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ON LOCATION The era of aerial filming is very much upon us, with ‘Drone Zones’ having their own spaces at major trade exhibitions like NAB and IBC, and camera companies producing smaller and lighter drone-friendly units. There’s no doubt that aerial images increase production values across a wide range of content, enabling film makers to capture shots that would previously have been impossible, or at the very least prohibitively expensive using conventional helicopters and systems. Helicopter Film Services (HFS) standing in the industry bears out the increase in demand for aerial filming services since 2014 when they invested considerable efforts and capital in providing their clients with the best UAS (Unmanned Aerial System aka ‘drone’) equipment and services. “We’ve been exceptionally busy,” says Jeremy Braben, founder and owner of HFS. “We’ve worked on some major films with both helicopter and UAS including Avenger: Age of Ultron, Now You See Me 2, Captain America: Civil War, Spectre, The Huntsman and Assassin’s Creed.” 56 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 112 APRIL 2016 As a relatively new market, the development of new equipment has increased rapidly, and HFS is careful to stay on top of the latest and best kit available. Its most recent purchase is the SHOTOVER F1 and U1 gimbals, one only of a handful available in Europe. “Adding the SHOTOVER F1 to our inventory of equipment was a natural progression as the market changes and we are asked to facilitate more ambitious shots,” explains Jeremy. “The SHOTOVER F1 is a 6 axis gyro stabilised remote head that offers extreme stability, as well as flexibility in terms of the camera and lens combinations that it accommodates. It also widens our choice of helicopters and our shipping options due to its smaller form factor.” The purchase of the SHOTOVER U1, a professional grade Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and gimbal for the broadcast, motion picture, surveillance and industrial survey markets, and joins the SHOTOVER K1 gimbal platform which Jeremy terms ‘the F1’s big brother’. “It will be great to be able to offer the entire SHOTOVER range along with our existing Nettmann SuperG platform,” he says.