Cinesky, In search of Blueskies
With the weather forecast turning from bad to worse in Cape Town and the low season setting in, Cinesky moved up country to service a string of clients in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.
The first stop on the shooting calendar was in Bloemfontein where filming for the University was done as well as a dedicated shoot for largest farming corporation in the Free State.
“We were blown away by the Cineflex’s performance and the incredible quality of the shots.” Evert Kleynhans of Rooistoel TV commented. “We made the right choice in the Cineflex system, for this job and must commend Chris Hughes, the aerial DOP, for his interpretation of our creative brief.”
The next stop in the program was in Johannesburg where Andre from Henley Air was the pilot for the aerial shoot over Alexandra. “The 206 Long Ranger was a pleasure to work from and provided an ideal camera platform for this doccie shoot. “ Chris Hughes, Aerial DOP.
With little time to spare the Cinesky team travelled to Grand Central Airport where they were met by renowned aerial filming pilot Bill Olmsted to rig the Cineflex V14HD onto the Bell 407, ZS-RPC. Shooting at Glen Afric, the following day, the 407 performed beautifully with more than enough power to execute the required low level manoeuvres. “It was an honour to meet Bill and a real privilege to fly with him, we are looking forward to the next opportunity to work with him.” Falk Eggert from Cinesky.
The last shoot of the week was a whirlwind tour of the Free State. Cinesky teamed up Bass Air to find and film locations scattered across the plains and hills. Covering everything from memorials, heritage sites and stone age graves, which were at times no larger than a double bed. The roundtrip covered approximately 450Nm and lasted about 8 hours. The Bell 206 was a feature attraction during its refuelling at Clocolan, providing a photo opportunity for the local school children.
The footage of Viervoet, Zoutkop, St Augustines and the many ruins that were filmed will be put to good use in preserving the heritage of the Free State for generations to come.