St. Helen’s School – View From Above
At the very beginning of term in September 2016, Birds Eye View Productions were commissioned to shoot aerial and ground footage of the school’s site using our drone camera as part of the production.
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What we wanted
It was important to illustrate the large grounds that the 3 schools of St. Helen’s sat within. We wanted to show off the nursery / reception school, the new junior school and the the main senior school, its stunning buildings whilst capturing the pupils moving between lessons, enjoying their sport’s activities and the amazing site as a whole. Additionally, they wanted to show of the new junior school and arranged for the girls to create a daisy chain from one side to the other.
How we achieved it
Starting first thing in the morning, we filmed the arrival of the pupils from the two sides of the school using a combination of aerial and ground motion stabilised shots. We then moved through the school starting from the nursery school, junior school and senior school, filming scheduled lessons and activities.
Between lessons, we were able to get the some of the closer up shots using the drone and using ti to its true advantage, filming close up shots to wider reveals.
The daisy chain shot was well organised by the school which certainly aided our ability to ensure we captured the shot that they were after. In fact, the drone seemed to be a welcome distraction to the pupils who enjoyed waving at it, with smiles and excitement on their faces.
As the day passed by we moved to the sports activities where we used our drone inside the sports hall too (no pupils at the time for safety reasons) as well as outdoor aerial shots of the courts and pitches.
We shot at two frame rates, 25fps and 50fps, to give us options in post to add slow-motion if required. In terms or resolution we shot a combination of 4k and 2k.
Challenges and how we overcame them
As it the case most of the time when shooting outdoors, the main challenge when aerial filming was the bright sunlight on the camera lens. We used different ND filters depending on whether we were filming directly down on to the school or capturing shots where the sky and sun would come into play. Furthermore, we were supported by a number of school staff that helped us ensure the safety of the pupils and staff.
St. Helen’s School Aerial View
Aerial Filming of St. Helen’s School
Set in the suburbs of North-West London.
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