A Caerphilly-based video production company has had their short-film featured at the Lift-Off Global Network Documentary Showcase at Pinewood Studios in London.
The documentary-fiilm, Journey To Basecamp, was produced by Insight Video Marketing’s Steven Bollschweiler, who climbed Mount Everest to make the film.
Mr Bollschweiler said: “It was daunting at first to head into Pinewood knowing my film would be shown alongside filmmakers from across the world.
“There was definitely a feeling of imposter syndrome, but thankfully, it went down really well.
“The filming itself had its own unique challenges, as it’s a tough enough job just to climb the mountain, but I also had to be mindful of the camera angles, sequences, sound, light and batteries – there aren’t many charging points on Everest.
“Thankfully it was worth it and we received some very encouraging comments on both the cinematography and the narrative of the film.”
Mr Bollschweiler added: “But perhaps the biggest compliment was the number of people who told us how inspiring they found it. Many even went as far as to say it made them want to make the trip to Base Camp, which is something that I know pleased my partner on this project, Andy.”
Andy Moore, founder of Caerphilly-based adventure travel company EverTrek, worked with Mr Bollschweiler on the project.
Mr Moore said: “After now helping more than 350 people get to Everest Base Camp, I wanted to get a film made about our work, so engaged with Steven.”
“We’re both incredibly proud of the film and are delighted it was received so well at one of the country’s most prestigious studios.”
Insight Video Marketing and EverTrek are both based at the Welsh ICE campus in Caerphilly.
Campus Director of Welsh ICE, Jamie McGowan said: “Welsh ICE is more than just work space, broadband and coffee. The community is the driving force behind our success, and it’s collaboration such as this that exemplifies what can be achieved.
“Before joining through our ICE 50 programme, Andy was working alone after leaving a career in finance and Steven was looking for a place to call home. A year later, and both businesses are scaling mountains – literally.
“We’d encourage anyone thinking of starting a business, or anyone who has recently started but are looking for help and support, to get in touch with us, and apply for the next cohort of funded ICE 50 spaces.”