Things you can do in lockdown No. 2
Here at Lifestyle Video Productions, we have been producing videos of weddings, concerts, special events, business events and promotions and family stories. Now there were none of those happening.
We have been producing travel videos for many years. This was no longer possible.
And it was winter, a time of year when we usually head north to find some sunshine. But we were in lockdown and we couldn’t travel! Especially not interstate, but then not even outside the 5 kilometre zone!
There wasn’t even an opportunity to take some video except around the house.
We had already started some decluttering, clearing out the garage and under the house. We had even moved into the house to discover the old VHS tapes and updated them to DVD. We even discovered some family super 8 movie films and also converted them to DVD.
But soon we lost interest in decluttering.
Now what could we video during lockdown?
That’s when John went in search of another project. During the decluttering process under the house he remembered finding his father’s old cylinder lawn mower. Suddenly, it was a light bulb moment and a plan was born.
He could renovate the old mower and film all the steps along the way. This would take care of two needs at the one time – something to do while assuaging the need to make videos. Happy man!
The video became a step-by-step process of getting the old mower to work again. Fortunately Soeren was there to give advice and operate the camera.
After freeing up the throttle and the cable, they checked the spark plug and gave it a good clean. Then it was time to try to start it. This took a few attempts and some more fiddling before it finally burst into life.
But now there was another problem which seemed to be related to the blades not turning. After all this time they were covered in rust! More adjustments required.
So with the drive chains adjusted too, they checked the muffler and gave that a good clean also.
It was now time for a test drive. The nature strip has never looked so good!
And it was all recorded on high definition video – a video made during lockdown.