Aerial Photography by drone for Film & TV

Aerial Cinematography by Drone

Philip Fearnley and the Halo Vue Aerial photography team offer a specialist aerial photography service specially aimed at the media and Tv industry using some of the most advanced drones available.

Everyone at Halo Vue has years of experienced in drone filming and drone photography with many of the freelance crew operating as regular ground camera operators.

Whether its Phil acting as a single drone operator / drone pilot or as a team of drone operators the crew at Halo Vue will gather the best possible drone footage in the safest, most creative, and most economical manor.

Phil Fearnley is an award-winning professional photographer by trade as well as accomplished drone pilot and as such can offer up images that were not even considered when clients book. Phil and the team have all got creative backgrounds in either photography or film making so rest assured they are fully trained up in all aspects of photography and know the drone industry inside out. 

Halo Vue’s drone filming service is insured for up to £10 million pounds and holds all the CAA permissions to fly within the UK and also the EU with aircraft up to 25kg.

We have several options for you to choose from when making your booking but to give you some help in picking the perfect aerial filming package, here’s a little explainer.

Our drone photography prices, and drone filming services are all bespoke with no standard prices, but we will always recommend the best drone for your shoot with the option for single or dual crew at the rates to suit you.

Simply email a no obligation quotation or call Phil on 07957 627 628

Caption card for the TV program on Sky Max, Sky Max Hold the front Page
Caption card for the TV program on BBC One, Happy Valley 3
Caption card for the TV program on BBC One, Gentleman Jack
Caption card for the TV program on Netflix, Nandor Fodor and the talking Mongoose
Caption card for the TV program on BBC, The Rap Game UK
Drone Filming for Vera on ITV

Aerial Photography For TV Drama & Film

From Documentary’s to Dramas and Films. Our aircrew are fully experienced in working on large productions using much larger aircraft for the drone filming sequences.

Over the last few years our two-person crew has flown the DJI Inspire 2 aircraft fitted with the super 35mm X7 camera on shows such as ITV’s Happy Valley 3, BBC /HBO’s Gentleman Jack 1 & 2, ITV’s Vera, ITV’s Emmerdale, Netflix The Ripper and several Bollywood Movies.

This aircraft is a super alternative to the heavy lift drones due to the flight times of around 15- 20 minutes, its staggering quality and the ability to fly at high speed. It’s also a lot less intimidating when flying close to actors and animals.

This drone does require a two-person operation with Phil Fearnley as pilot and trained drone camera operators using the drones in built camera to capture all the action required by the directors. No need to add any extra cameras to this aircraft and with the addition of a third member to the team we can also control focus and iris.

Output is also available for signals to be sent to the video village or extra monitors for the DOP and Director.

This is a full self contained package with no hidden extras needed for the production company. 

Caption card for the TV program on BBC, Gardeners World
Caption card for the TV program on Ch 5, Wedding Valley
Caption card for the TV program on Netflix, Bank Of Dave
Caption card for the TV program on BBC, The Bidding Room
Caption card for the TV program on Ch4, Digging For Treasure Tonight
Caption card for the TV program on Ch4, Bargin Loving Brits by the sea

Aerial Photography For Factual & Comedy Documentary’s

On programmes such as the BBC’s Countryfile we generally supply a single operator drone pilot  flying aircraft such as the DJI Mavic 3 Pro. To keep the drone filming extra safe a responsible member of the production crew may act as drone spotter keeping the drone in line of sight at all times.

These smaller DJI drones offer fantastic image quality with long flight times of up to 45 minutes shooting from standard 1080HD right up to 5.2K in ProRes 422HQ if required. They are super quiet and less conspicuous when flying in more built-up areas and once in the countryside they are less likely to upset any wildlife.

We have used these drones for aerial filming on shows such as BBC’s DIY SOS, CH5 The Yorkshire Vet, Ch5 Springtime on the Farm, BBC’s Canal Boat Diaries, ITN News, to name just a few.

Caption card for the TV program on BBC One, DIY SOS THE BIG BUILD
Caption card for the TV program on Ch4, Spring Time On The Farm
Drone Filming for Take Us Home : Leeds United on Amazon
Drone Filming for Canal Boat Diaries on BBC
Caption card for the TV program on Ch5, Scrap Kings
Caption card for the TV program on Ch4 , Rosie Jones Trip Hazard

Aerial Filming For News and Events

If you’re wanting aerial drone filming in highly populated areas our Mavic Mini 3 is perfect and super discreet. At a take of weight of only 249grams it comes under the weight restrictions of our larger drones. Our Tv News contacts such as ITN find this little drone very useful and with up to 48mb still images and up to 4k video it still gives outstanding results for its size.

We can also do live broadcast with the DJI Mavic2 pro or the DJI Mavic 3 all linked into the stations LiveU system.

Motor Sport Aerial Filming

If you require something a little faster, we can now offer high speed drone filming using the DJI FPV drones with GoPro Hero 8 mounted to the top of the drone. These super-fast drones can get right into the heart of the action with the pilot using VR style goggles to fly the drone almost as if he was inside the aircraft. A bit like a fighter plane.

These drones are amazing for car shows such as Quest’s Vintage Voltage, chasing the cars along racetracks but on the flip side, they are also perfect for fly slow and cinematic close to the ground, over trees and through small gaps.

No matter what your production is we can supply the perfect Drone Team at a competitive rate with quality cinematic aerial footage that will keep you using Phil Fearnley and Halo Vue Aerial Photography for all your future filming requirements.

Drone filming on some of the nations favourite TV programs

Creating Dramatic Content

Drones have revolutionized the art of filmmaking, providing filmmakers with unprecedented perspectives and creative opportunities. Through innovative techniques like hyperlapse and long exposure photography, creators can capture breathtaking scenes in ways never before possible. Hyperlapse, in particular, condenses time, allowing for stunning time-lapse sequences that reveal the dynamic evolution of landscapes and cityscapes. By combining drone flight with hyperlapse, filmmakers can showcase the passage of hours or even days in just a few seconds, offering viewers a unique perspective on the world around them. Additionally, techniques like drone light painting add another dimension to aerial cinematography, enabling artists to paint the sky with vibrant streaks of light. As technology continues to advance, the creative possibilities of drones in filmmaking are truly limitless, providing filmmakers with new ways to express their vision and captivate audiences.


FPV Drones: Transforming Film and TV

FPV (First-Person View) drones have emerged as powerful tools in the realm of film and television production, offering filmmakers an immersive and dynamic way to capture action sequences and explore environments. With FPV drones, filmmakers can navigate tight spaces and execute complex maneuvers with precision, all while providing viewers with a thrilling perspective akin to being in the pilot’s seat. This unique viewpoint adds a visceral intensity to chase scenes, sports events, and aerial stunts, elevating the cinematic experience to new heights. Moreover, FPV drones enable filmmakers to achieve shots that were previously impossible or prohibitively expensive, allowing for greater creative freedom and innovation in storytelling. As the technology behind FPV drones continues to advance, their integration into film and television production is expected to grow, providing audiences with increasingly immersive and exhilarating viewing experiences.

Adidas TV Adverts

The Halo Vue Team filmed several adverts over three days shooting a series of fast paced shots from 400ft to 2 feet off the ground. Flying on the streets of Manchester required road closures by the production company and some very precise flying.

Happy Clients

We have worked for most major TV companies drone filming from CH5’s the Yorkshire Vet to ITV’s Emmerdale.   

Other shoots include aerial filming on Sally Wainrights Gentleman Jack for the BBC/HBO, ITV’s Vera,Rob Lowe’s drama Wild Bill and countless TV productions.

Matt Gray BSC Cinematographer

Matt Gray talks about his time working on the BBC Drama Gentleman Jack, and how our drones were used on the show. He mentions how our drone filming was used to film Suranne Jones in the very first scene using it to fly low, slow and very close to the lead actress.

Philip Fearnley, the chief pilot and owner of Halo Vue has held a permission for commercial operations ( PFCO ) for many years as well as the new A2 CofC and GVC qualification. 

As one of the most experienced and creative pilots of small UAVs, (drones) in the UK he will achieve the best possible results with a budget to suit all requirements.

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