Aerial Drone Filming & Photography

James became a qualified CAA approved drone pilot in 2015 and is now one of the most experienced professional drone operators in Wales.

Since 2015 he has been using drones in all sorts of productions for the BBC, ITV, S4C, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, Amazon Prime, Netflix as well as for a wide range of commercial and industrial clients.

He is based in South Wales, but often travels to filming locations right across the UK and beyond.

If you’re interested in using James for your production, please get in touch for a free no obligation quote.

CLIENTS AND CREDITS INCLUDE:

Credits and Clients

SERVICES

Aerial Drone Filming
Inspection

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified UAV (drone) operator with a CAA Permission for Commercial Operations (OA – 1720)

GVC / A2 Cofc / EU Drone License

Fully insured / BBC and ITV Approved

EQUIPMENT

DJI Inspire 3 X9

8k 75FPS

45 Megapixel Images

Full Frame Camera

24mm and 50mm Lenses

14+ stops of dynamic range

Prores 422HQ

DJI Mavic 3 Pro

5.1K 10bit Video

DCI 4K/120FPS

15, 24, 70 and 155mm cameras

10-bit D-Log

DJI Mini 3 Pro

Sub 250g

Ideal for urban areas

4K 50FPS

48 Megapixel Images

DJI Avata

FPV

4K 50FPS

Ideal for immersive flythrough footage

iFlight Bumblebee V3

FPV

4K 50FPS

GOPRO 10

Ideal for immersive flythrough footage

KEY POINTS

Single or dual operator

Our lead pilot James mainly works as a single operator, meaning he both flies the drone and operates the camera.
We can also offer an additional operator on request.
The drones we operate have some of the most advanced tracking features currently available which enables us to get shots previously only possible with a dual operator setup.
He also has hundreds of hours of flying experience and is one of the most experienced drone operators in Wales.

Professional formats

As well as shooting excellent quality H264/265 footage, we can also shoot in ProRes 422HQ and 4444XQ for more demanding workflows.
For photography we can shoot high resolution up to 45 mega pixel raw and jpeg stills, together with panoramic and 360 images.

Experience of flying in restricted areas

With hundreds of commercial projects since 2015, we have experience of operating in and around all sorts of restricted areas, including MOD Danger Areas, Airport Flight Restriction Zones, RAF Low Flying areas, Central London, Royal Parks, National Parks, National Trust properties, Prisons, Power Stations, Oil/Gas Facilities and SSSI’s.

Imaging background

Our lead pilot James has been working in the TV and multimedia industry for over 15 years.
He was a film maker and photographer long before drones starting taking off (excuse the pun) and has an excellent eye for footage and photographs. He also has many TV credits with his footage being used often by broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, S4C, C4, Discovery and Netflix.

Portability and viewing

We are regularly asked to film and photograph in places that are difficult to get to, therefore we have additional equipment which enables us to get to places off the beaten track.
We also provide wireless client monitors which means the client/director can view the footage with ease in realtime.

Editing and delivery

We are also experienced video/photo editors, and we often edit the footage and photographs we shoot for clients.
For shoots that require the footage/photographs to be handed over, this can either be done directly onsite, digitally or an a hard drive afterwards, or we can edit the footage down and send it across.

HIRE OPTIONS

Half day

Full day

Every job is different so please get in touch for a free no obligation quote.

AERIAL WORK EXAMPLES:

ITV Coast and Country

In 2018 James joined the ITV Coast and Country team as a camera operator and drone pilot, working all across Wales.

To date he has filmed over 250 different features for the programme.

This video shows some of the footage he shot during that time.

The latest series can be viewed here.

Visit Monmouthshire – Autumn in the Wye Valley

In late 2020 James was commissioned by Visit Monmouthshire to capture the Wye Valley with its autumn colours.

ITV A Year in the Beacons

During 2019-2020 James was asked to be the principle camera and drone operator for ITV Wales’ A Year in the Beacons.

Over the course of a year, James was part of a team that followed Brecon Mountain Rescue, the Brecon Beacons National Park, The Glanusk Estate and local farmers over a year like no other.

Here is some of the footage James captured for the series.

Broadcast on ITV Wales in March 2020, and ITV across the UK in late 2021.

BBC The One Show

In Spring 2020 James was asked to provide the drone work for a BBC One Show piece on Llamas in rural Pembrokeshire.

The Llamas were helping the local community by delivering supplies during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ironman Wales 2019

James was asked to be the official drone pilot at Ironman Wales 2019 for the highlights programme, working with Dojo films.

Here are some of the shots.

PHOTO GALLERY

Video Production, Camera & Drone operator, Aerial Drone Filming & Photography.

CAA Approved Drone Pilot, Aerial Filming, Aerial Photography, Drone Filming, Drone Photography, Drone operator, Camera operator, Roof Inspection, Survey, South Wales, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea, Llanelli, Caerphilly, Neath Port Talbot, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Gwent, Torfaen, Monmouthshire, Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Ceredigion, North Wales, Bristol, Somerset, Gloucestershire