June 26, 2013

British Icons

More fun was had, this time with helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, down at Goodwood Airfield where we once again filmed for Land Rover – a short film for their “British Icons” campaign.

The aim was to pit two great British icons against each other and for the Range Rover Sport to race against the Spitfire. We were lucky enough to work with Boultbee Aviation’s Supermarine Spitfire. As the Spitfire is so precious, safety in the air whilst filming was paramount. We were also limited as to how long we were able to have it airborne for this mission. Planning needed to be impeccable to ensure that everyone was happy with what was happening throughout the flights and that we achieved the maximum coverage within a very small filming window.

After a comprehensive mission briefing, we got airborne and got some stunning shots from both the air and the ground. The final result looked fantastic and was very well received by everyone. Take a look and find out for yourself which British icon won the race…

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June 15, 2013

“ Up at the O2 ” Commercial

Back to the realm of advertising which took us to London for an amazing, single shot challenge.

The brief for the “Up at the O2” commercial was a straight lookdown in a tight close-up of a man walking “somewhere” followed by a slow zoom out to a wide of the entire O2 Arena and Isle of Dogs. The really tricky bit was that it all had to be exactly one minute long and filmed as a single and continuous shot.

An added challenge with this project was that when we fly in this particular part of London, we are within the control zone of City Airport and given the high volume of air traffic, we were only allocated a maximum of 3 minutes to get in, line, up and do one take. No pressure there then!

What followed was a two-hour session in the morning and another in the evening, which ensured that we achieved the whole commercial in one day with one camera, a pilot and an Aerial Cameraman. Probably the most cost-effective one minute commercial ever shot. But it did make us sweat….

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April 6, 2013

Range Rover Sport

Next we were filming the launch of the new Land Rover Sport model in the classic, spaghetti western countryside of Almeria, Spain. We shot for 3 days with low-level, high speed chases and passes being the order of the day.
Thanks to my pilot Paul and his excellent flying skills, we achieved stunning shots of both the landscape and the awesome new Land Rover.
The agency and client were over the moon with the footage we turned in and we came in under time and budget, which always puts a smile on everyone’s face.

We’re looking forward to the next one!

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March 21, 2013

Meet the Monkeys – BBC

One of our longest-standing clients is the BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) in Bristol with whom we have worked on some fantastic series including Planet Earth, Nature’s Great Events, Africa, Madagascar, Frozen Planet and Life to name just a few.
2013 saw us working with them once again on a number of shoots – the first of which was in Sulawesi, Indonesia, with Producer/Director Rob Sullivan for BBC 2. “Meet the Monkeys”: Natural World – about the critically endangered and extremely endearing Macaque monkeys which are only found in a single patch of rainforest on the north coast of Sulawesi.
It took two days for the Cineflex and crew to arrive and 3 days for the helicopter to position to our base from Jakarta, but it was well worth it. The shoot was a great success and we enjoyed working with a very talented crew in an extraordinary location.
We hope that, in some small way,Tenthirteen, has contributed to helping raise awareness, worldwide, of the plight of these incredible animals.