Had a great day at Cawdor Castle getting some aerial filming and ground shots of the Castle for Gordon of WOW Scotland. A beautiful Castle near Nairn in Scotland.
Had a great few days working with this team again and this time in Dorset and in the sun. Great we all know each other as it makes the working a lot easier. John made some amazing dishes which we always get to taste and we visited some lovely spots.
Was using my GH5 and steady cam for a lot of the filming here plus the Mavic 2 pro Drone :)
Fun time on this with director Michael and DOP Sam and myself on the DJI Inspire 2 with X7 camera shooting for this documentary/music video. Bit of filming with the band in the morning then with their landrover later. Weather played ball for us which was great:) A few screen grabs below.
Tonight at 7.30pm some of my drone work from filming on the Isle of Bute with the Syrian refugees will be on.
This was a great shoot to a new Island for me and with a great bunch of people including Ali who I filmed the most of. We also ate in Helmi’s for a lunch a brilliant Bakery/cafe run by one of the Syrian families, well worth a visit if you are there:)
The filming was organised by Caledonia TV in Glasgow who I have done quite a bit of drone work for over the years:)
A few days ago Glenmore Lodge released the Surf Champs 2018 film. This was a great fun day up in Thurso on the North Coast of Scotland filming teenagers to folk in their fifties surf Kayaking. Great atmosphere and fun to watch and to film. Pretty fun drone flying too. Trying to get close but not get wave spray on my drones:) I used my DJI Inspire 2 with X7 Camera and the Mavic 2 pro. And used all of the combined 27 batteries haha.
Little teaser film I made for the British Kayak Surf champs for Glenmore Lodge and the British Kayak Surf association. I think the full film will be out next week or so:) This was a lot of fun with the drone. I flew every battery on two drones to empty haha. Thats 27 batteries:)
Spent five days with Andrew and Mark from Beluga Lagoon films on the North coast of Scotland as they cycled from Jon O’Groats to Cape Wrath on a tandem bicycle.
It was a week of mixed weather and a variety of landscapes and fun from lots of fog to sunshine, broken chains, dinner in a cave, boat trips, camping wild and swimming in the North Atlantic:)
To break up the cycling a bit we got into my mate Dougs boat and went out to see the North Coast as seen from the sea and get a look at the massive rugged cliffs out there.
A few pics from the week below:) It will appear on BBC iplayer later in the year as one of three adventures with this pair. Check out Beluga Lagoon on facebook to see other films by Andrew:)
This past summer I was invited onboard 'Ocean Swift'. A boat entirely built by a mate JT (John Taylor) and his Dad. As in he even built an oven to ben the glass windows to fit!!
During this week at see every single place I saw was new to me, even where we left from on the main land:)
Joining us onboard was the Wildlife filmmaker Andrew O'Donnell Of Beluga Lagoon (who filmed this wee trailer with myself) and his mate Mark and then Zoe who is an Antarctic person like myself and JT. We traveled out to St Kilda on his Catamaran via, corrievreckan whirlpools, Mull, Staffa, Uist, Monarch Isles, etc. On St Kilda we had three mates working there so it was good to see them and see the spectacular island:)
Longer film to come when I get a moment to my own projects:)
So Winterwatch and the rest of the watches come to the Cairngorms for the year and I am lucky enough to get the aerial filming contract for the series:)
This was a great week as the crew and presenters are all superb people and a good crack.
Had a great week working on a Casio online advert with Warren from Casio and several other mates:). Warren outlined his story and then we bounced it back and forward between us to fill it in with locations extra ideas transitions etc.
We were challenged by the weather this time after doing an advert back in march where we had perfect weather. This time we chased round the country with some long days out and about and winds up to 60mph and rain, sleet, snow, hail and fortunately some sun to keep us thinking. We got there though:)
Selection of behind the scenes pics above by Iain Rudkin (out with us to capture the mountain biking on Monday www.iainrudkin.com), Will Copestake (Out with us to capture the kayaking on Wednesday www.willcopestakemedia.com) and a couple from my iPhone and one from the drone:)
Thanks to Jess Creber for biking abilities while carrying a wee one inside and Joe Kirk for a bit of biking and lapping big waterfalls in his kayak for the camera:)
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.
Click the right side of the image to scroll through the three shots:)