals numerous times to get the perfect footage from above.
Richard said: “At Dependable we are used to making locations look their best. However, when you start with a great looking location like Yarm School, it becomes a real pleasure.
“The shoot required meticulous planning and coordination with air traffic control as well as extremely well-behaved and fully-briefed pupils and staff. When combined with a beautiful autumn day, the results speak for themselves.
“As a licensed drone operator, we use drone shots a lot but would never normally make a film using aerial shots alone, but we feel this is a great example of what can be done with this exciting new technology”
To view the video visit: https://vimeo.com/