Shooting in first and last light is really the best way to make a scene epic.
We recently captured an epic sunrise shooting for a development in Palm Beach, Northern NSW.
We traveled from Brisbane to shoot the sunset, stay the night and shoot the sunrise as well. This gave us the opportunity to shoot during the best hours of the day.
We shot the clip below on our Inspire 1 drone, one of our mid-level products. We also offer the Inspire 2 and the Matrice 600 Professional. The Matrice is able to lift pretty much any camera of your choosing – making matching aerial and ground footage a pleasure.
Meet the latest member of the Aerial Advantage team. The DJI Matrice M600 Professional.
This newly released drone has triple-redundant GPS systems, ideal for operating in high ‘electronic noise’ environments. This also allows us to position the camera exactly where it is required and hold more accurately that any pre-existing system on the market.
It also has dual motor signal redundancy and can lose a motor in flight and still land safely.
It is powered by 6 individual flight packs. This allows it to safely land in the event of a catastrophic battery failure.
In short, this drone will allow us to lift the camera of your choice, up to a red or Arri mini and put it where you want it as safely as possible.
It also has a high-definition video downlink with SDI out – ideal for live broadcasts.
Give us a call today to have a chat about what we can achieve with this amazing tool for you!
We recently were contracted by Hoyne. Property Marketing Specialists, to supply the raw marketing material for their latest project.
SunCentral Maroochydore – estimated to add an $4.4 billion dollars to the Sunshine Coast economy over the life of the project, is destined to be the new Maroochydore CBD.
Being built on the land of The Horton Park Golf Club, the 53 Hectare development was completely cleared by the time we came to shoot the drone backplate renders.
This made achieving low angle photography with the drone very straight forward – we did not have to worry about existing trees or buildings obstructing the drone, or having to be removed from the render back plates.
Operating on a cleared site also allowed us to capture multiple positions at dusk. Usually, because of the 7 – 10 minute window where the light ‘pops’, only one or two positions can be safely be shot.
While the drone team was shooting the low-level aerial photos, we simultaneously shot the helicopter render backplate photography. This resulted in matching light and colour across the set of photos.
The second component that Hoyne required, was high altitude video of the site. In order to capture the best possible footage, we came to the decision that the GSS 516 Gimbal mounted on a Jet Ranger would be the best option.
This provided ultra-stable footage that could easily be motion tracked, and have 3D models dropped into the footage.
For more examples of the finished renders head to the Hoyne Website where they have completed an overview of the project. We are looking forward to seeing the completed video CGI work and will share once it has been completed.
Last August we were contracted to shoot aerials for Freddy Flintoff’s new television show – Freddy Fries Down Under. Originally aired in the UK on Channel 4, Freddy Fries Down Under is currently airing in Australia on Channel 10.
The show follows the journey of Freddy Flintoff as he travels around Australia frying up a storm. The travelling theme of the show meant that the aerials that were sought after were mostly car/food-van tracking shots and establishing shots. This meant we needed to provide a multi-location, multi-camera platform solution.
The solution that ended up being the best balance of full coverage, while still fitting within budget limitations; was a combination of drones, helicopters and camera platforms. The projects multiple components were:
a three-hour shoot over the Great Barrier Reefs in a Jet Ranger helicopter, using a Shotover F1 gimbal and Sony F55 with an Arri Alura 18-80mm.
a five-hour shoot from the Gold Coast in a Squirrel helicopter using a Cineflex V14 gimbal.
a two-hour shoot from Melbourne in a Robinson R44 helicopter using our custom-built helicopter gyro rig.
and a one day shoot in the Gold Coast region using our Inspire 1 drone.
All shooting was completed over the course of 2 weeks working around both poor weather and helicopter availability. It was a great project to be involved with and it is fantastic to see the show finally being aired on Australian TV.
When looking for solutions to bring your production to the next level don’t hesitate to contact us, as tailoring a solution to fit your budget and fulfil your needs is our speciality.
As of the 28th of September 2016 CASA is proposing to introduce new drone regulations that will make amendments to the existing regulations to make it easier to operate a smaller drone commercially within Australia. Although there has been widespread media coverage of the upcoming proposed regulations the finer details have been lacking and certainly need clarification in the marketspace, we have listed a few more details on the new regulations that we feel have been ignored in the general media and what it might mean to you as a someone wishing to contract an operator to undertake some drone work.
So what does this really mean to you the contractor?
If you hire somebody to do drone work for you and they only have the sub 2kg certification. You will not only be limited by where and when they can fly it but you will be limited to a much smaller camera with lower quality video and low megapixel still images with no lens options other than what the drone comes with. You may also engage a less experienced operator with limited experience no formal training and possibly no insurance.
Why hire a more experienced,certified and insured operator like us?
We have been CASA certified for over 4 years now and been in the aerial photography business for the last 10 years. We are not hobbyists, we are professional photographers and cinematographers with wide industry experience and specialise in Aerial Photography and cinematography wether it be from drone or manned helicopter. Although we sometimes use smaller craft below 2 kg for our budget product we also have a complete fleet of 5 drones that will suit any aerial job you can imagine with larger drones that will accomodate Professional digital SLR cameras up to 80mp and cinema cameras with a host of lenses to suit and a professional and experienced team we can accomodate any aerial job big or small.
This video is a compilation of some filming that we recently did of Surfers Paradise on the Beautiful Gold Coast in Queensland Australia. The video includes Q1, Hilton Hotel, and the magnificent Soul development Shot just on sunset and last light it makes for a spectacular footage. What a beautiful place.