Learn about filming with drones in the capital
Date posted: 30.09.2015
Want to find out how you can capture beautiful drone footage of London?
We gathered representatives from across the film industry last week for a seminar on filming with drones, presented in partnership with The Production Guild.
The event featured a range of presentations from leading experts in the field and introduced filmmakers to the basics of drone filming, also covering legal and logistical considerations, how to get permission and cooperate with the organisations that have a stake in London airspace, and insight on what the technology can achieve.
Interest in using this emerging technology to shoot in London has been steadily increasing, which was reflected in the high level of attendance at the event. Attendees included director Mike Leigh, location managers from projects such as Bridget Jones's Baby, Doctor Strange and Foreigner, along with representatives from Warner Bros. and the BBC.
Insight from aerial experts
Presenters included Angus Benson-Blair of BB Stratus, the only UK company legally able to fly in built up areas, and Emma Boswell of Helicopter Girls, who both talked about what drones can do and the planning process. Andrew Pavord of Film Fixer discussed the brand new application process for commercial use of drones when filming in London, while Simon Hayden of Skywork and Phil Conrad of Photodrones revealed plans to form a new guild for drone operators. Other speakers included Emma Pill, location manager for Spectre, and representatives from the Metropolitan Police Film Unit and Civil Aviation Authority.
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