Saturday 20 December 1986

Local History On Video


The Frome Journal, Vol.VII, No.51, published today, includes the following news item:

Two former pupils of the old Frome Grammar School are prominently involved in a new enterprise which aims to put the towns of the West Country on video film.

Filming of Frome is planned to start in the New Year.

The first film, just completed, features Warminster. It documents the town's history from the Bronze Age to the present day.

It has been produced by Video Pictures who are based in Warminster and it marks the firm's biggest venture to date in making specialist feature films.

The completed Warminster video has a running time of approximately 55 minutes and represents only a fraction of the thousands of feet of film the company shot on location in Warminster and elsewhere during the summer months.

It is narrated by Jane White, who lives in Frome, and the script was researched and written by Warminster historian Danny Howell, who has written a number of local history books.

Both Jane and Danny are former pupils of the old Frome Grammar School, now Frome College.

Lighting for the film was masterminded by Amanda Chaunt and the video has been directed by Bridget Penny who runs Video Pictures with her husband Eric.

They established the company in 1982 and have been primarily involved with recording private functions such as weddings and making promotional films for industry.

Earlier this year they produced successful video films of the Warminster Fire Brigade Centenary Celebrations, and the Warminster and District Community Play called Imber.

Although they will still be concentrating on filming private functions and events, they now hope to follow up the Warminster Profile with similar films on other towns in Wiltshire and Somerset.