A Film by perch in collaboration
with British Adventure Collective
Back in the summer of 2018, Emily Scott set out to climb the Scottish Munros in one continuous, self-propelled, self-supported, and largely solo round. Project 282 is the short film aiming to give a sense of Emily’s love of Scotland and what motivated her throughout the 120-day journey.
When making the decision to step away from a full-time career as a London-based chartered accountant, Emily Scott spent a lot of time questioning what really made her happy. Despite growing up in the countryside, it took the hustle and bustle of city life for her to realise that the outdoors was fundamentally linked to her quest for inner peace.
The pull of the mountains was undeniable and Emily started on her journey to become a ski instructor and mountain leader. Whilst living in Edinburgh between ski seasons, the idea of climbing the Munros first planted itself in her mind. This notion evolved from bagging these 282 Scottish mountains over 3,000ft in the more conventional way, over a number of years, to trying to do them in one continuous round, travelling between the hills on her bike.
Although Emily’s triathlon background demonstrated her desire to physically push herself, she had never taken on anything longer than a week before. She soon realised that perseverance combined with breaking things down into smaller parts were going to be key to completing the project.
Project 282 is a visually striking piece from perch Films in collaboration with the British Adventure Collective, which features some of Scotland’s most spectacular landscapes. Emily’s narration gives a personal insight into both the background of the challenge and her reflections on it, along with her evident passion for the Scottish Highlands. The cinematography allows the viewer to understand why Emily says: ‘Scotland on a good day: you can’t beat it. You’re not that far from civilisation and yet, at times, you feel like you could be the only person in the world.’
‘It’s amazing how much work goes into the process of making a short film,’ Emily acknowledges, adding that, ‘There are weeks of work that have been poured into those 10 minutes: a real labour of love.’ The film project came about from a conversation between Aaron Rolph of the British Adventure Collective, and Paddy Bartram and Will March of perch Films; together they saw the potential to tell the story and showcase Scotland’s raw beauty.
Filming the entirety of the journey wasn’t an option: the company of the filmmakers would have totally changed its solo nature. It would have also been completely impractical from both time and financial perspectives, given that the Munro round took the best part of four months and the film was completely self-funded. Instead, the Scotland footage was captured over two separate trips: one real-time in the final week of the challenge, and the other the following summer. Emily joked that Project 282 itself was in fact a location scouting mission for the second filming trip!
Recording the voiceover was a hugely valuable part of the whole experience: it wasn’t scripted, but instead was a conversation between Paddy, Will, and Emily, who notes it ‘took the form of a sort of guided introspection, which really helped me to process both my why and also what I’d actually just finished’. That discussion, which took place about two weeks after Emily completed the Munros, helped to shape the second filming trip to get the necessary shots for the storytelling.
Emily is the first to admit that she has a tendency to think about the next thing even during the process of doing something else. Project 282 has given her much more cause to reminisce on the adventure itself and the lessons she has learnt and been able to take forward, rather than simply questioning ‘what next?’.
‘We hope that the film will help to show people that expeditions don’t need to be in far-flung lands and, in fact, there are some incredible, wild, and remote places in the British Isles.’ –Emily Scott
Emily feels that this may be especially pertinent as we emerge from the effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic, with UK lockdown restrictions easing but international travel likely to remain off the cards for a while longer. She adds that a discovery of the outdoors is surely a positive element to come out of the pandemic, but hopes that by sharing the incredible wildness of Scotland in the film that people understand the need to respect nature and leave the landscapes unspoiled.
Throughout Project 282, Emily was fundraising for three incredible organisations that work tirelessly to keep people safe in the outdoors: Scottish Mountain Rescue, the Mountain Bothy Association, and Air Ambulances UK.
Any donations are gratefully received. If you enjoy the film, you might consider making a donation using the links below; UK taxpayers can fill in a Gift Aid declaration to allow the charities to benefit from an additional 20 per cent from the government.