Ride India

commissions documentary

​This short film follows a group of UK railway industry professionals cycling 450km across Rajasthan  to raise money for the Railway Children charity during March 2018. It was commissioned to play at the Railway Ball, an industry event, to encourage more people to take on fundraising challenges.

Starting with a visit to a  station in Delhi to see the plight of the many children living on India's railways, we then visited one of the charity's centres to meet some of the children, many with heartbreaking stories of abuse and neglect, that the organisation are helping.

Fully motivated, the group set off on their challenge from Agra, navigating dangerous roads, traffic and wildlife on their long ride to Jaipur.

As I was cycling for much of the route, as well as having to keep a very low profile whilst filming on the stations, I took a very basic filming kit. I also wanted to keep the value of what I was travelling with to a minimum.

1 Sony A7r ii camera, lens adaptor, 16-35mm 2.8l lens and a 24-70mm 2.8l lens, very compact carbon stills tripod with Velbon PH368 head, Rode Video Mic Pro and a Rode Smart Lav microphone with adaptors to connect directly to the camera. 

The official charity partner of the Lion film starring Dev Patel, Railway Children provides protection and opportunity for children with nowhere else to go and nobody to turn to across the UK, India and East Africa.


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