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.
Below is a completed edit of Kokoda Properties, Chester development at Newstead. We worked along side a great team of creatives and supplied all aerial imagery from both drone and helicopter which included high resolution panoramics, render backplates and aerial video.
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