Aerial filming, can provide a stunning alternative perspective on your production. Sometimes it might deliver a key scene and at other times that master opening or finishing shot or that dramatic ‘scene establisher’. It can often be added into your production more easily and cost-effectively than you might imagine.
Sometimes we are on-set with the rest of the team, but equally the director and or production team, can put together a brief for the aerial crew to simply deliver specific drone shots and aerial perspectives if the rest of the crew are in a different location or perhaps the aerial footage need to be shot at a different time.
Safety must come first with any aerial filming project and it is essential to do a risk assessment before any job.
In January 2021, the drone regulations were updated for the UK and the whole of Europe. These rules and regulations though are being constantly updated and it is essential that before any aerial flight the pilot in charge is familiar with the current regulations and does all the necessary airspace checks and has the correct licences and permits to fly the drone.
Essentially the regulations look at the perceived risk, this means that drone flights will be permitted depending on the weight of the drone, the location where they are being flown and the qualifications of the pilot controlling the drone.
Safety must always be the no. 1 priority, but this does not mean that ambitious or difficult shoots cannot take place. What it means is that they will require careful planning preparation and the appropriate clearances in the airspace where the drone will be flown.
We provide 5M public liability insurance.
HD or 4K?
We can shoot in either, we would recommend 4K for quality purposes and ‘future proofing’, but HD can be provided for more rapid turnaround projects.
We can provide day rates, half day rates for both one man and two man teams. Some shoots will require much larger teams and then we will create a bespoke quote according to the requirements of the shoot. We can also provide flat rates per property or location or video, so let us know what you need and we can work it out.
Camera Operator or Drone Operator?
Flying and filming with a UAV (Unmanned Aerial System) are both key skills and sometimes, people who have learnt to fly a drone do not necessarily have the filming skills or knowledge to be an aerial camera operator, so always check that you are using not only a qualified drone pilot but that you are also employing a camera operator. Sometimes this can be a single operator, but on shoots that require a more cinematic look and perfect framing from the first frame to the last, then you probably need a dual operated device, one person flying the drone and a cameraperson controlling the onboard camera.
We have in-house editing capabilities, so we are happy to either provide you with the source material or we can take care of the edit for you.