Whirlycams and the joy of flying.

January 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

 

Oh my. So I now have a drone. 

I have never really been into filming. My Canon 5d3 can film, I had just never flicked the switch over to even try filming. It has always been about the photos.

Well, now I have a drone. A Multirotor. A Quadcopter. A UAV (whatever that means). Call it what you will, I'll call it a Whirlycam.

 

I work on a boat in the South of France. The Captain of the boat had been quoted a lot of money for an hour's worth of unedited aerial filming of his boat. He decided to offer to pay that money towards a drone for me instead. The idea is that I have until next summer to practice and get good at piloting the damn thing so I can do a whole lot more than one measly hour. 

So my entry into the filming world was one thick with learning. I had to learn about shutter speeds all over again. I had to learn about flying the damn thing. I had to learn about camera control whilst controlling the Whirly part of the Whirlycam. I had to learn a whole new set of editing skills that you need to be able to produce something watchable from new editing software.

It was a lot of learning, but man was it fun!

My very first time I took it out was a great big flat field near the river. As it turns out, the Gendarmes don't like people flying drones near their Gendarmerie. They were pretty cool about it and wanted to watch it fly for a bit longer before I had to head off to pick Elodie up from school.

I took it out with my dog (who hates it) and my daughter (who loves it) and I filmed waterfalls and lakes and crap like that. It was awesome!

Every time I fly the thing I'm scared. I'll admit that. It's a bit nerve-racking flying something that... well, flies!

So, after about 3 or 4 weeks, the stunning Autumn ended and we had our first snowfall. I thought that was a good time to release my first ever film that I'd made on my Whirlycam. Appropriately named 'Morzine in Autumn'.

I have loads more footage I wanted to put in the video, but the song I chose was too short. So there you have it. Maybe someday I'll show some b-roll footage or whatever filmer-guys call it.

 

Anyway, without further ado, here it is:

 

Morzine in Autumn. An aerial perspective. from Damian McArthur on Vimeo.

 

 

So now I have a new toy tool in my possession. One that is addictive. I'm looking forward to filling up hard drives with enough snowy footage to make a Winter edit. Then I guess comes a Spring and a Summer one too...

Stay tuned...

 


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