AERIAL SHOOTING :
TJsr shot extensive documentary footage of the Yellowstone fire. Much of it was broadcast in press releases and a documentary. We have shot Aerials in New Zealand and Africa. We have shot aerials for Fluke, Microsoft, and Boeing. We have shot for KOMO TV. Our work has appeared in films and National TV. EXPERIENCE!
Rigging into a 4 Place Robinson with our Owned Aerial Mount.
OUR OWNED AERIAL MOUNT
TJsr in a Robinson Model44, 4 place helicopter getting balanced up in the hanger.
Our mount uses two Kem K6 gyros, a vibration reducing hanger, a pivoting framework which is hung on the center of mass, and stabilized lenses to get solid shots. Our Aerial reel is full of superior shots obtained with this simple mounting system. Look at our aerial reel, the guy walking across the glacier shot with zoomed in lense at over 8,000 feet of elevation. The mount will carry the HVX200 Sony Z1U Canon Dslr 5 or 7 and many similar sized cameras. We have mounted our RED1 to this mount and had successful outcomes.
The best thing about this system is that it enables us to shoot including the wet helicopter, pilot, camera operator, mount with gyros, and camera for the first hour in the air for rates as low as $1400. Depending on location and distance to the target, from the operating field, we may be able to get your shot and return within the hour.
We have mounted our stabilizing mount into: Robinson 22, 44, Jet Ranger, Stretch Jet Ranger, Hughes 500 and A Star Helicopters. Of course generally speaking the larger the helicopter the better the results.
We will rent our Aerial mount if you prefer to operate yourself, we will also fly with you as assistant/coach if you prefer.
TYLER MOUNT, CLASSIC MOUNT OR OTHER MOUNTS
TJ With World wind Chief Pilot Vince after successful Tyler shoot over Puget Sound
WE Fly Tyler Mid Mount Tyler Nose Mount our own Custom Gyro Mount and hand held aerials from smaller bubble helicopters too small to take a mount. We have also flown some successful aerials from stiff wing planes. No matter what hardware you use the results depend on Aerial coordination to get clearance for the helicopter to get into the correct positions. A well maintained helicopter with well balanced blades, a good stable pilot with a delicate touch on the controls who can slide sideways smoothly and maneuver without undue tilting or wagging the tail of the ship, and an aerial photographer with a good sense of composition on the fly as things change quickly. It is also important with any of these mounts or hand held to have a delicate touch something that years of Steadicam operating has given each of us. All these gyro mounts depend on the operator having a gentle touch that does not destroy the stabilizing influence of the mounts.
MOUNTS FOR SMALLER CAMERAS:
TJjr with our Light Weight Helicopter Mount in an A Star prepares to lift off in Northern New Zealand..
Setup time is much quicker than a Tyler mid mount yet offers full gymbal and gyro stabilization. Our small camera mount fits in the door way of most helicopters to free float a small camera, allowing our twin K6 gyros to stabilize the camera. This works suprisingly well, and is not very expensive. It will fit in small planes or smaller helicopters which can further contain costs.
HAND HELD AERIAL SHOOTING TECHNIQUE:
TJ has shot hand held aerials, which were successfully used in many completed projects. He shot hand held of parachute jumpers diving from a Ford Tri-Motor in the opening of a documentary about smoke jumpers, filmed for PBS. These shots and the Tri-Motor cruising shots were shot hand held from a Navy Stitts open cockpit trainer.
In Zambia, Africa he shot HD hand held from the open door of a piper cub, these extensive extremely low level shots of the Lawonga River, sometimes under 3 feet off the water, were used in the Documentary film "Conservation Pathfinders" which aired on Earth Day as an environmental special.
TJ has shot successful aerials of corporate headquarters and installations from very small bubble type helicopters to save money. Clients for this shooting include : Fluke Instruments, Accountants Microsystems, Raleigh Bicycles, and The Boeing Company, regional car dealers, and a number of regional and national production companies.
Locations, setup, aerial travel, and needed equipment vary so widely that we will need to make a quote on your specific job.
PORTLAND, SPOKANE, IDAHO, WYOMING, MONTANA, DEAL local travel, equipment delivery to the field is .49 per mile round trip. Shoot Time is computed door to door Travel days to remote locations are billed as 1/2 days.
Fly us in the night before after business hours, and fly us back at the end of the shoot day and we work with no travel charges!
Shoot deals based on interesting work, continuing work, Interesting Travel, projects which assist Population issues, social issues and environmental issues.