NEW 2017 AERIAL SHOW REEL LAUNCH!!!

We've been working on our new reel for 2 years with constant new projects coming up we just HAD to include and so here it is... we're super excited to show you our new 2017 show reel!

Thanks to all those who have made this last few years so so great for us. Hundreds of projects have been shot and here's just a small selection of some of our favourite moments. 

We hope you enjoy the reel as much as we enjoyed working on the projects involved to make it look so great. 

If you have any questions at all, please do call our office on 0114 2994333 or drop us an email to hello@fleye.co.uk

www.fleye.co.uk

 

FORD- Europes Greatest Driving Roads, Norway

One of the best shoots I've ever been on... that's how I left Norway and how I felt I'd leave as soon as the plane landed on the way out. 

We were delighted to be asked by Steve Sutcliffe to work with Ford once again and the new Ford GT on the series 'Europes Greatest Driving Roads'. This time, it was to be the Atlantic Road in Norway. I knew looking at pictures before going out that it was going to be stunning but didn't quite realise just how stunning till we arrived. 

The best way to experience this is really, just to watch the film. Get it full screen, turn the sound up and take a look below to see some BTS pictures from the shoot...

What a car! Take a look at some of the BTS below

 
ford gt drone filming
drone filming norway
drone filming norway
norway drone filming
Will flying the Inpsire 2 Norway
drone filming in norway

Lucas Di Grassi becomes new CEO of Roborace!

Exciting times lie ahead for the Roborace team as Formula E world chamption Lucas Di Grassi becomes the new CEO of the company.

His involvement in Roborace will help to shape the technology and the idea behind Roborace to help form driverless series in the future and help push technology to it's limits.

Having been involved with the team for so long, it's exciting to see these changes coming and we're looking forward to working with the team as they develop this year and next with Di Grassi at the helm.

Take a look at the launch video below shot over 3 days with the amazing Averner crew directed by Alex Verner.

Kit used:
DJI Inspire 2 - ProRes - 45mm Olympus
Freefly Tero
Movi Pro
RED Helium 8k
Cooke S4 primes
Preston follow focus

WE'RE HIRING!

WE ARE HIRING!

Fleye are currently seeking a FULL TIME producer / project co-ordinator to join our growing team of creatives.

About Fleye:

Fleye is an aerial film and photography specialist, certified by the Civil Aviation Authority for aerial work.

Fleye's work currently comprises of two main focuses:

Creative: We use leading helicam drone systems to lift premium cinema cameras such as the RED Epic and Arri Alexa Mini on a wide array of productions from the big screen to TV and online brand content.

Industrial: We send field operatives to site with drones and camera mast vans to survey the viability of telecoms sites. Data is turned around in house and sent to our main industrial client, Vodafone.

To see some of our previous work visit: https://www.fleye.co.uk/projects/

Job overview

Creative production:
- Creating call sheet documents for crew
- Dealing with Enquiries
- Organising shoot details with clients
- Assisting managing staff
- Updating our CRM system.

Industrial project management:
- Manage and co-ordinate field operatives
- Efficiently plan and schedule site surveys
- Handle incoming requirements from clients
- Put together pre-site survey packs for operatives to take to site
- Put together site line of site reports
- Keep running tally on client credit
- Evaluate site viability with regards to airspace, location, cost, time and resources

Our ideal candidate:

- Relevant experience in this industry is essential. We are open to a range of experiences including university degrees, vocational work placements and employment in similar creative settings.
- Ability to hit the ground running and manage multiple projects and clients at once.
- A problem solver who is proactive, driven and ultra-organised.
- Calm under pressure with strong people management and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to liaise with a range of clients, freelancers and colleagues
- Experience or ability to engage with international authorities for shoots abroad as well as in the UK.

Terms and Conditions

Salary:
£18,000 - £21,000 depending on experience.

Hours:
40 hours per week, normally Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm (plus a compulsory break for one hour)

Holidays:
28 days per year (including statutory Bank Holidays)

Term:
After a satisfactory six month probationary period this is a permanent position.

Notice:
Following completion of a successful probationary period, the notice period is 4 weeks on either side.

Pension:
After completion of a satisfactory probationary period Fleye offers a stakeholder pension, whereby contributions can be deducted from the salary. There is a 2% contribution from the Employer at present (employee contribution is at own discretion).

Employment Type:
Full-time

How To Apply:
Please send an email to will.glover@fleye.co.uk to register your interest by the 13th September 2017. Upon receipt of interest further information regarding your application process will be communicated.

We've been EXTREMELY busy - MONSTER BLOG POST! Grab a cuppa!

Hello and welcome back to the Fleye blog...

Firstly, let me start off by saying how sorry we are for not posting on our blog for so long! But worry not, in this BUMPER post I'll give you the run down of everything we have been up to since March (our last post) and include as much info and juicy pictures as possible to give you the complete low down on just what we've been up to. 

End of MARCH

Stop 1... ITALY and to the Bridgestone development track in Rome to film something super top secret. Unfortunately no pictures allowed... sad times. 

The 3 day shoot went very well, happy clients and happy team and our first proper experience with the almighty DJI Inspire 2, more to come later in this post about the I2 because we've just got our hands on the full set up. 

APRIL

Another very busy month for us with lots and lots of telecoms work. We've been pleased to launch our new telecoms arm to the business which you can check out by heading over to www.fleyeindustrial.co.uk  Our brand new rooftop solutions combined with roadside and rural telecoms survey techniques are gaining us a lot of momentum in the sector. 

It didn't stop with just the survey work though... 

We spent the month shooting plenty of content for the FA with the Inspire Pro. This was for an internal filming for the FA shooting with Chrome productions at the HQ, St Georges Park. We were shooting there on a number of occasions and captured both the women and mens England squads.

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Battling Vikings in York for Calvados with the Inspire 2!

This was a shoot for Calvados with our friend from Sarner International. The aim was to provide VFX plate shots for the team to replicate the viking boat travelling down the river with an army of other boats... pretty cool and another great experience with the Inspire 2.

drone filming in York
drone filming York

MAY

It's starting to get VERY VERY BUSY!! 

Kicking off the month talking at an IOSH safety conference held in the amazing Twickenham Stadium. Talking alongside the legendary Angus Benson-Blair from Flying Pictures was an absolute privilege and a great day for all of the delegates. 

drone safety
fleye industrial services rooftop solution

Off the back of the safety conference more telecoms work. Showcasing our rooftop survey solution to Vodafone and EE with amazing results. 

To find out more about our new telecom survey and inspection please head over to www.fleyeindustrial.co.uk to see what we can of for you.

Moving swiftly on and straight back into creative with ANOTHER big music video for Toddla T this time just Movi gimbal work shot at the infamous Ministry of Sound in London. 

We can't wait to see the results of this shoot, the rushes looked incredible. Shot on the brand new Movi Pro gimbal with the RED Epic Dragon camera - we'll share the video as soon as it's aired. 

movi filming uk

ON THE SAME WEEKEND as Toddla T, we're at Bedford autodrome and Millbrook Proving ground working with a MONSTER set up for ROBORACE. 
Finally having the chance to mount a cinema ZOOM lens on the RED Epic Carbon Dragon with RT motion remote lens control all within our Movi M15 hanging delightfully below our trusty Kopterworx Hammer X8 super heavy lift drone. 

Check this set up out...

Heavy lift drone filming UK
Freefly TERO filming UK

And here's some of the beautiful results we managed to get out of these beauties...

Straight from working with the Roborace team, we headed down to Kent with New York fashion photographer, Emma Tempest shooting in store and online content for Whistles.
We love working on fashion shoots, the fluidity of the movement and the clothing, the results always look stunning. Not to mention the location and crew house... 
Shooting on the RED Epic Carbon Dragon 6k with a Movi M15 and Canon Cine Primes topping the set up off with the RT motion remote lens control system.

heavy lift drone filming
gimbal filming UK

Straight from Kent it made a lot of sense to stay down for just one day before we travelled to Paris for the next round of the Formula E to follow the Roborace team on their debut showing of the ultimate car. What an event! 

tero filming paris
drone filming uk

I think this is probably the closest I'll ever get to driving off the pit lane and onto the circuit of an international Formula racing track. Pretty cool to be doing it with the Tero and a lovely Canon 1DX on board too! 

We filmed in Paris for the 2 day event which was a great success and probably the best public display the ROBORACE team have ever done. 

Straight off the back of Paris, and we had a couple of nice little shoots.

2 days in fields in Hull for Syngenta filming farmers and tractors gave some awesome results with our trusty DJI Inspire 1.

Straight after that and it was down to Snetterton Race Track with the Amazon Prime Series, Grand Prix Driver with the DJI Inspire 2 - what a piece of kit this little drone is proving to be. Flight times of 20+ minutes with 5.2K RAW footage!! Our clients are loving this new capability. 

A couple of rest days in the office and we were packing up our Freefly Alta for an INSANE trip to Venice with Oxford Film and TV. It was amazing to be working again with renowned DOP Tim Cragg on a feature film for Damian Hirst and his beautiful sculptures in 2 museums in Venice. 

Shooting with the Freefly Alta, Movi M10, RED Epic Dragon Carbon 6K, Zeiss Prime Lenses, Connex HD downlink and RT motion follow focus system. We're loving this set up at the moment. 

Check out some of the pictures below!

JUNE

Another 2 day break saw us heading back down to London and the beautiful Richmond Park to film for Adidas at a 10k run. Amazing weather with 10 thousand runners competing. 
Large cordons required in such a busy place... Check out a screen grab from our Shogun capturing the runners.

London drone filming

Straight from London and onto more LONDON! This time, a beauty shoot for David Morris Jewellery with the RED Helium 8k and RT motion follow focus.

Beautiful diamonds and even more beautiful models! 

Movi Filming London

2 office days to pack up to head to Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 for another awesome ROBORACE shoot at the next Formula E event. We love covering these events, such an atmosphere at the Formula E and the cars are awesome. 
Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to fly the drone at this event as the organisation had a cable cam rig following the action... mounted with a cineflex the shot's looked incredible. We can't wait to see them in the next Roborace edit which will be coming in the next few days. 

Finally, on Tuesday we shot a cool project for Jaguar and their Project 8 Car at a hillclimb in a top secret location in South Wales with the Inspire 1. Check out the film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61GIxhfUCmY

jaguar project 8 filming

That's got us up to date... at last! 

It's an exciting week for us next week with a few shoots. 1 Week Long shoot in Sicily for a Honda Marine commercial with our brand new Inspire 2 drone. Another week and a half long shoot in Halkidiki, Greece for our good friends at TUI with the Inspire 1 and lastly, a 5 day shoot in Paris for Adidas Y3 with the Movi Pro and RED Epic Dragon 6K. 

If we can, we'll write some job reviews and try to not leave it so long next time! 

Hope you've enjoyed reading and until next time...

Will 

 

When in Spain shooting for Guerlain...

We're just back from Spain after an amazing time shooting an unnamed supermodel (she does have a name... I'm just not allowed to tell you what it is)... Working with Lorenzo Cisi, the director of the Toddla T Black Jack Music video which is soon to be released on a RED Epic Dragon 6k and the Movi M15. We also took out the Inspire for some brilliant aerials of a crazy looking location...

Lorenzo in 'beast mode' holding the RED Epic 6K camera above his head getting the shots...

For this shoot we used a 3 man operation, we had Lorenzo the 'hands on' Director operating the gimbal, Guy Jenkins on the focus pulling and myself (Will Glover) remotely operating the gimbal. We've always found this is the most smooth way of operating a heavy set up and massively reduced the fatigue level of the operator, especially because they don't have to worry about making the gimbal look upwards towards a subject.

As always, the drone was operated as a 2 man set up with Stef Williams at the help with her Spanish permissions and Lorenzo took the controls of the camera for this flight.

For this shoot, we used the DJI Inspire 1 with the X5 camera and Olympus 12mm and 25mm lenses - a great combo and easily transportable on a plane with batteries.

 

Here's a couple more images from the shoot in Spain that you may want to have a look at. We can't wait for the video to be released and to reveal who the model was!

Let's set the record straight... DRONE LAW!

We always get told by producers that they discounted using a drone on shoots because they just weren't sure about the rules. I understand why! There's a lot of confusion when it comes to the law, some people have more lenient permissions than others, weight of drone varies the rules and location... it's a minefield but all the more reason to hire a team that know what they are doing!

The key point before you continue reading... if you're not sure just ask us! All we need to know is a location and a brief description of what you're looking to achieve. So... let's begin.

THE BASICS

SMALL CAMERAS
If you're using a small drone like a DJI Inspire or anything under 7kg then the basic rules are as follows :

  • The operator has to stay 50 metres away from people, vehicles, structures etc that aren't associated with the production. That's the most important!
  • Everyone has a maximum distance limit of 500 metres away and 120 metres high!
  • We must have land owner permission to take off.

BIG CAMERAS
If you're using a big drone there are a couple of differences! This might be anything carrying a bigger camera like a RED Epic or Arri Alexa mini. This applies to anything over 7kg and is split into 2 main categories

1) CONGESTED AREA

  • A congested area would be counted as a town or village or just anywhere that's 'busy' (slightly vague I know!)
  • The drone must be 150 metres away from people, vehicles, structures etc that aren't associated with the production.
  • Everyone has a maximum distance limit of 500 metres away and 120 metres high!
  • We must have land owner permission to take off.

2) NON CONGESTED AREA

  • None congested areas are basically places that aren't busy with people. Maybe a closed race circuit or beautiful cliff face..
  • In this instance the 50 metre rule applies. We just have to be 50 metres away from people, vehicles structures etc.
  • The same 500 metre and 120 metre height and distance rules apply
  • As always, we need landowner permission.

THE NOT SO BASICS

ENHANCED PERMISSIONS
This is where it starts to get a little more complicated. In some instances, you may wish to be closer than the rules stipulated above. Well.... it's not impossible but will be dependant on location.
Some of our pilots have what the industry calls an 'OSC' it stands for Operational Safety Case... sounds fancy and it is!
This special permission which is only really to be used when absolutely necessary means we can fly small drones down to 20 metres from people. To fly a bigger drone we can reduce our distance down to 30 metres from both congested and non congested - with the OSC there is no differentiation between them.

OPERATING ABROAD
By now, you probably know that we have some pretty good operating permissions abroad. Now this is something that completely varies on the operator. We have current permissions or have flown in the following countries:
UK
FRANCE
ITALY
CROATIA
GERMANY
CYPRUS
SWITZERLAND
TURKEY
and MONACO
But we don't want to stop there. We are completely happy to delve into the rules and see where we can operate next. No challenge is too big!

Well, hopefully that clears up a few rumours but if you're unsure, JUST ASK! We'd always be happy to check out any location to see if it's feasible to fly a drone. We can normally find a solution and with good time, planning and budget anything is possible. 

If you do have any questions, feel free to call the office on 0114 2994333 or email hello@fleye.co.uk

And to finish off, here's a few pictures from our adventures abroad...

Will


 

 

 

Supercar heaven with Club GT Events

Words by Gee Milner

"I arrived in Faro airport on the Saturday evening to be welcomed by more rain than what I left behind in the UK, definitely not the best conditions for a week long supercar shoot. The taxi driver couldn’t speak much English but he seemed very fluent when describing the weather, I guess he’s used to engaging with the British about how much it rains back in the UK. He assured me that the next few days were going to be amazing weather, I could only hope he was right!

This week’s shoot was a bit of a different one, the brief was to document a supercar holiday organised by Kev, our client Club GT events based out of a stunning Villa on the Algarve. Mobility was the name of the game for the shoot as I needed to be incredibly flexible, space was limited as I was basing myself out of a Porsche 911’s front boot, the FS7 had to stay at home for this one…

Upon arriving at the villa myself and Kev started to unpack the van and then the truck arrived with a rather expensive cargo consisting of two porsche 911’s, jaguar XF, Mclaren 570 and a very special Lamborghini Aventador SV. It was going to be a very good week!

The Sony A7Sii, Phantom 4 and DJI Osmo with the X5 adapter were to be the main workhorses of the week, I hadn’t previously spent much time using an Osmo but I was really impressed with how easy it is to get stable footage using the car suction mounting kit whilst controlling the camera from inside the car on the iPad, although the wifi link between the Osmo and car proved to be frustrating at times with the feed dropping out onscreen just as you were doing a reveal, the best technique proved to be setting the camera up in one position and then leaving it rather than trying to control it.

The phantom 4 proved to be the perfect drone for this shoot with both it’s small size and very quick setup time, obviously the footage will never be as good as a RED and it’s always annoying not having a separate camera operator but it really does continue to amaze me what that thing is capable of! My main issue with the phantom is the terrible noise control, anything ISO 200 and above looks notably poor and borderline unusable.

The first day was spent filming at the Autodromo Algarve race track where the guests first raced go karts in the morning and then in the afternoon they took the cars out onto the FIA approved circuit, unfortunately a huge rain storm put a stop to filming and most of the driving until Sunset. Luckily for us the rain came to a stop, leaving us with some amazing light!

The second day featured some incredible roads and scenery and using the Osmo with the car suction mounts I managed to capture some really cool perspectives which simply would not have been possible with a standard gimbal at those speeds and in that car. Whilst the guests were priority it was important to make each shot not only incredibly quick but as there was no chance of a retake, it had to be right first time! This made for some very speedy phantom 4 setup times.

It was amazing being up close and personal with these incredible cars, the raw sounds these cars make is just out of this world. There was a very large reality check sat in traffic on the M56 in my Volvo after landing back at Manchester. The whole event ran like clockwork and Kev from Club GT events really does deserve an incredible amount of credit for how well organised these events are, we look forward to the next one that’s for sure!

That's all for now,

Gee