Ely Cathedral – Aerial Filming

Focus produced a promotional video for Ely Cathedral using a UAV camera for filming inside and outside of the building.

We were asked to create an internal and external aerial video of Ely Cathedral (or to give it’s full name the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity) to act as a marketing tool to help attract visitors and also support fund raising. 

Ely was founded in the C7th.  The building that can be seen today dates back to the C11th.  It became a Cathedral in the early C12th.  Until the Reformation in the C16th it was known as the  Church of St Etheldreda and St Peter.  After the Reformation it was renamed the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely.

To capture the views fully we decided to use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) externally and internally especially the Octagonal Tower.  As the Cathedral is a public space we had to work to create safe flying spaces that maximised the separation of flight paths and visitor routes.  We had to clear filming with a number of authorities and follow all the standard rules and regulations. 

The result was a short video that could be used by the Church Authorities as part of their external communication program.