Home to the elusive and uber-famous graffiti artist Banksy, Bristol has gained a reputation for being a particularly creative city. It’s where the cool and chic hipsters head to when London has reached its heady peaks; packed with culture, it has everything you need.
Being in a creative space is particularly important when you’re producing videos – whether for marketing, advertising or general entertainment reasons. It will fuel your mind to try different angles, settings, contexts and frames. It will change your vision, helping to draw out a different perspective for you.
Gathering local knowledge enables you to add layers of depth and complexity, establishing meaning and symbolism where it may have otherwise felt two-dimensional and simplistic. Likewise, it helps to motivate and inspire, making you want to put the best of yourself into your project and work.
Thanks to its heritage and history of being home to the anonymous artist Banksy, art plays a key role in the creativity of the south west. Scour the streets with a keen eye and you won’t be far from a piece of visually arresting graffiti decorating the city walls and narrow alleyways.
Incorporating humour, political expression and pop-culture, it may not necessarily be legal but it does carry a story that can be read and interpreted however you wish. An even keener eye will spot the original Banksy works of art that still exist in and around the city. If walls could talk… well in Bristol, they do.
These walls make great backdrops for video productions and TV shows; whether you’re looking to add a sense of character or colour to your production or just want to show some of the surrounding area as part of it, this street art provides a wonderful visual experience – both for foreground and background work.
There is a great deal of architectural creativity in Bristol – the most notable being the Clifton Suspension Bridge, constructed in 1829 (completed in 1864) and originally designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Spanning across the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, the grade I listed toll bridge offers itself as a vast wrought iron and red sandstone-clad distinctive landmark. It is symbolic of the area.
Hugged by nature on both sides and with the water gushing underneath, it offers the coming together of human architecture, historical innovation and natural beauty in one moment. Either viewed from afar or up close by walking across it, the Clifton Suspension Bridge captures your imagination and creativity.
For a more modern take on design, there’s Pero’s Bridge – a stylish and sleek footbridge for pedestrians that crosses the floating harbour. Despite its chic appearance, it is named in honour of the enslaved African, Pero Jones, who was first brought to the city aged 12 in 1765 as a slave for John Pinney. Again the bridge marks itself as a passing point of history, architecture and story-telling. An insight into the beating heart of the south west.
Landmarks are great to use in videos to show where a company is based and add history and heritage through subliminal messaging. It helps to promote their base when they operate internationally and gives a sense of who they are. Landmarks also reinforce the notion of innovation and technical advancement. The surrounding natural beauty, meanwhile, helps a company reinforce the idea of its green credentials.
Bristol is home to a number of museums and art galleries, which are packed with culture and creativity. Perhaps the most notable is the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery. With a combination of archaeology and geology, fossils and a Romany caravan, plus framed artworks from local artist Banksy, it’s a catalogue of inspiration for all moods and movements.
Wander around, feel inspired and leave with more than you came with. Museums can be a great place to inspire you or provide the backdrop for documentaries. Just be aware that if you’re taking your camera or video equipment to a museum or art gallery, there may be areas that you’re not allowed to capture – so always check for permission first.