Sustainable Forestry - Windblown Timber on the West Coast

We recently spent a day in the bush near Hokitika filming Jon Dronfield from Forever Beech. He wanted to capture the last of the windblown timber from Cyclone Ita to be salvaged.

It was a big day filming as we had to climb up the hill with all of our gear and getting around was really hard because of all the windblown trees and regenerating bush. By using a drone close to ground level we were able to get dynamic shots that gave a sense of the scale and devastation the cyclone left in it's wake. 

Here is a short cut we made for them to use on social media.

NEXT Foundation Cacophony project video

We were stoked to be asked to make a video on an inspiring project that the NEXT Foundation is funding called the Cacophony project.

As part of the Predator Free 2050 vision they have funded inventor and entrepreneur Grant Ryan to work on using artificial intelligence and sound lures to improve trapping operations and open new doors for predator control in New Zealand. 

The NEXT foundation also produced this great wee video ad (featuring some of our footage of course!)

Old Ghost Ultra Event Video

We just finished shooting a video of the incredible Old Ghost Ultra event - a gruelling 85km run along the Old Ghost Road. It was massive day lugging drones, cameras and tripods up the mountain but we certainly had it a lot easier than the competitors!.

This is a long edit for the competitors which includes as much of the footage we shot as possible.

If you haven't seen our award winning documentary about the creation of the Old Ghost Road then check it out here

Queen's Commonwealth Canopy launch

Last month we were fortunate to be asked to produce a video for The QEII National Trust on the launch of the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy innitiative at Mt Terako.

We were tasked with telling the story behind the project, giving a feel for the covenant and covering the event itself.

Our footage was also used to show New Zealand's contribution to the Queens Commonwealth Canopy as part of a video shown at a celebration event for the Queen at Buckingham palace.

Mitre 10 Makeover at Granity School

A few months ago we got to produce a film for Mitre 10 as Stan and the Mitre 10 crew from Westport made over the Granity School Playground.

It was a wonderful story that all started when one of the teachers hit up Stan on a Mitre10 Ladies Night asking for a new chicken coop at the school... a few months later they got a whole new playground!

It was truly epic weekend - the weather came out in true West Coast style but so did the locals and after an amazing volunteer showing the school looked awesome. A wonderful testament to our small West Coast communities

Waitaha River - Aoraki / Mt Cook of Rivers

We were recently approached by Whitewater New Zealand to produce a video to highlight the issues that a proposed hydro development on the Waitaha River poses.

This project was quite an emotional one because Dave is whitewater kayaker, and the Waitaha River is a very special place to him. As film makers though, we wanted to be sure that this was not just a passion piece but had some substance to it.

New predator control methods

Last month we shot a short film for mediafix about the exciting work that ZIP (Zero Invasive Predators) are doing on new predator control methods.

Shot at the trial site in the Marlborough Sounds the film shows the work being done to optimize their 'remove and protect' model for predator control in NZ.

The shoot included some experimental drone work as part of the research being done by ZIP.

Deep water fishing with Sealord

Last year we spent three days on board the Sealord vessel Aukaha capturing video and interviews with the crew.

Once we got through some tough weather (and seasickness) the sea went calm and we were able to get the drone out for some nice aerial wides.

We also wanted to give a feel of movement on the boat so a lot of the shots on deck were shot using our steadycam gimbal so that the horizon stayed level and the movement of the boat became relative.

We also got to visit one of their Russian charter vessels in Dunedin. The Russian crew were very proud to have become NZ flagged.