LaCie celebrates the power of imagination in short RSA film, 'Monster Hunter'. To celebrate the 30 years it has been helping creative professionals with hard drives and other tools, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate has created a short film, ‘Monster Hunter’, directed by RSA Films' Alexander Farrell.
Freefly Alta X - An innovation too far?
You know how it is... the best laid plans and all that.
It’s 04:30 and we’ve been driving through the night.
It’s raining hard, despite the ‘optimistic’ forecast.
We had a call with the client the night before, we’ve explained every little detail.
The project is a go and time is tight...
We have a plan A, a plan B and usually a plan C but it’s going wrong fast.
You see , dear old Trump is coming to the UK.
And when POTUS travels, so does a considerable amount of air support.
So much so, that there are usually temporary flight restrictions placed on the airspace and 9 out of 10 times, a restricted area alert prevents drone flight.
This particular client had this all explained, their shoot in London was planned well.
But during our travel they moved the shoot!
They moved the shoot to the time Trump was in the UK and guess what ?
No flying for us.
A disappointed client, a drone crew out of pocket and an easily avoided disaster.
If you have a shoot coming up, please give us as much notice as possible and I 100% guarantee we can deliver!
In other news, this last month or so has been crazy.
We’ve mapped moorland fires in Moray, hillsides in Shetland, flown all over the UK and have barely been at home.
This all adds up to happy drone crew, although Paul is currently in Skye in the rain so perhaps his smile has slipped!
Meanwhile I’m typing this sat in the van inside a Police cordon in the pouring rain.
One thing we can’t control is the weather , but we promise to try!
Until next time.
July is nearly here .
The weather is awesome and here at ROAVR we are racing between creative and survey projects across the UK.
As I sit here typing this in Aberdeen Airport, Connor is flying north, I’m flying south and Paul is heading into deepest darkest Morayshire to look at wind turbines.
All systems go!
However, it would seem all is not well in the drone world this week!
English Heritage has banned drones from all their sites.
I’m not surprised really.
With hobby drones on the increase, the opportunity for some quiet enjoyment in the countryside is diminishing.
But it’s always been like this, horse riders fighting with walkers, off-roaders arguing with fisherman, it’s the British way.
I started my career as a Countryside Ranger so I know just how tricky the balance is .
Luckily, at ROAVR we are used to working with stakeholders to achieve our clients objectives and have never been refused permission to fly.
That includes Transformers at Stonehenge and Michael Bay wanted to blow that up! True story.
In other news, I took a day out yesterday.
Not for a well earned rest, oh no.
I had my first school lunch in 25-years!
You see my wee man James is off to school in a month or so, time really flys!
So as the deadline approaches for your shoot, don’t leave those permissions until the last minute and give me a call to see how ROAVR can support your shoot.
Until next time...
I’ve a confession here
I think I must unwittingly suffer from SAD… seasonal affective disorder.
I must do because the last few days in the Highlands’ have been incredible.
It’s been like a shot of adrenalin to the heart to be honest.
Beautiful blue skies and light winds.
This means that we’ve been able to box off jobs as far north as Wick and as far south as Birmingham.
Pretty much everywhere in between as well!
But we love it !
In other news, it seems my son’s obsession with Lego is slipping back toward Paw Patrol. This is coupled with a stunning ability to operate a smart phone.
The bad news there is that he has ordered himself a ‘Zuma’ without me knowing.
I swear five year olds have a better skill set with tech than we do!
Time to revisit those parental permissions I think!
Talking of useful skillsets, did you know our staff are offshore qualified?
We hold all the required BOISET/HUET/MIST qualifications.
We love to get out to sea, specially when the weather is this good!
I’m a little bit excited this week as tomorrow our work on Wild Rose goes live at the cinema.
There is a real buzz to working on feature films. We love it!
This one has been a long time coming as we worked on it back in 2017.
It’s getting great reviews though .
Thats enough nonsense from me, I’m off to polish my shoes for a cinema trip tomorrow…
If you have a project coming up that needs awesome aerials, drop me a mail.
Till next time…. Matt.
Something happened this week , something hit me like a ton of bricks and made me think.
There is a person in ROAVR who is key to everything we do. That person is Jill, she man’s the phones, grabs me a sneaky coffee and keeps the cogs turning. Jill has been with me since I started the three months on Transformers in 2016. The trouble is, I lost her in January.
James is my youngest Son. I love him to bits, of course I do.
But I seem to have created a mini version of me to argue with whenever I want!
There we were, in my bed in our old tumbledown Highlands' home, watching the deer graze the neeps in the field when it started.
That awful bloody Baby Shark song!
March! How the heck did that happen ?
It’s been a busier start to the year than expected so far.
The snow hasn’t come to much, in fact its been unseasonably mild.
What that means for us is beautiful crisp clear filming days… result!
(December 4, 2018) — Nevis Environmental provides survey services and specialist management of environmental issues across a project lifecycle from its offices in the Highlands and North of England. They were delighted to sign a memorandum of understanding with ROAVR – an aerial data provider to form a partnership to market the use of drones in environmental and ecological surveys and monitoring for a wide variety of clients.
‘Unmanned - A Drone Story’ UK release of the much anticipated expose on the UK Drone Industry.
'James Knows Best'
It is 4:27pm.
I’m just north of Inverness.
It's minus 6c outside and even colder inside, because the heater was broken.
I’ve spent the last 3-hours of my life hunting for the perfect location for this evenings shoot.
The funny thing is though, ten minutes before, my youngest son James told me we had already found it.
Obviously, because I’m a man, I ignored him, he’s four!
So here we were, sunset was fast approaching and ‘Daddy knows best…’.
Turns out I was wrong though. I’d broken my own rule, the one that says we are a team and a Chinese parliament is key to success.
So I found myself returning to the best spot to shoot this sunset for a client.
Returning to the spot on the advice of a four year old. The spot we’d spent 30 minutes exploring earlier in the evening when we had ‘plenty of time’.
And boy did he let me know it! He’s a smart cookie that James.
We got the shot, no, we NAILED the shot. But better still we had some great Father and Son time at a beautiful location on the West Coast of Scotland.
iI’s not always was easy to find the ideal location for your shoot my friend, but ROAVR 100% guarantee we can help. Help you scout, help you plan, help you travel and more importantly GET THAT SHOT!
I can’t promise James will be available for location scouting though!
Matt 'sunset' Harmsworth
Team Easy, Inspired by Easy Company from WW2, a band of misfits that became one of the most distinguished regiments in WW2. Here going the extra mile for help for heroes.
We are often asked by other contractors what our most useful piece of equipment is. So whilst Matt was editing our 2017 creative Showreel I asked him!
“Ha! This comes up all the time and the answer will probably surprise you…”
“After four years operational across a number of sectors I like my creature comforts. We are often up really early, certainly that is the case for creative work. Often the call time for the shoot doesn’t come through until late the night before the shoot day. The client never factors in your travel time from a human factors point of view….”
“We are pretty committed to safety, in fact it is one of the factors that distinguishes us from the competition. As such we try and look after the staff and sub-contractors. Can you see where I am going here?… Turning up onsite tired and grumpy is not only unproductive, it’s down right dangerous…”
“So really, our main production / site vehicle and our Honda generators are the most utilised bits of equipment. There is nothing worse than arriving at a location at ‘O’ dark thirty and having to sit around all day. Our built to order crew vehicle has hot and cold running water, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge, a bed (that’s only for me though!) and can run off grid for two days including battery charging.”
“We can charge prosumer drone batteries like the TB50, TB47 and TB48 batteries without even firing up the generator, or if it is a heavy lift job the generator comes out. Even then the quiet pack generator can be some distance from the van if required. On large sets we can plug in to the sparks feed on location and set the kit up under the awning so we are not jumping in and out dodging rain showers”
“With generators it really is buy cheap buy twice, we use Honda EU20i gennys that can be linked if necessary. These will run and run and run. I remember once when we were on a forest site in around 2014, there was snow on the ground, we’d left base around 05:00 and then in the middle of nowhere, 10 clicks of the public road we got a puncture followed by the cheap generator refusing to start. These sort of ‘trials’ lose you work and certainly lose your profit if you don’t plan well.”
“I always laugh when people say the barriers to entry are low to bring UAS into your own company. Whilst that is certainly true in terms of aircraft and training, the support package to make your UAS team functional and box of those 7P’s is a hell of a lot more expensive but absolutely necessary.”
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Human Factors is about understanding human behavior and performance. When applied to aviation operations, Human Factors knowledge is used to optimize the fit between people and the systems in which they work in order to improve safety and performance. ROAVR provide consultancy advise for the installation of safe systems of works, Operational Safety Cases and environmental policy.
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