On a March weekend that felt like June, we were up and out early on our way to East Grinstead. We joined director David Garcia and the Zenith Cinematography team to help shoot the launch advert for a new luxury cosmetics brand which uses real gold leaf in its products.
Our first location was a picturesque manor house, which incidentally is also the UK headquarters of Scientology! We would be working with a chauffeur and luxury Jaguar for the shots here.
We set up outside in the sun while the rest of the crew prepped for their ground shots with the actress.
Our first shot involved tracking back at eye level as the car pulled away from the house, then jibbing up and away to reveal the beauty of the house and grounds beyond. This sort of shot is where a 2 man aerial crew comes into its own, allowing precise flight of the octocopter and complex camera movements to be made at the same time.
Click below to see the shot itself, and the workings behind it:
After a few variations of the first shot we packed up and headed to location two – Wier Wood Reservoir, a few miles down the road. This place was cool – the moody light of the tree-lined car park contrasted with the huge, calm, sun-lit reservoir beyond.
Magic Hour! With the limited time of shooting at this part of the day, we arranged the shot which involved tracking over the moving car, then up and over the tree line to show the dusky lake scene beyond. As we continued our ascent, the parallax changed to open up the view of the lake extending into the distance.
Click below for the shot:
As night set in, we made good use of our navigation lights for the final shot: aircraft stationary over the forest to give a bird’s eye view of the Jaguar driving along the rough track.
A wonderful shoot with stunning locations.