Kat & Alfie: Redwater

Kat & Alfie’s Redwater hit our TV screens last Thursday night in dramatic style! Who shot the aerial footage you might ask?!… We did!

Drone aerial filming specialists for TV drama series in UK

Drone aerial filming specialists for TV drama series in UK

Emmerdale – Ashley Thomas’ death

We’re set for an emotional evening on the streets of one of the UK’s favourite soap dramas tonight! We had the privilege of flying our Freefly systems Alta 8, coupled with our Alexa Mini camera to help give tonight’s special episode the WOW factor!

 

Join us tonight at 7pm on ITV.

Emmerdale’s Jimmy King (played by Nick Miles) checking out our Alta 8 / Alexa Mini combo whilst the crew review the shot!

 

Miss it? Don’t worry, you can watch Ashley’s final scene below.

Broadchurch – ITV

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We’re so excited to see Broadchurch back on the big screen again – we’re even more excited to see our aerial filming work punctuated throughout the series. We spent a number of days last year filming with our ALTA 8 and Alexa Mini drone on the windy South Coast (near West Bay). Lots of longs days and tricky locations (thanks to Graeme MacKenzie) but we had a blast working on this production… such a lovely team of people – it really felt like we were part of the family by the end. If you missed the first episode on Monday 27th Feb, see it here.

Catch the next episode on Monday 6th March.

Chris captures the sunset before a night shoot.

The under belly of the beast –  Our Alexa Mini drone in action!

Beautiful weather for some tracking shots – Moments before shooting a scene for Ep. 1

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Thats a wrap with David Tenant and Olivia Coleman!

James doing preflight checks on the cliff top.

Night shooting in the early hours.

Take off and landing on the beach – we love a challenge!

Arla

“Day 1 of 4 – Sunrise shots in the bag near Exeter for the Arla TV commercial with our spanking new MoVI Pro camera mount by @freeflysystems.”

 

Drone aerial filming with Arri alexa mini for agriculture farmland

 

“Day 2 and 3 filming some more crazy scapes across Dartmoor for the Arla ad. Strong performance from the new MoVI Pro camera mount in high winds and rain #weatherbeaten

 

Drone aerial filming for Arla dairy products TV advert in Devon

 

“Day 4 – That’s a wrap! 4 long, tough but exciting days in the wilderness with an awesome crew and even more awesome locations! Stay tuned for more adventures coming next week

 

Worcester Bosch

We are pleased to share the new Worcester Bosch racing teaser video, by Hipster, which is bristling with high energy and Top Gear styling. Hipster gave us a call in Jan 2017 with an exciting brief ‘We need some dramatic aerials shots chasing a BMW M4 around Bedford Aerodrome using the ALEXA Mini, can you help?’ Naturally, we jumped at the chance – chasing cars is our speciality, and so is the ALEXA Mini.

The weather forecast was dodgy and the first morning was spent anxiously watching the rain pelt the Hipster crew who had to cram a lot of filming into a challenging short Winter day. We set up and waited patiently in a hangar (next to Jonathan Palmer’s old F1 car) for an opportunity to fly and eventually, it came. We fired up the drone, cranked the camera to 50fps and had a lot of fun trying to keep up with the stunt driver. Delivering 425hp, the M4 looked insane drifting through the fresh surface water, leaving perfect trails of turbulent spray behind it. DP Karl Poyzer and Director Jake Barrett were watching everything happen live via a Connex HD downlink and Atomos Shogun monitor (for quick playback). It’s always nice to hear over-excited clients cheering beside us. Our finely-tuned Freefly Systems MoVI Pro stabilised the Alexa Mini perfectly, handling some fairly severe manoeuvres from the powerful ALTA 8 drone. Day 2 was spent at the incredible Milbrook Proving Ground, but sadly we can’t talk too much about that one… it’s a fascinating place to fly, but shrouded in secrecy. Thank you Hipster for an awesome job.

Client: Worcester Bosch

Campaign: Race Review

Production Company: Hipster

Director: Jake Barrett

1st Assistant Director: Laura Roe

Producer: Ryan Phillips

1st Assistant Producer: Verity Amos

Director of Photography: Karl Poyzer

Loader: Bart Bazaz

1st Assistant Camera: Fatosh Olgacher

Sound Engineer: Adam Fletcher

Data Wrangler: Nick Helmsley

Editor: Simon Dymond

Behind the Scenes Photographer: Gemma O’Brien

CBBC | The Worst Witch

CBBC’s The Worst Witch is now on the big screen and we’re excited to have been part of the production. Using the ALTA 8 drone and Alexa Mini camera, we brought the storyboard to life with a huge variety of aerial shots. Our brief was both extensive and challenging, from simulating Witches weaving through trees on their broomsticks to flying around castle turrets and crashing into walls (no drones were hurt in the making of!). We spent 4 days filming with the main unit at the stunning Hohernzollern Castle, in Germany, which was a real privilege because permission to fly drones at this location is extremely tricky to achieve. The Castle’s turrets look just like Witch’s hats and we were able to get very creative with some intricate manoeuvres – the Alta 8 drone by Freefly Systems performed flawlessly with the heavy Alexa Mini camera and MoVI M15 at an altitude of 3000ft. It’s exciting to see all the hard work come together – watch The Worst Witch on CBBC or on catch up via BBC iPlayer.

 
 

Beyond Limits – Chatsworth House

NEW RELEASE! Very proud to have been a part of this project working with Chrome Productions and Tim Boydell for Beyond Limits – Sotheby’s at Chatsworth House. It was challenging to achieve the drone aerial and ground-based contra-zoom filming shots but close communications between pilot, cam op, focus / zoom op and Director all came together to make this mind-bending piece. We used a combination of specialist equipment including the ALTA 8 drone, Alexa Mini with RED zoom lens and ARRI FIZ control, Segway, Exoskeleton and MoVI M15. Behind the scenes pics, see below…

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