McDermott and Ichthys LNG Project

We’re currently shooting a project for McDermott a leading engineering, procurement, construction and installation company focused on executing complex offshore oil and gas projects like the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG project. Filming and flying offshore for McDermott has been an amazing and rewarding experience with another couple of trips to go we can’t wait to get back out...

Woodside/IBM Trip – Shooting Aerial Video Offshore

Shooting aerial video at anytime is great fun and challenging, shooting aerial photography offshore in the oil and gas industry is a completely new adventure in its own right. We were recently hired to shoot for IBM and Woodside on the North Rankin platforms 150kms offshore from Karratha in Western Australia, just getting was half the fun! We already had our Emergency Helicopter Evacuation Certification, the one where they strap you in a mock helicopter, roll it upside down and drop it in a swimming pool and you have to get out, if you ever get the chance, do it, it’s great fun, but make sure you use the nose clips! There are very strict limits to what and how much you can carry on the helicopter with you out to the rigs, because of this we have to know the bare minimum of drone and camera gear we can carry and not sacrifice quality and production values. There is also the PPE gear (hard hats, steel cap boots, clothing etc) and personnel gear to consider as well, this trip was just a two day shoot so only the bare minimum was needed. We have been on other drone shoots offshore for 10 days with a lot of gear. In these cases we have to organise our gear to be freighted by road first and then transferred out to the ship or rig via a support vessel. Due to another job that had us working offshore at the same time we were unable to film on the rig together with the full film crew, so after getting a full and...

Working in the Pilbara and aerial inspections.

  We love filming and photographing in the Pilbara and also doing aerial inspections, it’s almost become a 2nd home for us and there are a few things that make it a bit different from working down south. Of course the greatest difference is the heat, wow it gets hot up there, especially January to March and having a giant 8 bladed ceiling fan buzzing around overhead doesn’t cool things down. In fact we’re very impressed with how our heavy lifter drone “The Beast” handles the heat, we thought it’s motors may overheat but no, The Beast likes it hot, we even had The Beast flying with a RED camera at Marble Bar in 46°C heat without a problem. Then there is also the wet, we were sent home from one job early due to a cyclone, so the best time to work up north is in the winter months. Batteries are the other factor working up north, because we aren’t allowed to take our batteries on planes we sometimes have to road freight them up north along with our chargers and other gear. So it’s good to get a few weeks notice to get our batteries up there before we arrive to film especially if we are using The Beast. One of the most noticeable difference is how friendly everyone is, almost everyone up north are so laid back and friendly towards seeing our drone and what we are doing, it’s a great place to work. The best thing about working up north is the colour and the light, it’s a whole different world. skypixels.com.au Click here to learn more about our drone...

Karroyul‬ Short Film

The short film Kurroyul which we shot aerials for won two awards at the 2015 WA Screen Awards, Best Short Film – Drama and Best Editing Short Film. We had a great week filming with drone for “Karroyul‬ ” with Spear Point Productions and Factor 30 Films around stunning Pemberton. It was great working with Kelrick Martin and Torstein Dyrting and all the crew who really put us and our drone through our paces and offered us heaps of advice and encouragement, true professionals.  Creating a video with drone really does bring a unique aspect. http://www.skypixels.com.au Click here to see more of our video with...