Next, we spent a very enjoyable week filming the aerial sequences for BBC2â€™s series: James Martinâ€™s Food Map of Britain from Tenthirteenâ€™s fixed wing aircraft which has been modified to take a Cineflex camera system.
We flew around the UK with James, an avid aviator, in the co-pilotâ€™s seat chatting about the UKâ€™s delicious regional culinary delights. Needless to say, we learned a lot about food production, farming and ingredients from James and we sampled a fair amount of his fabulous recipes during the course of the week. We feel they are most definitely worth trying at home â€“ so click on this link to try some of them out for yourselfâ€¦
The fixed wing system of aerial filming is both flexible and cost effective as it enables us to cover long distances quickly, to stay airborne for up to 5 hours at a time and, as it is a twin-engine aircraft, we are able to fly over water without restrictions. Most importantly, in terms of budget it is approximately one third of the cost of a helicopter. We designed and pioneered the system to great effect for a programme called â€œBomber Boysâ€ with Ewan McGregor and his brother flying in a DC-3 and Lancaster Bomber with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and also on the BBC NHUâ€™s series â€œAfricaâ€ where we flew from the UK to Morocco and Tunisia to film for the â€œSaharaâ€ episode.
We loved working with James and the BBC 2 team and would be first in line if â€“ as he mentions in the making of video clip below, he fulfills his ambition to take the Food Map global. Check out the â€œmaking of â€œâ€¦link below to get a flavour (sorry) of this fabulous series: