The video shoot for our client – the Saxons in the Meon Valley starts 1st July 2014 – but has been in planning for a number of months.
Following on from the initial brief we developed with the client a story board and outline shot list and draft script. This helped us develop a planned location shot list.
A few weeks ago (on a wet and windy day!) we spent a day on location in the Meon Valley reviewing the shot list at each location to see if what we wanted to capture was feasible. The client and ourselves were accompanied by the pilot of the UAV who will be flying an upgraded version of the aircraft we used last year when filming the inside and outside of Ely Cathedral. Details and the video can be see here.
Since that shoot major changes have been made to the aircraft especially the gimbal. The result is the ability to carry Black Magic video cameras. These provide excellent quality footage especially when combined with the improved gimbal and software controls.
The objective of location planning is to not only identify the best shots we would want to capture on the day but also for the pilot to ensure that a full pre-flying day Risk Assessment is completed. This identifies the requirements to fly safely and capture the footage we need. It also ensures we can identify what flight hazards there are and detailing all the notifications and permissions that will be required. The Civil Aviation Authority has very specific rules and regulations that have to be complied with by the pilot and/or UAV operator so that they can keep their operators licence.
During the location planning day we were able to meet all of the relevant local historical and church groups to talk to them about our plans and answer any questions they had. Everyone was fascinated about the use of the UAV to capture image of all the Churches from the air and also get shots of the local villages and River Meon.
Additional pictures from the Location Planning day can be found here.
For the last few weeks the team has been obtaining all the permissions in writing and ensuring all the various public bodies are aware of and officially notified of what we will be doing and ensuring we meet all their requirements.
We are keeping our fingers crossed on the weather as that is what the pilot will have to take into consideration on the day. Despite all the planning and logistics involved we can only fly if and when the pilot says it is safe to do so.