A fun few days filming and learning about cladding, flooring, decking and how it all goes together and what wood its made from and how it is finished. Combine all these things and you have some very high quality products produced for sites all over the UK. Always interesting learning new things while filming them. Down to editing this now:) www.russwood.co.uk
I listened to a good bit of Runrig in my school days and at the dances at the Highland games. So it seemed fitting I was filming for Jack Cocker (Director). I went to school with Jack (the year above me) and haven't seen him in about 20 years and in that time he has had a few BAFTA's:) The forecast was drizzle and we didn't get rained on once and got quiet roads for filming some Runrig fans in the Northwest of Scotland. The crew were very happy with the shots.
What an experience finally stepping onboard the Ocean Swift. A boat built entirely by a mate John sat in the middle above. He even built an oven to bend the windows! It is one of the fastest catamarans of its size in the world if not the fastest. So from Crinan we made it to St Kilda in the first twenty four hours. Minus my breakfast and lunch:)
We visited some mates there and then journeyed around many other islands on the way home filming on the way and flying the drone from the back of the boat which is always exciting:) Film to follow some point.
I have always wanted to go to the Faroe Islands and it was great to be invited by the Japanese to continue with the TV program on European Islands. It is a fantastic place. A bit like Northern Skye with bigger cliffs, waterfalls and more of it:) Travelled on a Carnet with the DJI Inspire 2 and X7 Camera for this 4K TV Show. In the Faroe you must be insured but no licence required and they have their own rules which are a bit different from UK Laws. Inspiring place to film though.
A new aerial showreel for Perfect View productions from jobs working as a Drone pilot in Scotland over the past year. I had a bit of spare time this week so good to put this together. I hope you enjoy it:)
Off to Sark island with the DJI Inspire 2 and X7 Camera to be a drone pilot on a NHK Television show about European Islands. This is my fifth Job with Japanese Television, most of which have been NHK and they are great to work with. Brilliant team of folk.
Permissions were tricky here but got permission to fly from a boat no closer than 150m from the Island. Fortunately I no longer just have one set wide angle lens I have four prime lenses so I can appear much closer to a subject. One of the days I took to using the X7 Camera for a bit of steady cam cinematography on the Island and it work really well running alongside the horse and carriages (as no vehicles apart from tractors on the Island). Also managed a whole bunch of dolly shots and crane shots with it. The director was super chuffed as they had only the FS7 Mark 2 (great footage from this machine) with sticks for shooting and a bit of handheld but never quite the same as with a gimbal and a steady walking man:)
Very exciting this month as the new DJI Inspire 2 with X7 Camera with four prime lenses and all the other bits arrives at Perfect View Productions Ltd ready to up the came of the company. It is a real beast and some beautiful imagery from it hopefully in July I'll pop some of my own footage out as busy with a few jobs for Television with it first.
Spent a couple of days and a night staying in Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe. This was my great Grandads and Grandmothers housed they were the last people to live in it. So I went along with my mum and mothers cousin Helen to take a bit of footage just for a wee personal project. Was great for my mum to have slept in the same room her mother would have slept in when she was a kid.
Wave sport Kayaks are bringing out a new Touring Kayak and wanted myself to make an advert for them. So over two days we filmed it using a variety of locations. I used the Lumix GH5, go pro, steady cam rig and the DJI Mavic Pro.
I've made a good bit over 200 films for Glenmore Lodges youtube channel now. This week we did a few films on stand up paddle boards, sea kayak rolling and canoe rescues.
Two examples from the 15 films we made.
This little project came about back in January as myself and the Casio Northern UK Rep Warren Halliwell started putting together a story to film about the new CASIO Rangeman for www.casio.co.uk. It's tricky planning days for filming when you want to get up onto the Cairngorm plateau at almost 4000ft with a drone and other cameras especially so far in advance.
The day we filmed the tops of the hills only cleared for 30minutes after several hours walking in the mist on the hill. Those 30 minutes gave us our spectacular opening shots, these would be hard to repeat. (friends were out skiing on the tops all day and said that was the only time it cleared for them too. My drone filming, story telling, camera and mountain/ropework skills all came into play to bring this film to completion.
It has done well with over 434K views so far:)
Hollywood comes to Scotland for the new Pokemon film and we did the safety in many locations for them. I stepped back into my MIC (Mountain Instructor) role to join the www.mountainandwatersafety.co.uk team of which there were quite a few on this big budget feature.
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Spent a day around Speyside and the Moray Coat filming some shots for Visit Scotland. We had to hit the drone shots in-between snow and sleet showers but we got it done in the end:)
I spent a week travelling around with Angus Hudson BSC DOP, Erin Murphy (directors assistant), Julia Green (sound), and Nick Everett (Focus puller and DIT) as we filmed plate shots for Mary Queen of Scots that we shot earlier in the year. It's always a chance when you come to take winter shots for the film in the middle of winter because sometimes it might have all melted for the week. Scotland did not disappoint us and the weather was sunny, snowy, cloudy, clear everything really. We even got blizzards at sea level and it looked great.
I spent a few weeks this month searching out locations for the new Hollywood Pokemon film. Was a nice change from the usual. I drove around the country taking pictures and speaking to land owners etc. Can't reveal much really but I visited a lot of places and they will get narrowed down by the folks in London.
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