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Cow Robots – a Promotional Film for DeLaval

Cow Robots – a Promotional Film for DeLaval

This week we have mostly been filming Cow Robots. Yes you ready that correctly, although you probably have conjured up a different image than you were supposed to. A company called DeLaval asked us to create some promotional films for them that would showcase their VMS system, basically robots that milk cows. We spent the whole week travelling up and down the country visiting farmers that have installed the system as well as visiting farms that use DeLaval’s parlour milking system. This is the resulting film. It’s what we call an ‘Interview’ based film where the main narrative of the film is taken from the dialog we captured talking to real customers of DeLaval. We used these interviews and a combination of ground and aerial filming to create a promotional film that would be displayed on DeLaval’s stand in an exhibition at the NEC. If you would like to talk to us about creating a promotional video for your company or product, please get in touch and we can talk about the various...
Aerial Filming in Cardiff Castle – Aerial Photography Wales

Aerial Filming in Cardiff Castle – Aerial Photography Wales

We were asked to create a promotional film a few weeks ago for the the National Museum of Wales. They were holding an event by the Welsh National Opera in the museum and we were asked to create a short film showcasing the day. We covered the event with multiple cameras and created an interview based film that will be posed shortly. For the opening sequence of the film I suggested that we try and get come aerial filming done of the museum as this always gives the promo film that added production value. After liaising with Cardiff Council’s film unit they suggested that the best place to fly from that will allow us to adhere to the minimum distance rules would be the grounds of Cardiff Castle and Bute Park. We got to the Castle at sunrise so that it was still closed to the public and managed to grab some fantastic shots for the promotional film. While we were there we took the opportunity to grab some aerial photographs of the Cardiff and the castle. Here are some of the...
Aerial Photography within Controlled Airspace

Aerial Photography within Controlled Airspace

Today we are taking some photographs of the incredible Fonmon Castle, just outside Cardiff in South Wales. The bride and groom, Rebecca and Leigh asked us to capture some aerial images of the venue during their wedding day. Before any aerial photography commission, it is standard practice for us to carry out several safety checks before we are happy the flights can be made safely. The first of which is an ‘Offsite Survey’ which involves Google Earth, Ordinance Survey maps and a website called Skydemonlight.com. Sky Demon shows us in detail all of the controlled and restricted airspace in the UK and it will tell us if the location lies within either of them. For Fonmon Castle the initial Google Earth search showed us that there was probably no need to head over the Skydemonlight.com. It was clear that the venue was VERY close to the end of the runway at Cardiff Wales Airport and obviously within the Cardiff CTA (Controlled Airspace). Cardiff Air Traffic Control have written detailed procedures on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) within their controlled airspace and welcome phone calls to the tower requesting permission to fly within it. I called the tower and explained when I was intending to fly, the type of aircraft I was going to use and gave details of the location, distance and height that I’d like to fly at. Also I gave details of my CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Permission for Aerial Work. This is a legal requirement in order to operate UAVs professionally.It isn’t a legal requirement to have the CAA license to fly a drone...
An Early Bath – An incredible shoot in Bath City Centre.

An Early Bath – An incredible shoot in Bath City Centre.

It was a very early start for us this week as we were asked to do some aerial filming in Bath city centre. We knew it was going to be cold but we all underestimated just how cold it was going to be. Whilst we were unloading the equipment, the van gave the temperature of -5 degrees! If there had been any brass monkeys about, they would have been in trouble. Obviously because the aerial filming was going to be in the town centre, we had to work closely with Bath City Council whilst selecting the safest place to fly from. We found a small park called Parade Gardens. It was adjacent to the river and next to the (empty) Bath rugby stadium so we had plenty of room to fly. The main problem that can occur when flying in these temperatures is battery performance. When a Lipo battery gets cold, it’s discharge life is a lot quicker so we made sure we had a stack of them in order to get the footage we needed. We were mainly shooting aerial video in Bath but we managed to capture a couple of images whilst we were doing it. Here is one from just after sunrise....
Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme – Cardiff, South Wales

Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme – Cardiff, South Wales

Aerial photographs of the Radyr Weir Hydroelectric Scheme. Dawnus Construction Limited. Cardiff, Wales We were asked to take photos of something a little different this week. Dawnus Construction Limited is a large civil engineering and construction company with their head office in Swansea, South Wales. They were commissioned by the Cardiff Council Energy Department to build the new Hydro-Electric power station at Radyr Weir, just on the outskirts of Cardiff. We had actually filmed at the site with the drones a few weeks earlier for a BBC documentary but we were concentrating on the River Taff and were unaware of the scale of the project that Dawnus were working on. The main focus of the day’s filming was the installation of the two colossal Archimedes Turbine Screws. We were asked to capture some aerial photographs of the screws as they were being lifted into place. I wasn’t aware what an Archimedes Screw was so a quick ‘Google’ was needed to research the job. The resulting figures are mind boggling. Each screw is capable of a throughput of 4000 litres of water per second and between them they will ultimately be providing Cardiff with 1.6GWh of renewable energy per year. The guys at Dawnus are working to a very tight schedule as the deadline for the screws to start producing power is the 18th December. The site has been running 24 hours, 7 days a week to get the job finished in time. Their professionalism and knowledge of the project was clear to see and it was a pleasure working with a company such as this. Once the project is finished, Cardiff Council Energy Department...
Busy times for Aerial Photography Wales.

Busy times for Aerial Photography Wales.

This time of year we are playing ‘cat and mouse’ with the weather but in between showers we have been able to capture some incredible aerial films of the trees in all their autumn colours. Last week we spent two days filming the entire length of the river Taff. From Pen y fan to Cardiff Bay for a series soon to be shown on the BBC. We found previously undiscovered (by us at least)  stretches of the river that truly show how beautiful parts of the UK can be. If you get a chance, try the walk that leads to the Upper Neuadd Reservoir, around 5 miles from Talybont-on-Usk. It really is spectacular. Myself and my camera operator made the trek this week and spend a few hours flying around the mouth of the Taff and filming the valley that forms at the source of the river. The footage was great and we’re looking forward to seeing it on the BBC soon. This was the second time this month that our crews were asked to film for a BBC series. The first being Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience for the Bafta award winning production company Zipline Creative. We spent a couple of days in the Ffos-y-fran open cast mine in Merthyr capturing some aerial footage for the episode to be shown in Feburary. It was a privilege to work with Rhys and Nathan of Zipline and we immensely enjoyed the shoot. Being able to film giant trucks, enormous diggers and even EXPLOSIONS in a colossal quarry is surely every 10 year old boy’s dream. Oh and did I mention the explosions!?...