I’ve been flying cameras on drones since I could see them becoming an invaluable part of my tool box (of tricks!) back in 2014. Unlike some other operators, who have come from the RC aircraft hobbyist end of the spectrum, I’ve always approached drone filming with a cinematographer’s eye. As you’ll be aware, drone shots (literally and metaphorically) take your production to the next level!
I’ve been professionally qualified since 2016 and am a fully insured pilot with permission for commercial operation from the Civil Aviation Authority here in the UK (PfCO from the CAA). I also have a network of pilots I work with when budgets allow for a two-person team. In this scenario I act as the gimbal camera operator, directing the pilot to achieve really dynamic shots that are much harder to achieve as a solo operator.
I have access to two drones, both the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2, to suit different budgets. The cameras these drones carry are the Zenmuse X5 (Inspire 1) and X5S (Inspire 2) and both can be fitted with interchangeable Olympus Lenses, I have a full set. The main differences between these two drone/camera combinations can be summed up as improvements in flight time, flight speed, picture quality and ability to manipulate the image in post. Both are great setups, but there is a difference in cost reflecting the investment made in the equipment.
It goes without saying that safety is hugely important and I won’t fly in conditions which I think could be dangerous. Having said that, I do have the confidence and skills required to fly hard and push the envelope in order to get creative and dynamic shots. Every shoot is planned and conducted with the utmost care, having completed a risk assessment, site survey and pre-flight check before every job.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
An updated drone showreel is imminent, but for now please enjoy my first ever drone film which I’m still very proud of: