Drone shots performed by Cineflite will be featured on tonights episode of Floating Homes on More4. The series follows the trials and tribulations of brave families as they build homes on water. During the making of the first episode Cineflite worked with the production team to showcase the home and the surrounding area. It airs this Thursday 15th September at 9pm on More4.
To celebrate the groundbreaking for the future home of Concorde we were given the honour of filming the whole event from the air. Over 200 people turned up to be filmed on the grounds of the new Bristol Aerospace Centre as they formed a to scale outline of that most British of icons, Concorde.
Earlier this month we were sailing off Cardigan Bay in West Wales filming for the BBC Countryfile Spring Special. Despite winds gusting up to 27 mph, occasional rain and a two metre swell we took off and landed from the small fishing boat to capture some great shots of presenter Ellie Harrison and her team out at sea.
When we were asked in 2014 to film the construction of a new building from start to finish from the air we immediately loved the idea. Film maker, Tim Richardson, from There4Productions headed the project to follow the construction of a massive new factory for furniture manufacturer Herman Miller.
Yesterday DJI announced their latest product, a fully integrated handheld gimbal for their X3 and X5 cameras called Osmo. Its a neat bit of kit and is bound to be a hit with existing inspire owners as well as a new customers who don’t even fly DJI drones. However, speaking with DJI managers at the event we managed to elicit some hints of what could be announced next – perhaps before Christmas, or early next year.
We discovered that DJI engineers are currently working on extending the Osmo, or an Osmo-like device, to deliver intuitive motion control of gimbals while mounted on drones. The Osmo handle already follows hand movements precisely enough to control the gimbal, and so replacing the physical connection with a wireless one would be a simple step. This could be done via WiFi to either the gimbal mounted on the drone, or more likely via the pilots controller.
This is by no means a new idea. In April this year Freefly released their Mimic device to do just this, and although it hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire, as an intuitive way to film from the air it’s a far superior method than using transmitter joysticks.
Each remote camera operators at CineFlite were first ground camera operators and had to learn to shoot aerials without the physical feedback they get holding a camera. Giving them a device connected to a monitor that relays its movements directly to the drone-mounted gimbal would make doing things like tracking high speed moving objects a breeze, opening up an entirely new avenue of creativity.
Such an Osmo-like device would work great with the Inspire. But the real question is would it also work with DJI’s Zenmuse range of gimbals, opening up natural motion control of a Panasonic GH4 or Sony A7s! Probably unlikely, given how DJI have been ignoring their professional end products lately – but that’s the subject for my next post.
On September 28th DJI made their latest new product announcement which they are calling Reimagine Movement. On the same day CineFlite was invited to attend the live event which will take place 5pm on October 8 at the Gallery in Bank End London. Although guests don’t get get any more information about what exactly their new product is, we think we have a good idea.
In what is believed to be a world first, CineFlite pilot Jack Johnston was able to film nesting herons up-close using a quadcopter drone. The aerial filming, commissioned by the One Show on BBC 1, hoped to discover more about a siege of herons nesting in a secret location near Oxford for 20 years, but which remains innaccasable from the ground. Records show the herons come back year after year to nest in the same place but, located 100ft high and in dense forest, their behaviour remained a mystery.
For this years BBC WinterWatch ptarmigans weren’t the only thing that could be seen flying in the sky over the Scottish Highlands. During the week-long show CineFlite pilot Jack Johnston was filming aerial shots to give audiences a birds-eye view of the freezing landscape. There were many great moments caught from the air, with original shots featured each day as well as appearing in the opening and closing credits of the show. It was first time WinterWatch has featured drone filming like this but based on the positive response we really hope to be able to bring you more wildlife aerial footage in the future.
This past Saturday 29 November CineFlite was in the skies over Rye in Sussex filming scenes from the upcoming new period crime biopic The Fall of the Krays. The film is the sequel to The Rise of Krays, both films being shot back-to-back, and telling the rise and fall of the notoriously violent 1960s criminal brothers, the Krays. With unseasonably clear skies, sunshine and low wind for late November offering ideal flying conditions, we were able to capture some great shots of the action on Pett Beach coastline and nearby Camber Castle.