Today’s aerial filming has been loud, vibrant and thrilling! We’ve been to Foxhall Stadium to film the Ipswich Witches Speedway team in a do or die battle with the Newcastle Diamonds. To say it was exciting would be a massive understatement! It was neck and neck throughout the evening, but the Witches emerged victorious. To say Flyweight Filming had any part in their victory may be wildly inaccurate, but whose to say we didn’t?
As people who are fascinated with engines, massive velocity and spectacle, Speedway is right up our alley! Actually, to be honest, any petrol head would be equally as impressed with the courage, grit and motor oil that is Speedway racing.
We were delighted to be asked to visit and take some exciting aerial footage for a promotional video for their website. One of the fundamental advantages of using drone cameras is their ability to take breathtaking aerial images of the action below. Unlike conventional ground based cameras, aerial filming affords a birds eye view of the unfolding drama on the ground.
On a warm September evening, we set up base in the infield at the Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich. We arrived a good couple of hours before the meet to set up, perform our preflight checks, meet the riders and brief the staff.
Hanging out with the riders, we had a good chat with Ben Barker, a star Witch! While expertly setting up his bike, he graciously answered our nerd-like incessant questioning about his career and machine. He was more than happy to tell us all about his awesome bike, his love of speedway and team life in general. Despite a huge injury last year, he was back and firing on all cylinders! We filmed a quick interview, and he was on his way.
As the light began to fade it was time for the excitement to begin. Flood lights on, engines roaring, with the smell of petrol in the air, they were away! Sideways round the bends, dust kicking out behind them, the riders were barely inches apart. From our aerial vantage point, the action looked absolutely awesome. Nothing like a dust cloud to really enhance the spectacle. Watching riders race around 300 metres of track in under 15 seconds, sliding through corners at high speed and risking life and limb was exhilarating to film.
After an evening of fast, furious, family entertainment, watching the unhinged speed round on bikes with no brakes, it was time to call it a day. We set off with our footage in the can, feeling a little more manly for the experience.
The footage was edited the very next day and sent to the client for their approval. If you would like Flyweight Filming to come and visit your race meet, race day, stadium practise of any other sporting event, call us today on 01277 200455 or contact us to find out more.