The Making of The Moment We Left

The Making of The Moment We Left.

A few months ago I went to Dungeness in Kent, a desolate landscape with wooden huts, old ships, power stations, lighthouses and much more! I went with a talented photographer friend and you can view his work of on Instagram here: @_beans_on_toast_

This is what I filmed there. I called the film The Moment We Left, reflecting the loneliness of the place :

We stopped off at the Dungeness visitors centre, seeking directions on where the huts and boats were (its not a clearly sign posted place). We were asked by the 2 cute little ladies if we were filming there; my balloon ready to deflate! The lady told us that a few weeks ago, a photoshoot took place during the night and involved pyrotechnics resulting in a certain boat being completely ruined. We assured her that we weren’t flamethrowers, got the directions and drove. Idiots whoever messed up that boat. 

Ten minutes later we arrived. If you’ve been there, the first thing you’d probably notice is the long narrow rail track. It started from the main road where we parked and carried on as far I could see. The track was rusted and broken beyond repair and was used to carry fish (I’ve read). This was the first thing I filmed using the slider across the track.

It was quite a windy morning so doing manual sliding dolly moves proved tricky at times as you can see in the footage. My slides have always been manually pushed so maybe it’s time for a motorised slider. But then it’s also time for a new camera, drone and steadicam.

Dungeness has a very unique look and feel to it, reminiscent to certain areas of Iceland to some degree. As I was filming I saw some strange looking insects and plants, one even looked like a mini cactus!

I didn’t find Prospect Cottage; the most photographed cottage in Dungeness but I didn’t really look for it to be honest. I was too involved in my boat! In fact, I didn’t even make it to the shingle beach! Shame as there was lots more I could’ve filmed looking through my friend’s pictures.


I bought the slider (used in the video) primarily to take on my Iceland trip last year. My Konova slider was too large to fit inside the check in bag for British Airways so I had to buy a smaller slider.

It’s not as good as the Konova but I didn’t expect it to be. Saying that, it’s still worth the money and if you need a compact slider to carry around, definitely consider this.

Update: I recently bought a Zhiyun Crane which I will definitely use on the next location😁

Dungeness I’ll visit you again sometime.

Equipment used:

The Slider used in this video was the Glide Gear DEV-1000 23″ Slider 

The Tripod was the Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod along with the Manfrotto Pro Video Head

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Written by ravkan