Last week, we got a very exciting call here at Flyweight HQ. A local production company asked if we could come and film some footage for a feature length movie being filmed right here in Essex. Well, before you could say “Buck Rogers” we were already planning our Oscar awards speeches and looking for a house in the Hollywood Hills. Who wouldn’t want to work on a movie? As drone pilots, movie filming has got be just about the most glamorous gig ever. (Actually, we love all of the jobs we undertake, but working on a movie is definitely a cool thing to do on a wet weekend in Essex).
We had been asked to take some digital video footage of the films protagonist making a run for it through the countryside. Without giving away too much about the film, he was being chased, hard and fast, by creatures from beyond the grave! Spooky!
On location days like these, it is vital that we have researched the area and are aware of any no fly zones or other restrictions. This particular scene was being filmed in deepest darkest Essex, on a strip of private land, meaning once we’d had checked with our airman charts we were able to get her there and get set up for the day.
As with all of our projects, we listened intently to the directors plans for the scene, and how best he wanted the footage to be filmed. It is our job to deliver the footage in the way that our clients envisage them, so we worked with him to plan the very best way to get the shots he wanted, whilst still being able to film safely and within the CAA regulations.
After a few run throughs, our drones were in the air and ready to film. We used our biggest drone, our Yuneec Tornado H920 CGO4 on the day, complete with a 4k camera. This gave us the highest levels of flexibility available without compromising on picture quality. We discussed all the needs of the actors and those involved in the shoot, and of course, gave them a quick safety run through to ensure that no damage was caused to either the drones or the superstars of the show.
Being an action movie with supernatural baddies, the special effects department were busy creating gruesome delights. Once we were set up, we sat back to watch their handiwork take shape.
Before we knew it, our drone was chasing the hero through the countryside, dipping low and wide. Our drone operators were able to see the footage via a live feed on their handheld controllers, and pass the data onto the Director by means of the ground station unit.
A short time later, we have the footage locked down and done. The Director was really impressed with how effective and cost efficient it is to film using drones. No need for ground crew, expensive dolly systems or multiple camera operators. Our self contained unit also means we just turn up in our customised vehicle and are ready to roll.
We can’t show you too much of the footage, but here is a sneaky peak of a zombie girl taken from our stills.
Here at Flyweight Filming, our experienced and professional drone operators have plenty of experience when it comes to filming all sorts of footage. From film work and promotional videos, through to 3D mapping and arial surveying projects, we can help. You can find out more about the services we offer here, or call us on 01277 200455 today.