• Short Summary

    Amphibious caravan for dream holiday - a week in the countryside and a week at sea (or river). Great!

  • Description

    River Lea, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

    M/S of a caravan parked in a camping site. A man stands at the door and a woman at the front detaching it from the ground. Cut to a M/S of car approaching the caravan from the back to be attached to it. A man observes the process. Man and woman attaching the caravan to the car.

    This caravan is the latest invention of designer Alan Eckford who refused to accept the existing limitations of caravans. He created the unique, new, ingenious 'amphibian caravan car' - one that sails.

    Succession of M/S of the two couples getting into the car. They drive the caravan through the countryside and finally stop at their destination - the river bank.

    Several shots of the two couples preparing the caravan for launching. They wheel the caravan next to the water. M/S of a man taking off the number plate from the back (narrator informs the audience that the man is Alan Eckford, the designer) Alan and the other man (Ron Sams of Hoddeston who built the caravan) push the caravan into water.

    M/S of the two women holding the outboard motor engine. They give the engine to a man who places it into the place specially designed for it. Another man fixes rudder on to the rear of the amphibious caravan. People enter the caravan ready for the sail.

    L/S of the caravan sailing with the two women sitting on the top of it, enjoying. Point of view shot from the inside of the caravan as it sails. C/U high angle shot of the water being bubbled up by the outboard motor. Final high angle shot of the caravan sailing away.

    Note: Worrying amounts of neg sparkle exist - checking for possible improvements.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:27:00 / 01:03:30:00
    CP 045

Comments (2)

  1. Unknown user says

    The vehicle is called the "Otter" amphibious caravan.

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  2. paulios says

    It seems like such a great idea! Doesn't look very stable, mind, but I'd still buy one!

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