Worldwide aerial & ground filmmaking, photography & video production

Uig Sands, Isle of Lewis

Worldwide aerial & ground filmmaking, photography & video production

Inveraray Castle, Argyll

As a Drone Pilot, Photographer, Videographer and Chartered Surveyor, I’m able to assist clients with many types of work. No job is too large or too small: whether filming the installation of Europe’s largest gas tank at Grangemouth oil refinery, a TV drama series like ‘The Loch’ for ITV, a commercial for Johnnie Walker or Mazda, motorsports for Honda, Guinness Brewery’s health & safety video, or a documentary for National Geographic & Rolls-Royce, my 0-20kg drone qualification allows me complete flexibility to use the best aircraft for the job.

Talking of aircraft, I fly a range of drones:

I have a DJI S1000 which carries a Canon 5Ds/5D Mk iv, Panasonic GH4/5 or GoPro Omni 360° camera – my favourite drone to fly, but largely superseded these days by its younger & lighter siblings.

My main workhorse aircraft is the DJI Inspire 2. I own three of these, so I always have backup aircraft with me on shoots – two of my Inspire 2s carry X5S cameras & one carries DJI’s new Super 35 X7 camera. All three aircraft have CinemaDNG & ProRes licences, CrystalSky monitors, & I use Samsung T3 SSDs for fast backups & to save waiting around at the end of filming days.

I also travel with DJI Mavic 2 Pros, which are useful for indoor work & difficult flying locations, such as between the trees in forests.

Ancillary equipment which is always with me includes an Atomos Shogun monitor for DoPs, duplex wireless headsets, walkie-talkies & even a satellite phone – I make sure that comms are never an issue, no matter how remote the filming locations.

£5m public liability insurance (£10m is available where required).

I have BOSIET & MIST qualifications for worldwide offshore work, I’m a Professionally Qualified Person CSCS card holder, & an SQA qualified first-aider.

Aerial filming and photography

My 28 years spent travelling the world as an accredited Getty Images photographer will stand you in good stead when you commission me – please browse through the Portfolio section, & bear in mind that Paul Mellon & I offer a full filming service covering both aerial & ground, outdoors & indoors.

Inspections and surveys

I love inspection & survey work, and as a Chartered Surveyor I’m no stranger to working with plans or complex site visits. Aerial work in this category includes commercial & domestic inspections of buildings and structures, including condition surveys, environmental monitoring surveys, rooftop and insurance surveys; low-level aerial archaeological surveys; wind turbine blade inspections; construction site surveys including time-lapse filming; quarry surveys. The possibilities are almost endless!

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