The day started at 8.30am at Titchfield Abbey before it opened to the public. After a quick call to notify all local flying schools, airports and military aircraft we took off to capture the Abbey, Titchfield itself and views down to Titchfield Haven and up the Valley.
It was then onto St Peter’s Church in Titchfield to capture it and the village and the surrounding countryside.
After that it was on to Curdridge Primary School and its Church where we showed the children what the UAV looked like and explained how it worked. We were also able to let them see it flying in the Church yard from the safety of their school playing fields.
We then moved onto Corhampton Church where we had a challenge filming through the 1,000 year old Yew and other tree cover.
While at Corehampton members of the South Downs National Park Authority attended a meeting with the ‘Friends of Corehampton Church’ and the ‘Saxons in the Valley Group’.
We then moved on to St Andrew’s Church in Meonstoke.
The final shot of a long day was on the Meon Valley Trail where we took shots at the sidings at Droxford and the old station at West Meon. At West Meon we took two shots – one travelling along the old railway track and the other a high level shot looking along the trail in the distance.
What has been fantastic is the support of all the local Church and Historical Society members and others from the public who have helped us maintain safety in this shoot by following our instructions and staying within the areas we identified as being safe.
Tomorrow – as they say – is another day – a day we will start filming at Butser Hill nice and early so we can avoid the worst of any high winds.