It’s been a while since I last posted anything. Here’s a round up of some of the jobs we did in June. We started the month in Weymouth shooting for Volvo filming the GB Olympic sailing team. They were practicing along with all the other international team for upcoming competitions. I always feel a little nervous flying all that gear over the sea but it seems many jobs recently have been taking place on the coast so Im starting to get used to it! It was great fun have such a dynamic subject to shoot with a lot of movement to track and follow. We got some great footage on the C300 that will be appearing on a show reel soon.
Our second shoot over the sea was in Cornwall filming for a new National Trust commercial that will be shown on the TV and in the Cinema. We were shooting back on the Red Dragon flying off the cliffs at Boscastle. It is a beautiful spot that we got to see in some stunning light as we arrived at the location at 3am! Its not easy getting up that early but it pays off when you get to see such an amazing location at first light and through to sunrise. The shoot involved flying along side cliffs, out to sea and some nice graphic shots with full frame rock faces and shore lines. Looking forward to seeing the finished commercial.
Next we were back filming for a big new Sky One series due out later in the year called Apocalypse Slough. We were filming the end shot for a rather complex CGI sequence which involved tracking about 6ft directly behind a moving car. The passenger in the back was staring out down the lens so the shot had to remain dead centre. It was fairly tricky and took a few takes but we eventually nailed it. The CGI director said after “You couldn’t get it any more perfect”, so we were pretty happy! We had a second shoot for the same production a week later getting shots of Slough for the title sequence and to be used throughout the 10 episodes. This was fairly straight forward although it was fairly windy but all went well.
Mid June we shot a commercial for Carlsberg. This was in Croydon and was a lot of fun. It should be on your screens fairly soon so lets just say it evolves a kick around in the park that escalates somewhat! It was a great team with a lot of big toys on location. Our rig looked pretty small next to the techno crane!
At the end of the month we were back down in Cornwall filming at the Pendennis super yacht boat yard. We were filming a very impressive super yacht coming into the wet dock for a complete refit. It was an amazing place to film at with a lot of opportunities for some diverse shots. We got to fly inside huge boat sheds and covered dry docks as well as in and around all the huge machinery and hoists on the water front and around the super yacht as it came in from the sea. Amongst all the fun we were having we did encounter a few new hazards. There seemed to be a fair bit of RF and compass interference on site There is obviously a lot of transmitters on boat and probably a lot of high power electrical cables running round the site. We had to monitor the levels throughout the day and stay away from a couple of locations for safety. Secondly there were a lot of very aggressive seagulls about that seemed intent on dive bombing our 8, carbon fibre bladed, heavy lift octocopter. Lucky none followed through with their threats as it wouldn’t have ended well for anybody! Always things to be wary of on shoots!
June was a really great month. Looking forward to a great July, especially the birth of my first child! UAV carrying baby footage soon I promise!
Skyjib 8 SUAS, Movi M15, C300, about to take off at Weymouth
Just before take off with the Skyjib, Movi M15 and Red Dragon at Boscastle.
Waiting for enough light to film in at Boscastle for the National Trust commercial.
Setting up the CGI tracking shot for the Sky One series Apocalypse Slough. Shooting 6k on the Red Dragon for this shot.
Waiting for our shot next to the techno crane. A lot of kit on set.
Full loaded SKyjib with the Red Dragon and Zeiss prime on the Movi M15 at the recent Carlsberg commercial
Ready to film the opening shots at Pendennis ship yard with the Skyjib UAV, Movi M15 and Red Dragon
Preparing to fly at Pendennis boat yard over some very expensive boats.
Summer evening flight with the Skyjib, Movi M15 and Red Dragon
Both the Skyjib UAV’s mounted in the van with the Red Dragon on the Movi M15 in between. Pretty happy with the set up!