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See Grimsby and Cleethorpes as you’ve never seen it before!

12:38 pm, Thursday, 14th March 2024 - 1 month ago

Culture, events and tourism

Discover North East Lincolnshire, the area’s official tourism brand, has created a fascinating video showcasing Grimsby and Cleethorpes in miniature and is excited to launch it as English Tourism Week begins.

Teaming up with Lincolnshire videographer, Rich Beach of Beach Media, the film captures key landmarks and memorable locations, promoting the towns to both visitors and residents.

The film uses a photography technique usually employed by architects to correct converging lines, called tilt-shift, which creates a narrow band of focus. Time-lapse photos are taken every second, creating a movie image 24-times the actual speed, adding to the effect.

Combined with a high vantage point, it tricks the mind into thinking the image is of a miniature world. The end result is that the footage is transformed into what looks like a Hornby diorama!

The video features much loved landmarks including Cleethorpes Pier, Grimsby Dock Tower, the Ross Tiger, Waltham Windmill, Grimsby Minster and St Peter’s Church. On top of that, it shows off the famous Lollipop Land Train, Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, the promenades, the coastal path and Cleethorpes beach.

Hayden Dawkins, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and the Visitor Economy said: “This captivating video gives the audience a glimpse of what’s on offer in North East Lincolnshire as a coastal destination, whether that’s to visit or to live here.

“We’re really excited to launch this video at the start of English Tourism Week and we hope it will provoke feelings of pride amongst local businesses and our residents. We want people to show it to their customers, friends and family and show off just how lovely our area is.”

Videographer and creator of the video Rich Beach said: “The whole process is complicated and can only really be shot on bright sunny days when there is little wind.”

“I heavily saturate the colours to emphasise the toy effect, and bright sunlight is needed for this. I also use a sun calculator app that tells me when the sun in on the face of a particular building, so I can plan the shots and the order in which I shoot them.

“The best part of this film was getting the chance to stay in Cleethorpes for a week to shoot it, enjoying all the great beaches and attractions . It’s not often I get to combine a filming job with a holiday.”

The video is now available on Discover North East Lincolnshire’s YouTube channel here and will form part of the spring marketing campaign alongside another promotional video of Cleethorpes produced by Lincolnshire video production company, Wallbreaker.

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