A British aerial cinematography business, Cloud 12, is taking its service to new heights with its ultra-modern Droidworx SkyJib 8 Heavy Lift Octocopter, affectionately referred to as Olivia.
The next generation UAV technology weighs just 15kg allowing clients to capture helicopter standard shots without the helicopter, or the sky high price tag. In the lead up to 2015, Cloud 12 has its sights set on expanding into international airspace, to tap into global advertising and film opportunities.
Since its launch in 2012, Cloud 12 has established a portfolio of clients that includes an array of household names - the Filipino shoot of Rudimental’s 'Not Giving In' music video went on to be crowned a UK Music Video Awards winner, while the company’s most recent high profile project involved shooting Criminal, an upcoming action/crime/thriller starring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones and Gal Gadot.
As part of the production process, Cloud 12, along with sub-contracted firm UAViate, secured permission to fly its Octocopter over the congested streets of central London.
This involved ongoing correspondence with the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), DPG (Diplomatic Protection Group), London Film Council, borough councils and the local police. Yet, despite strict legislation, Cloud 12 was able to provide and deliver a solution.
Ben Keene, managing director, said: “One thing that came to light in conversation with other crew members is that when 24 were filming their latest season in London, they tried and failed to get permissions for UAVs to provide aerial footage – so our unofficial tagline has become – Cloud 12, succeeding where Jack Bauer failed!”
The Droidworx Octocopter is capable of lifting a RED Epic, a state-of-the-art professional movie camera. Film can be shot at a crystal clear 6K resolution, while the incredible Movi M10 brushless gimbal captures fully stabilised aerial shots.
Company founders Ben and Graham have now increased the scope of Cloud 12 to deploy globally, and be capable of transporting crew and equipment with minimal notice. The aim is to position the company as the go-to provider for big budget projects in need of an aerial operator.