Drone’s, RPAS (Remote Piloted Air Systems), UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), Sky Cams, what ever you like to call them, have changed the video production market. Every few years a ground breaking piece of technology raises the bar in achieving high quality images. The DJI Inspire system to my mind has achieved that and more. Not only is it a hugely versatile piece of kit, it is very cost effective for virtually all production budgets. Combined with my role as Lighting Cameraman, the Inspire gives more added value to a shoot. As an extra on top of my Day Rate, I supply the complete system for just £350 per day. Follow this link for more details – Drone Kit
We have just taken delivery of the latest DJI Inspire 2 with the ground breaking 5.2K resolution X5S camera system has arrived! Follow this link for more details – Inspire 2Inspire 2
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I come with approval from the CAA (Civilian Aviation Authority) to fly drones up to 7kg, and have been granted ‘Permissions for aerial work’. I have Public Liability Insurance, and have completed the relevant CAA approved training scheme. In short that means I’m legally able to provide footage in the UK to be used for commercial use in the UK and abroad.
My most recent flights have been on Channel 4’s Grand Design House of the Year series, which really is made for aerial filming. I’ve shot on over 5 of the episode and they have been simply blown away with the result. Mainly down to the fact the Inspire 2 is a more cost effective, fast set up, and has longer flying times than the big Octocopters. Wrapped around the fact as a Cameraman I can tick two boxes; one for providing Cameraman shooting duties and two as Drone pilot for a lot less than employing two separate people. I have also worked for the BBC series Trust me I’m a Doctor and Discovery Canada to name just a few. I have found a lot companies offering aerial videos mostly come from a hobby background and don’t really understand how to produce usable footage for TV. For instance having a ‘cameraman’s eye’ when composing shots, how to produce a sequence or how to pre-visualize shots so saving time in the air.
First; you need to be aware of flight restrictions and places you can’t fly, such as near Airports, Central London, Nuclear Power Stations and Military sites to name just a few! Power pylons can be another problem along with wind farms. It may be possible to get around some of these by applying to the CAA for special approval. Call and we can explain what this involves.
Imagine a 50 metre bubble around the Drone, unless you have permission from the Land/Property Owner you will need to keep the bubble clear of people, structures or vessels you may be filming including flying overhead.
For congested areas or open air events such as concerts with more than 1000 people you can not fly over or within 150 metres.
Its probably best if you call me with your what you have in mind and I can quickly give you a heads up on what to do.
The weather is another key factor, think of a Drone like your Macbook Pro. You wouldn’t take that out in the wind, rain or snow; the same applies to a electronically sensitive Drone. So take into account possible cancellation or delay in shooting due to the sunny UK climate!
Here’s a link to the CAA site for more information.CAA Info
Word of warning– Be aware the CAA have been contacting Production Companies who transmit footage which has be gained using Drones to ensure they comply with CAA regs. They have the authority to fine, stop any further transmission and take further legal action if its proved the Drone Pilot did not carry the relevant ‘Permissions for Aerial Work’.