Glastonbury 2019 was EVERYTHING

So 2019 was my first EVER trip to Glastonbury Performing Arts Festival and what a cracking induction. I love live music and festivals (if anyone has a festival wedding planned, get in touch now as you are my ideal dream clients, I will make you the most amazing wedding film)

I don’t just film weddings, I film events and parties too. So as if I could go to Glastonbury and not document and lock down those memories in film.

So the thing about festivals, as I’m sure you know, is that you don’t want to be leaving valuable items in your tent and when in the thick of the crowd while watching a band, there’s always a chance of losing or breaking something (my sunglasses were snapped on the first night). So there wasn’t a chance in hell that I was going to take my professional Sony cameras. I decided instead to take the camera that I used to create my very first films.

I give you my Fujifilm Finepix J120

My battered original film making camera

My battered original film making camera

This little beaut has been on snowboarding holidays, colour rush runs (evidenced by the colour dust in all the nooks and crannies) and was the camera I used to film my very first wedding (when one of my school friends ask me to do “one of your videos” of their wedding. I wasn’t shooting weddings professionally then, but that was what started me off).

So not only a little bit of nostalgia, but I wanted to see if I could make interesting films with any equipment. I wanted to prove (to myself) that I’m not a victim of the “all gear, no idea” gang. I’ve invested heavily in my wedding film business and top of the range equipment really does improve the crispness and quality of footage especially when it’s dark, but I wanted to go back to basics. Plus my Fuji and my phone both fit nicely in my bumbag with space for the festival staples loo paper and anti-bac gel.

The senor in my Fuji is damaged (probably by the sun reflecting off snow up the Alps) but I like the effects that gives. I like the light bleeding and strange colours, it gives the footage an aged feel

I did a lot of filming on my Phone (Samsung Galaxy S9) and my beautiful festival friends (below, I’m the tiger face in the middle) gave me their phone vids too.

Oh hello tiger face. “Have you ever seen a tiger glitter ball?”

Oh hello tiger face. “Have you ever seen a tiger glitter ball?”

So the finished mini film (it’s only 60 seconds long) is a combination of mobile phone and footage from my battered Fujifilm camera and I think it’s pretty dam special. I’m pleased that I can use my film making skills to create memories of the BEST weekend with some of my favourite people.

Glastonbury is a truly magical experience. Every single band/DJ we saw, from big names to people we’d never heard of, got the most energetic crowds who were hyped and cheery and responsive, everyone was there to have a good time and every single act appreciated it.

I connected with the bands, I cried with friends and had the most amazing time of my life. EVER. I just hope I get tickets again next year.

Sally Johns