May 14, 2014

Qatar and Emir World Cups

The break was short-lived as Tenthirteen went back out to the Middle East to cover two of the region’s biggest football cup finals for the 4th year running, the Qatar Cup and the Emir Cup. Played over a 3-week period in May, we were there for pretty much the entire period assisting with cameras, HD RF Downlinks and communications, permissions and ensuring that the best possible aerial coverage was achieved to give the Outside Broadcast (OB) Director the greatest variety of shots for the show. We were over the moon that a faultless transmission was achieved along with a number of bonus shots for the broadcaster to use as channel idents in the future.

June has seen us in pre-production for another world first. We will be off to China sometime soon to do some aerial filming for Chinese broadcaster, CCTV, on the Tibetan Plateau. It is part of a massive series that is 4 years in the making. Nobody has achieved this before and we feel privileged to have been asked to be involved in such a massive and exciting undertaking. This is the first of what will, hopefully, be three shoots for us in China this year. We will keep you updated on all the news from those shoots as and when they happen.

May 11, 2014

Adabisc – Ooredoo Commercial

Once the Museum shoot finished, there was no time to rest as we had a mere 2 days before starting our next project which was a commercial for Ooreedoo mobile in Qatar. It was a challenging logistical job as we had to work hard to ensure that it could take place at all as filming permits had been applied for at the last minute. Thankfully, as Tenthirteen has worked closely with the authorities and military in Qatar for many years, we were able to achieve everything in the timeframe allowed for the shoot. It was a tough one but we got it done and our German agency was pleased with the footage.

April 14, 2014

National Museum of Qatar with Ron Fricke

We’re pleased to say however that (from a work pov!) the hiatus was fairly short-lived as pre-production was ramping up on our next project, which was to be the biggest of the lot.

We would be shooting in Qatar, with world-renowned Director Ron Fricke who shot and directed films including Baraka, Samsara and Powaqqatsi. The project was a 6K shoot for an installation at the new National Museum of Qatar that will be projected onto a 12 metre high by 20 metre wide screen. Quality and stability were the main objectives for the shots, as any small vibration when projected to that size would be very visible and would make anyone watching it feel rather odd indeed!

The latest in camera system technology was employed to great effect. We used the new incarnation of the RED camera, the Dragon in conjunction with the Shotover K1 6 axsys aerial camera platform. As the system is so large, we were limited in our choice of helicopter so, once again, we had to position a helicopter into Doha from Dubai. We rigged the system in Dubai and flew it over to Doha in preparation for the shoot. Once there, the RED Dragon was installed, system tuned and tested and we were ready to film. We needed to cover fairly large distances and optimise our time on location at the best possible time for light, so needed on-site refueling locations around the country – something that has never been done before in Qatar. With Tenthirteen and the planning team from Gulf Helicopters of Qatar working closely together a solution was negotiated with the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, which enabled us to achieve the stunning imagery Ron was looking for at the optimum time of day. This is the first 6K aerial shoot in Qatar and one of the very few in the region and it was 6 months in the making. Tenthirteen would like to thank everyone involved for their tireless help and persistence in getting the job done and achieving the highest possible production values for such a challenging project.

For a virtual tour of the stunning museum itself (designed by Priztker award-winning architect Jean Nouvel ) click on the link below;

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April 9, 2014

Unwind … with a Paraglider

After a busy start to the year it was back to the UK for a little downtime…

A fabulous Easter break on Dorset’s south coast saw some pretty exciting flying of another kind – paragliding! This new pastime of company director, David McKay is a welcome respite from the noise and adrenaline of aerial filming as it involves no engine, blissful silence and flying on invisible air currents. Pure magic. The one thing that does remain the same though is that there is a camera up there with him, this time taking stills from the air – check out some pics on the link below to our Facebook page….

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March 6, 2014

Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman

Something Tenthirteen is very proud of is our longstanding partnership with Gulf Helicopters in Doha, Qatar. Together we have become one of the leading suppliers of equipment, crew and aerial co-ordination services in the region, working in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia amongst others.

We were delighted to be invited back, for the fourth year running, as the aerial co-coordinator and equipment supplier for the first two events on the International Cycling Union’s (UCI) calendar – The Tour of Qatar and The Tour of Oman .

Both events had the top riders in the field and coverage was well received worldwide. Of course we were extremely pleased with Chris Frome’s overall victory – for the second year running, in the Tour of Oman and it was great to be there, filming him crossing the finish line. For this Tour, Tenthirteen co-coordinated the temporary importation of the helicopter from Dubai into Oman for the race. This was achieved by working closely with our contacts at the Muscat Municipality and the Oman and UAE Civil Aviation Authorities. There was a lot of challenging flying and filming over both beautiful desert and mountainous terrain for this key sports event. We have a developed an excellent working relationship with all the authorities – and the military, in the region which enables us to provide turnkey solutions for our clients with the minimum of worry.

After a month in the Middle East, it was back to the UK for a catch up on what was happening at home.