"The most beautiful dream that has haunted the heart of man since Icarus is today reality." - Louis Bleriot
It's not always glamourous film work! This simple roof inspecton was requested by an insurance company to assess a claim, so we provided them with a number of photos which proved to be the most cost effective option.
Luckily the rain stopped and the sun appeared just at the right time for this aerial photo shoot with the Inspire 2 X5S (25mm lens). Notice the new opera house under construction at the back. They have plans....
Here's a screen grab from another shoot with Take One Productions, filming the flood defence work around Shoreham harbour. This was done using the DJI Inspire 2 X5S camera with a 25mm lens. Despite the high winds we managed to get some good shots.
Here's the finished film about Bury on the River Arun, featuring Tony Pratt and his 1948 MG. This is the first project using my DJI Inspire 2 X5S drone. I used the 25mm lens for all the aerial shots which gives pleasing results, and blends well with my Canon XC15 ground camera.
I've just completed the filming for our third episode in the Arun Valley series. This time it was Bury, near Amberley, which hosted Tony Pratt and me for a couple of days. The aerial footage was shot with my DJI Inspire 2 fitted with a 25mm lens which provides more of a cinematic look compared to the 12mm. Despite the lack of sunshine, I am very pleased with the results and will post the video when it's finished.
I recently tried out my 12mm, 25mm amd 45mm lenses at Rottingdean windmill. Here's a short video showing the different focal lengths.
Brighton SkyCam has recently acquired the new DJI Inspire 2 with its amazing X5S camera. The camera shoots broadcast quality 4K video, improving picture quality and offering greater flexibility in post-production. In addition, the use of interchangeable lenses means that we can get closer to the action without breaking any rules.
I will be posting some images from the 12mm, 25mm and 45mm lenses...
Here is some of the footage taken during three days of aerial filming commissioned by Horsham based company, Take One Productions. Take One is producing a series of films centred around Shoreham Harbour.
I've just done three days of aerial work around Shoreham Harbour, filming flood defence work for Take One Productions. Here are a few screen grabs from the shoot, I hope to post some video excerpts soon.
I filmed this short promo for EventsNet at the wonderful location of Little Thakeham in West Sussex.
I recently filmed the second episode of a series exploring the Arun Valley, past and present, with local historian Tony Pratt. This one was filmed around the small village of Burpham, near Arundel, using aerial, ground and water-based camera platforms. While aerial shots can look amazing, they should be used sparingly to achieve their greatest impact.
A few screen grabs from a recent job for Horsham video production company, Silvertip Films, as part of their promo video for Bluecoat Sports in nearby Christ's Hospital. Many thanks to Geoff Cockwill for giving me the work, and his willingness to operate within the rules to get some great late summer aerial footage.
When if met Geoff at a film makers networking event earlier this year, and showed him some examples of my work, he commented that I 'had an eye for a shot'. This was nice to hear as I believe my experience as a video maker, combined with my recently acquired flying skills, must offer a strong combination. Judging from some of the footage I've seen, there are lots of drone operators out there who can fly, but don't know how to string shots together.
The Bluecoat Sports job was my first opportunity to work with for Geoff, so it was important that he would respect the CAA regulations and be willing to work within them. I needn't have worried. Geoff absorbed all the legal constraints and appreciated the need to spend time planning jobs and doing the required paperwork.
After giving me his brief, Geoff and I met at Bluecoat Sports for a recce. Visiting a site before the flying day is a vital stage of the process, as it enables me to do a full assessment of the possible hazards and to satisfy myself that the job can be done safely. So, at the Bluecoat Sports recce, Geoff and I were able to work out a plan for a range of shots which would work both creatively and legally. We then had to get the cooperation of the Bluecoat Sports team, which wasn't a problem, and they were happy to provide assistance where necessary.
Most of my commercial work is done with my DJI Inspire quadcopter. Not only is it a great flying machine, it also allows me to use automated flight software. With my iPad, Autopilot and Google maps, I can create and save flight plans. I can then show these to clients before the shoot and modify them if necessary. It also means we can repeat the flights whenever we want. Best of all I can get really smooth shots, perhaps not previously possible as a single operator, which means I can provide high quality aerial footage at an affordable price.
The Bluecoat Sports job went smoothly. The weather was good, the staff were more than helpful, and working with Geoff was a calm and enjoyable experience. And we got some great footage.
Here's a short video I made while on holiday in Cornwall. I wanted to acquire aerial footage from my DJI Phantom 2/GoPro along with video clips from my Panasonic Lumix G7. Both are very portable, so I could carry all the gear in my backpack while finding locations off the beaten track. I have tried to use the aerial footage sparingly, supported by interesting ground shots.
A short welcome video, combining aerial and ground shots, and filmed in a single day.
Here are a few shots I've strung together from a recent shoot at the Tower of London. The aerial footage is being used in a new film for the Tower of London Welcome Centre, produced by Gilrei Video. Many thanks to Robert Reina for the work.
This job allowed me to combine the use of my drone with ground shots to tell a fascinating story revealed by local postcard collector, Tony Pratt. This episode was filmed around Houghton, near Arundel, featuring Tony and his 1948 MG in a lovely rural setting.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to film the White Tower by Robert Reina of Gilrei Video. Filming in central London involves a lot of planning and permission-seeking, but it all went very smoothly. The weather was perfect, so here are a few screen grabs from the shoot.
This was filmed during a week's trip to Snowdonia. It was all shot on a GoPro Hero 4 attached to a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, and carried around the mountains in a backpack. Many thanks to the Trewlawnyd Male Voice Choir for the use of their recording of Myfanwy.
Here's the short video I made for a Brighton seaside attraction, early one windy morning in the summer.