Rekord were assigned to produce a 45 second video to be shown on a large projector at the Landscape Institute Awards of LHC Architecture's amazing work with Clinton Devon Estates of the Rolle Estate Office and the housing development at Greenway Lane in Budleigh. Rather than some projecting a simple still image that everyone else did at the award ceremony, the drone allowed us to create a cinematic video and showed in detail the work of LHC and get to heights to show the stunning sea view at Greenway Lane.
We knew this was going to be projected onto a large screen so it was essential to film and render in 4K to maximise the detail. One of my favourite shots was at the Rolle Estate Office and flying my drone under a gap in the branches to create a 'reveal' effect. A drone isn't just about flying as high as you can, but with a small drone and the steady camera on it allows you to fly low to the ground and extremely steady slow. You wouldn't be able to achieve this shot with a big video camera or a larger drone because you'll move the branches too much. I don't tend to fly very high with the drone as it is the law to keep the drone in 'visual line of sight', however the final shot required flying high enough to get the housing development and the sea around Budleigh in the shot.
It is always important to pre-plan all drone flights to make sure you're not flying in any 'no-fly-zones' and often on the coast in Devon and around Exeter there is a lot of para-gliders that set up a notice to warn you of their activity. This pre-planning stage usually takes an hour unless there are more complications and Rekord have to contact a nearby airport. Planning is an essential part of the drone filming and it is a legal requirement to have a pre-flight document.
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