The year started with an international shoot in Nauru, or as the locals call it – ‘The Pleasant Island.’ We were commissioned by an Indian company – Sterling and Wilson to shoot photos and video of two newly installed 3MW Generators and the associated Switchgear. This was one of their most challenging projects from a logistical standpoint and they wanted to document the finished product. We traveled over with two drones (redundancy) and our ground camera gear. We stayed at ‘Budapest Hotel’ located on the opposite side of the country to the location of the newly installed power station. The trip around the entire coast of Nauru can be made in 20 minutes, we figured a 10-minute commute to the site was reasonable.
Panorama of Nauru captured by drone
Over the course of the year, we have done many drone shoots for Television Commercials. Our Inspire 2 drone with the X5S camera system gives production companies the versatility they desire with high bit rate footage that cuts in with RED ground-based cameras very nicely. Shooting all over SEQ and northern NSW for Isuzu, we have had the pleasure of working in some of the regions most spectacular locations, with some incredibly talented directors, producers, and precision drivers. Not to mention the rest of the huge crew required to create these engaging and emotive commercials. Below are some screen grabs from a few of our shots posted on the Isuzu Ute Youtube channel.
This year we have also been involved in many film shoots that require large gimbals mounted to helicopters. We have utilised the Shotover F1, GSS and Cineflex Elite. Each of these helicopter gimbal systems has their pros and cons, however the Cineflex Elite stood out to us a great gimbal that could travel relatively easy, and also has the pedigree and capabilities that our clients require for high-end film work. In August we took the leap, traveling to California in the United States to purchase our own system to have in-house. Equipped with an Arri M, this is the first 5 – axis gimbal system in QLD to support 4K video output. We are also working on some research and development of the system that we will be excited to share more on in the near future.
Our Cineflex Elite with Arri M & Canon 30-300mm Lens
A helicopter gimbal job that stood out this year was a television commercial we shot working together with Brisbane’s’ Brother and Co and Cartel for the University of Southern Queensland. This TVC required very precise orthographic shots in a variety of locations with a Gimbal Operator(Anthony), DOP, Director, Camera Assistant and Client on board the helicopter. Below are some frame grabs from this 30-sec cut that was the initial release from the ‘Become more’campaign.
This year we also achieved another milestone for our drone ops in Brisbane CBD, successfully being granted permission from CASA and Air Services to operate above 400ft to take view perspective view photography for the new residential tower – The One, located in the new Brisbane Quater development. This approval process was very involved and took over 6 weeks, however flying the drone legally at over 700ft AGL in Brisbane CBD was worth the effort. For this Job we also shot a 360-degree panorama of the top level at dusk with the helicopter, doing this with a drone with the current regulations would not have been achievable. Below are some of the images that were captured from the drone and heli.
Dusk Panorama Shot in a Robinson R44 Helicopter
Drone – Recently Completed W Hotel.
Drone – Flying high over the CBD
We were also lucky to be involved with shooting render back-plate and spherical panoramas for Brisbane’s new Queens Wharf development. We shot on a stunning evening where 1 William Street lit up, looking absolutely spectacular! Below is one of the frames from a spherical panorama that was captured.
This year our work has spanned most of the country. Whether it was shooting 6K Shotover F1 helicopter gimbal footage of the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, drone video of agricultural equipment being offloaded at Fremantle Port in Western Australia or 450MP Spherical panoramas for Virtual Reality in Victoria, clients are happy to send us great distances if it means getting the shots they require to the standard they require, on the first shoot.
We are looking forward to the next year of challenging and exciting projects, where we continue to strive to capture stunning photos and video on time and to brief. See you on your next project.
The commercial real estate industry is fast-paced field where deadlines are tight and can change at a moments notice.
Aerial Advantage is structured in every way to be able to rapidly respond to any job request whether it be a ground, drone or helicopter shoot.
We are situated on the tarmac of Archerfield airport – a stones-throw away from the hanger where the helicopters we utilise are kept.
We have a commercial, night rated pilot on staff who knows Brisbane’s airspace like the back of his hand. This on-hand experience helps us provide accurate quotes without consulting any other businesses, allowing us to get your purchase order finalised as quickly as possible.
We have multiple full-time teams of photographers/drone pilots that are ready to shoot when the weather clears, processing your images as fast as possible -usually delivering the finished product the same or next business day.
We currently complete a myriad of different jobs on a regular basis for large commercial real estate firms like CBRE, Cushman and Wakefield and, Savills.
We were asked to come on board and help the Logan City Council to shoot and produce a video that would help showcase and document the present day situation of the Logan River.
The video was shot with a nose mounted Cineflex V14 in order to be able to best highlight the scale of the river and accentuate the development/ progress feel the council was trying to convey.
The finished video had a fast turn around- being produced and proofed within a week of shooting.
Check out the finished project here.
Here is a shot of our base of operations – Archerfield. Our office and workshop is situated airside at Archerfield Airport, which is only a five minute flight from the city. Our close proximity to the airport and city, allows us to quickly mobilise and take advantage of any good weather, even when the window of opportunity is small.
Mark Slater – our night rated helicopter pilot has thousands of hours of commercial photography experience. This expertise gives us the best chance to successfully operate in Brisbane’s busy controlled airspace, which of course encompasses the majority of Brisbane’s fastest growing suburbs.
While Brisbane skies are our home, we have strong connections in most major cities and can organise aerial operations anywhere in Australia.
We are a business built around delivering the best possible aerial imagery and motion in the fastest time possible. To see more of our work or discuss your next projected not hesitate to contact us.
Our Instagram is where you can see our latest projects and some photos we have snapped while up in the air. We shoot aerial photography and cinematography all over Brisbane and south east Queensland skies. Here is a sample of the photos posted to Instagram in the last few weeks.
Friday Flashback, This was my first aerial night shoot from a helicopter. Taken over the then new Skilled Stadium in 2008 for the season opener of the NRL season that year. Watch this space for some more exciting night shoots coming your way soon.
Call us today to find out more about our great aerial services from helicopter or drone