Oh yes, you can! Not very many years ago, if you wanted to shoot an aerial video for whatever purpose, be it to demonstrate a product, show a view of a building or an estate, or for any other purpose, there was only one way to do it. Hire a helicopter or another light aircraft and shoot the video from that.
Of course, that could be horrifically expensive. Suppose you want to charter a helicopter for a 30-minute flight over London to go sightseeing? An AS350 which seats six is quoted as “from” £1,950. If you are going to be shooting an aerial film, you might need it for a couple of hours at least!!
However, today at Slamm Productions we have our own “helicopters”. They are called UAVs – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – otherwise known as drones, and they are a lot cheaper than a helicopter!
Our latest UAV’s are extremely stable, even when the wind is gusting, and provide a very stable platform to shoot film from. We can shoot aerial videos, aerial stills, and aerial 360° panoramas. These UAVs can fly fast, track subjects, and perform a host of other functions.
Of course, not just anyone can fly a drone. You have to have a trained pilot who knows how to fly the drone to get the best shots. He also has to be fully insured and be certified by the CAA. It is illegal to fly a drone for paid work unless he is. Fortunately, at Slamm Productions we have such a pilot. He flies our DJI Inspire in areas where there is plenty of room, and we shoot in 4K. For aerial video production in more confined areas, or even indoors, we use a much smaller Mavic Air which also shoots in 4K. We also know how to check areas for suitability and how to get permission to fly in restricted areas more often than not.
Using some aerial shots in your ground-based video can give that “big-budget” feel to your production and impress your viewers beyond measure. If you click on the Aerial link at the top of the page you can see some examples of aerial videos that we have shot, and which will give you a feel for the sort of things that we can do. Give us a call or click on the Contact link at the top of the page to discuss your ideas.