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AQUISITION Cooking up a creative storm with Patrick and Kylie T hree years ago, Patrick Drake, who had recently left a lucrative job working at Goldman Sachs in London to follow his true cooking passion, met Kylie Flavell, a young woman who had abandoned her career as a high- stakes fashion journalist in Australia to pursue her dream of one day hosting her own escapist travel and food show in Italy. Destined to cross paths, the dynamic duo filmed their first series, When Patrick Met Kylie: A Love (of Food) Story, soon after meeting—which was quickly picked up by the National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and Fox Network, among others—and fell in love in the process. Today, Patrick and Kylie continue to chase their aspirations, with Patrick developing recipes for his new company, Hello Fresh, and Kylie shooting her own travel mini-series, The Dolce Vita Diary, in Italy. To help bring their artistic visions to life, both knew that they needed to be working with the best in camera support equipment. “We reached out to Miller after listening to Philip Bloom give a presentation at an exhibition in London,” Drake says. “I decided to approach him as he was chatting with Mike Lippmann from the Miller team. Naturally, as soon as I started to fi ll them in on my work with Kylie, we began talking camera equipment, and Philip mentioned how robust Miller’s camera support solutions are and that he has been a longtime Miller user and supporter. To have such a well-respected fi lmmaker speak so highly of an industry brand is monumental and, from then on, I was immediately sold on Miller.” Today, both Drake and Flavell actively rely on Miller’s Air Tripod System to help set the scenes of their visionary work. While Drake spends most days in London, creating recipes for Hello Fresh, a company he co-founded that delivers recipes and the exact fresh ingredients needed to cook those recipes directly to shoppers’ doors, Flavell is currently making her mark in Italy, shooting her new travel mini-series, The Dolce Vita Diary. For Drake, his main equipment goal was to fi nd camera support technology that would assist him in bringing a cinematic quality to the recipe videos he creates. “While some Miller users may be capturing beautiful pan shots of majestic scenery with wide-angle lenses, my landscape is a plate of food. And the Air Tripod’s dynamic height range, which can drop as low as just above fl oor level, allows me to get up-close and personal to my dishes to capture that mouthwatering feel that makes you want to reach into the image and grab the dish!” For Flavell, on the other hand, who will soon be taking viewers on a journey along the Amalfi Coast in her intimate 13-episode series; the goal was to work with lightweight camera support equipment, without compromising her creative integrity. “They call me the crazy tripod lady,” she jokes, referring to the village locals. “I am a one-woman crew; I am not only working behind-the-scenes to set up the shoot, but I am also then jumping in front of the camera to host the show. Every day, I leave my house with the Air 60 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 94 OCTOBER 2014 TV-BAY094OCT14 v118.indd 60 07/10/2014 15:42