We were called by advertising agency Pace Media to provide them with aerial shots for a bingo commercial.
The location was Gunpowder Park near Epping Forest in North London.
We were shooting on top of a grassy mound in a big open space overlooking trees and fields beyond, it felt like London was a long way away!
The weapon of choice was our heavy-lift octocopter MovieHook, as we were shooting with a RED Scarlet camera. To save weight and minimise camera size, we strip RED cameras to their minimum and power them with our own Li-Po batteries through a custom-made cable.
The story involved an actress running with a butterfly net and trying to catch a bingo ball masquerading as a butterfly, to win a £55 bonus through the website.
We performed a number of different tracking and jibbing moves including a diagonal descent which starts wide as the actress enters frame, then enlarges her as we descend and move towards her. This was to be the opening shot in the advert.
Our favourite shot came when we had to give the point-of-view of the butterfly as the actress tried to swat at us. We circled her at different radius and heights, which gave Chris a nice challenge, trying to keep her in centre of frame!
We performed a big upwards jib looking down on the actress, which was to be the closing shot of the advert.
Just as we landed after a good take, the skies dealt us an unbelievable hail storm, so we covered the kit and headed to the cars to sit it out. It was 2 hours until we could get shooting again, but we managed to get all our shots and more before wrap time.
It was great to be on set with such a solid crew, and planning aerial shots with actors is something we look forward to much more of in the future! It was also our first experience of shooting material to have CGI added later.
Click below to see the advert itself, which is now showing on ITV.
Here’s a Behind-the-Scenes video of the day. Thanks to Pace for putting this together!
Looking forward to working with Pace Media, Jordan Cushing and James Leckey again.