RTS Masterclass: Filming With Drones

The availability of low-cost, high-performance radio-controlled drones equipped with HD quality mini-cams has transformed aerial filming in the TV industry.

In the past aerial photography involved hiring a helicopter with camera mount, with the stress of knowing that poor weather could result in unsatisfactory footage or a big dent in the production budget.

Whilst some sequences will always require the expertise and equipment that only a fully-rigged helicopter with experienced pilot and camera-op can deliver, the products of drone technology are seen daily on our TV screens, bringing high-end production values to the most modest of production budgets.

But filming with drones is a complex area fraught with questions - some yet to be resolved.

What are the practicalities and legalities of flying drones; what are the responsibilities of a production or crew to governing bodies including the Civil Aviation Authority; and what should be taken into account to ensure production and public safety is ensured, whilst fully exploiting the capability of this exciting technology?

In this RTS masterclass the presenters will display some of the equipment available, demonstrate stunning filming sequences, and discuss current best practice when flying and filming with drones.

Charting a flight path through the issues are:

  • Mark Batey, BBC Academy trainer and advisor
  • Horizon AP, Northumberland-based aerial photography specialists with international experience (Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green; Commonwealth Games; Vera)

The event will include a presentation, Q&A discussion and – weather permitting – demonstration flights with Horizon AP showing exactly what footage is achievable.

A pay bar/café will be open.

When: Tuesday 16th June 2015, 7.00pm - c.9.00pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Where: Royal Grammar School, Performing Arts Centre, Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, NE2 4DX. (The RGS Performing Arts Centre is accessed via the school gates at the Jesmond Parish Church end of Eskdale Terrace, and is close to Jesmond Metro.)

To register please click here. There is no charge for this event.

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