CAMERAS THAT FLY
Skyhook Aerial Cinema burst into life in 2011 at the genesis moment for multirotor camera drones.
The baby of two Wellington NZ based cinematographers Jess Charlton and Simon Baumfield, the initial Skyhook plan was to use the technology for their own projects as both a point of difference and as a unique story telling device. However once the technology was proven, Jess and Simon expanded their offering to clients in the film and TV world who were seeking to enliven their projects with strong and effective aerial imagery.
This was no mean feat. The limitations of the original technology defined the effectiveness of the solution. Wind speed overheads were low and the crude style of camera stabilisation did not allow for aggressive maneuvers or speed flying. But, with time, the technology evolved to the point where it is rare now to suspend operations due to wind speed, mist or indeed any of the limiting factors of those first generation drones.
In a way these are the glory days, we have progressed well past the initial “wow” factor of the drone perspective, and are now in the phase where drone cinematography is used in countless ways to support visual narrative. Drone shots are written into scripts or devised by directors and DPs to fit appropriately within their projects. The technology has become invisible (as it should be) and we are left with the creative. Long may it last.