I chose to start this series called Video of the Week because quite simply I love video, I waste my life watching videos on YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook, and can easily spend a whole evening or even a weekend doing it! So if I love it, maybe you will. That’s why I started Video of the Week, what do you think? Is this something you’d like to see more of? Please feel free to link to video’s you think should feature in the Comments section below.
So, Drones. A controversial phenomenon that’s changed low budget videos for ever! It’s got people in a lot of trouble, and you need to be careful flying them in certain places and check the laws in the country you’re filming in. But wow has it generated some amazing footage, and made me really bloody want one! (Watch this space)
Devin Supertramp: Extreme Highlining – Insane Heights
My first video comes from my favourite film-maker out there, Devin Supertramp. If you take a look at his YouTube Channel make sure you have about 4 hours spare, because once you start flicking through his videos you just won’t stop. This video was the first time I realised what’s possible with a drone, and it was filmed in partnership with Ford. One of the best things about Devin’s videos is he’ll always link to a ‘Behind the Scenes’ video too, which is brilliant for amateur film-makers like myself.
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Nathaniel Durman: Climbing the Shard
I don’t think Nathaniel quite realised the publicity this video would generate when he filmed The Shard, the tallest building in the European Union. The ‘drone community’ were outraged, and recent news about a drone nearly colliding with a plane at Heathrow didn’t help. That said, what a great video, these guys didn’t know what kind or laws were or would come into place, and haven’t made money off of this. So lets just sit back and enjoy their work in all it’s glory.
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Victor Chu: Ultimate Aerial video of NYC
Another slightly controversial one, Victor Chu’s video claims to adhere to all of New York City’s rules and regulations. He wanted to make a video that focused on all 5 boroughs of NYC rather than just Brooklyn or Manhattan. The video took around 7 months to shoot, but it’s well worth the wait as you can see, this video gives you a truly spectacular perspective on one of the greatest cities in the world!
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Danny Cooke: Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl
Never before has a drone video told a story like this one. Filmed at the Nuclear Disaster zone in the Ukraine nearly 30 years after the nuclear meltdown occured. The area still has enough radioactive material to cause widespread contamination, and the reactor still has the power to kill. In a huge multimillion pound project, and money from 40 different countries the latest effort is to cover the reactor with a structure taller than the Statue of Liberty. Danny explored the surrounding area with a camera and a Geiger counter!
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Philip Bloom: Koh Yao Noi
Philip Bloom is a world renowned British film-maker, and has long been one of my favourites to follow after seeing his appear on The Gadget Show would you believe? He’s worked on too many projects to list and began his film-making career at Sky! This video of Koh Yao Noi in Thailand was shot on his holiday which shows how film-making really is in Philip’s blood. It features stunning aerial shots complimented by a beautiful track by The Music Bed.
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