Aerial Video of the Fairline Phantom 46 Motor Boat
The Fairline Phantom 46 is a truly outstanding flybridge cruiser. A true classic that offers the ultimate experience at sea. Birds Eye View Productions love the water, so when we were asked to film this boat we jumped at it. We were even blessed by the sun off the coast of the White Cliffs of Dover giving us the perfect day to fly our drone and capture the Phantom 46, skimming gracefully over the water.
Birds Eye View Productions were commissioned to produce a film to show off the Phantom 46, a truly outstanding flybridge cruiser. We were looking to highlight the roomy and opulent saloon which had been fitted with expertly crafted polished woods, plush leathers and soft lighting, as well as the accommodation areas below which included a master stateroom with double bed and ensuite shower. Our Drone allowed us to illustrate how the exterior had been beautifully designed and present a picture of sheer elegance as she purposefully skimmed across the waves.
How we achieved it
As with all of our aerial filming shoots we planned each flight before we launched, especially as we were flying in the middle of the sea and battery life was very much monitored closely, as we did not wish to have the drone flying around, hovering whilst discussing our next shot. As you can imagine, we did not want to run the risk of a low battery and not being able to fly the drone back to the boat. Once the battery had between 40% – 50% capacity left we brought the drone home, as we knew this would give us enough time to stop the boat and fly the drone back to the deck to land. Once we had launched, we positioned the drone to capture the wide angle shots and this also gave us the chance to work closely with the captain and see how the boat looked when cruising. It also helped us to confirm that our drone speed was fast enough to come up alongside, over and even go pass when the boat was at near full speed. We looked to film the boat from all angles and sides, filming slow sweeping pans, high above the sea and some closer in on the boat. We filmed with a combination of 4K and 2K, varying the fps between 25 and 50 respectively. The ground cinematography was taken using a combination of a crane, slider and stabilization gimbal, with varying standard shots and some more detailed macro shots to highlight the features of the boat.
Challenges and how we overcame them
This projecta presented us with one major challenge. How would we launch and land the drone from a boat that was bobbing around on the water? With life jackets on, we positioned the boat so that the rocking minimisedized. For launching we used the front deck. The key here was to totally commit and give the throttle a lot of power, no hesitation and keep it climbing clear of railings and the flybridge, which with the power we can generate worked well. The landing was a little more tricky and involved the drone being brought in towards an idle boat, landing gear down and a very slow, controlled decent towards a team member to take hold of the legs.
The Fairline Phantom 46 Aerial Film
Aerial Filming in The English Channel off the White Cliffs of Dover
Off the coast of the White Cliffs of Dover and the sea to ourselves.
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They provided a swift turnaround, were patient and professional about required edits and listened to our brief and our aims for having aerial footage. We have ended up with a brilliant addition to our digital marketing material - they managed to capture the feel of the school in a minute and a half! Thank you Birds Eye View.
Matt was very prompt at replying to emails and responding to client edits. He's personable on the phone and emails, and the final result was very good
Matt and his team are professional, diligent and incredibly hard working. They produced first class aerial content and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or use them again.