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Pompeii

2013

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The HFS team ventured to Italy in March to shoot the aerials as well as VFX ground plates for Paul W.S. Anderson’s new project “Pompeii”. Aerial elements shot on the Super- G with RED Epic.

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London Gateway

2013

Photo courtesy by Chris Brunnen, CJB Photography

Our aerial team documented the arrival of several gigantic harbour cranes for London Gateway.

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A Most Wanted Man

2013

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A first still for Anton Corbijn’s new feature “A Most Wanted Man” has been released. HFS provided the aerials in Hamburg for this. With a November release date we will still have to wait a little while before we can see the aerials our crew shot in Hamburg.

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The World's End

2012

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For Edgar Wright’s final part in his trilogy comprised of “Shawn of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and now “The World’s End” HFS supplied the aerials. We can’t tell you more, but one of the first stills that was recently released looks very exciting indeed.

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Apocalypse

2012

HFS provided an aircraft for Derren Brown’s much talked about “Apocalypse”.

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Calvary

2012

The HFS team ventured to Ireland with our aircraft and the Nettman Super-G for the Thriller “Calvary”, starring Brendan Gleeson to film some spectacular aerials on a beach.

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Diana

2012

HFS provided aerials for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Diana biopic using the Wescam 435.

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Skyfall

2012

For the new Bond “Skyfall” HFS’ Pursuit Arm supplied some fast-paced footage filming the Aston Martin DB5 in London.

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The Numbers Station

2012

Malin Ackerman and John Cusack star in thriller “The Numbers Station”. The aerials were shot with the Nettman Stab-C Compact.

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All Things to all Men

2012

Upcoming thriller “All Things to all Men” has released some first stills. Our Wescam 435 system worked on the aerials and we supplied some stunt coordination with a helicopter.

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Hansel and Gretel -Witch Hunters

2012

“Hansel and Gretel – Witch Hunters” – a new Teaser Poster and a first still.

Check out the trailer as well:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9246msCh7×4
We can’t wait till January.

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Rubinrot

2012

German book sensation “Rubinrot” is now being turned into a feature film. With the Wescam RED HFS caught the London landmarks from the air for this time-travel love story.

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London 2012

2012

We provided 7 Nettmann Systems Stab-C Compacts and 2 helicopters for ACS UK for the London 2012 Olympics. Photos by Steve Desbrow.

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Rush

2012

Here are some new stills from Ron Howard’s “Rush”. HFS shot the aerials with the Nettman Super-G and our Mitsubishi EVO was filming the race action on the ground.

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New aircraft for HFS

2012

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Helicopter Film Services (HFS) is proud to announce the purchase of two filming helicopters. Our two Eurocopter AS-355 Twin Squirrels (Twin Stars) are among the lightest of their type, making them perfect for aerial filming with the likes of the Cineflex HD video systems and our larger ‘film’ systems like the Wescam and Nettmann Super-G which are capable of taking the Arri Alexa, Sony F65 and Red Epic. This makes HFS one of the very few aerial filming companies in the world that own both their own aircraft and aerial filming equipment. Already hard at work, these helicopters can been see in the skies above the Euro 2012 football in Ukraine and Poland, The British Grand Prix and currently working on a major UK sports event.

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New project for Marvel Studios

2012

Helicopter landing in Norway

In July 2012 our crew took the Super-G to Norway for a very exciting (but yet unnamed) feature film for aerials north of the arctic circle.

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Rush

2012

On five racetracks around the UK as well as on the Nürburgring in Germany our aerial team using the Nettmann Super-G worked together with our tracking car division on the race sequences for Ron Howard’s new feature film Rush, the biopic of James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

Here is a news item about the shoot in Snetterton, which shows our teams in action: http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2012-05-01/hollywood-comes-to-snetterton/

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Captain Phillips

2012

Captain Phillips played by Tom Hanks

Our aerial team shot several helicopter sequences for Paul Greengrass’ new outing Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks as the main character. This chronicle of captain Richard Phillips and his crew’s encounter with Somali pirates is set to be very exciting. For the aerials our Wescam Alexa system travelled to Morocco and Malta.

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Coca Cola - The Beat with Mark Ronson

2012

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British Airways - London calling/ London 2012

2012

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Cadbury

2012

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Volvo V40

2012

Our team added aerials over the Köhlbrandbrücke in Hamburg, Nicholas Winding Refn directed this Volvo commercial. The result should be out soon.

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Tynemouth Pier

2012

Some athmospheric shots from an aerial shoot over Tynemouth Pier for a Korean client. All pictures were taken by DoP on the ground crew: Ed Moore.

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D

2012

The aerials for this dark comedy by Finnish director Tommy Wirkola led our team to fairy tale forests near Munich and Berlin. Shot on Red with the Nettmann Super G using a newly developed motion control software.

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Jack the Giant Killer

2012

Here is the first official trailer for Jack the Giant Killer:
http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/jackthegiantkiller/

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Cloud Atlas

2012

The highly anticipated adaption of Cloud Atlas features aerials that we shot in Scotland for the Tom Tykwer side of the project.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DhJsPW862k

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Blackpool tower

2012

This 3D film for the Blackpool tower was a project we worked on in 2011:

Take a look

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The Woman in Black Trailer

2012

Check out the new trailer for “The Woman in Black” if you dare.
http://www.hammerfilms.com/productions/film/filmid/24/the-woman-in-black

The aerial shots were provided by HFS and the car work by our other division: Pursuit Europe.

© 2012 Jeremy Braben

Flying Monsters 3D has won the AIB award for Science Programming

2011

Flying Monsters 3D has won the AIB award for Science Programming. The awards are judged by programme makers from the international broadcast community. The film was the only British nomination in its category.

The programme was, said the judges, excellent in every way: the editing, the animation, the interviews were all world class. With excellent presentation by Sir David Attenborough, the programme was engaging and entertaining while delivering a significant yet palatable dose of education. The judges singled out the scene where Sir David is in a glider alongside a pterosaur as of particular note. Judges commented that it worked as well in 2D as it did in 3D, with superb visuals that cause viewers to say “wow”.

© 2011 Jeremy Braben

Johnny English Reborn

2011

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Behind the scenes shots from Johnny English Reborn, in which the hapless spy attempts to fly a helicopter. Several shortened trees later he opts for the safer way of catching a ride on an ambulance. Aerial filming and coordination by HFS.
(Photos: Giles Keyte)

© 2011 Jeremy Braben

Britain & Ireland from the Sky 3D

2011

Helicopter Film Services (HFS) has teamed up with Widescreen & Bigger Pictures for the 3D series “Britain & Ireland from the Sky 3D” for Sky’s 3D channel Directed by Julian Kemp and shot by Aerial DoP Jeremy Braben and James Swanson. HFS have been providing our open platform Stab-C Compact stabilised remote heads for Sky Sports coverage of World Cup Rugby in 3D

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Flying Monsters 3D - BAFTA

2011

Helicopter Film Services are proud to have provided the 3D aerial filming and gliders on Atlantic Productions’ “Flying Monsters” for Sky. Aerial DoP, Jeremy Braben shot the sequences using the Nettmann Stab-C with the HFS designed 3D plate and Red One M-X Cameras. The helicopter was skilfully piloted by Ian Evans with 3D mount support by Oliver Ward and Steve Desbrow.

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3D - HFS are the World Leaders in 3D Aerial Filming

2011

Helicopter Film Services are the only company in the world to have designed and built a custom 3D rig for aerial filming. Unlike other companies who claim to shoot 3D, we have a list of credits that prove our capabilities. Our “Da Vinci” 3D rig allows us to shoot ‘hyper-stereo’ 3D aerial sequences using Arri 235 35mm, Arri 416 16mm, Arri D21, SI-2K or Red Cinema HD cameras, all with matched prime lenses. The Da Vinci rig allows 360 degree pan, vertical look-down in the tilt and fully steerable stabilised roll. The cameras are syncronised together and all controls run back to the operator in the helicopter. When shooting on RED, the Da Vinci has the facility for 2 x Solid State drives on the gimbal allowing for safe and solid data recording. The D-21’s record on to 2 x Sony SR-W1 VTR’s in the cabin. We are constantly designing new features for 3D. We have a list of matched Master Primes available from Arri Media, London.

TechRadar – London gets ‘world’s greatest’ 4D cinema

The London Eye 4D is a groundbreaking 3D film with in theatre effects, such as wind, bubbles and mist, to make the 4D. The film itself is a touching story of a little girl in London with her father. Her view of famous London landmarks is obscured by people and traffic, but a seagull draws her attention to The Eye and her father takes her for a flight; finally she has an amazing view of the city. See London from a bird’s eye view and we’re off soaring around the sky with the only 3D aerial footage of London. Colourful parties inside the capsule, time lapse of The Eye day and night and a spectacular firework display all add up to an emotional and entertaining experience; the perfect prelude to a flight on The Eye itself.

Aerial filming shot on Red & ARRI D-21 HD by HFS,
Post production: Pablo Post.
Producer: Phil Streather,
Director: Julian Napier,
Aerial DoP: Jeremy Braben, *Stereographer:*Sean Philips
Aerial Camera Op/Tech: Steve Desbrow,
3D Camera Rig design/tech: Oliver Ward at HFS

© 2011 Jeremy Braben

Completed Aerial Filming This Month

2009

Completed the aerial filming for Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Ridley Scott’s Untitled Robin Hood Adventure, Banged to Wrights for BSKYB and 3D aerial filming in Finland and Norway with our Scandinavian partners, BlueSky

© 2009 Jeremy Braben

Another Busy Month

2009

A busy month for our boys and the Pursuit team. Commercials and product films for BMW have seen our team in Austria and Spain shooting for the new BMW X1. Shooting both on and off road has proven no problem for the phenomenal Touareg V10 and Pursuit crane.

© 2009 Jeremy Braben

A Busy Month

2009

Our Wescam F-435X system is now the only Wescam, and probably one of the few stabilized systems in the world that can shoot 3 Perf or 4 Perf 35mm. Our unique modified Wescam system is the only one that uses the Arri 435 Xtreme camera body rather than a Mitchell. Now a 35mm 1,000ft magazine lasts nearly 15 minutes at 24 fps, rather than 11 minutes representing a saving to production.

Our Stab-C Compact has, once again in 3D, been running fast. This time on high-speed tracking rail system from ACS along side Usain Bolt for SKY HD.

14 May saw the release in UK Cinemas of “Angels & Demons” and “Outlander” – HFS did all the aerial filming sequences in Italy and Canada, respectively.

The Pursuit, Touareg & Stab-C with our team of precision driver – Jim Dowdall and crane operator – Wally Walisko, have been out with director – Vic Armstrong and DoP – Harvey Harrison BSC on “The Wolfman” Action Unit, filming in and around London.

© 2009 Jeremy Braben

The Boat That Rocked

2009

Working Title’s “The Boat That Rocked” opens in UK cinemas – HFS’s Jeremy Braben and Oliver Ward did all the aerials filming with pilots Ian Evans and Keith Thompson

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Ferrari exhibition at Ferrari World Dubai

2009

Our new Pursuit systems are now fully up and running with both our new VW V10 Touareg with the Pursuit crane and our Mitsubishi Evo fast tracking car working hard in Italy for a major car manufacturer. An exciting way to launch our new venture – Advanced Camera Cars – Pursuit Europe

www.pursuit-europe.com..

www.advancedcameracars.com

© 2009 Jeremy Braben

HFS - Pushing Boundaries

2009

HFS have once again been pushing the new equipment boundaries shooting a high profile large format film with our groundbreaking stabilized 3D rig. Shot with two Red one cameras onto our solid state drives. More details on the project when it is released shortly.

© 2009 Jeremy Braben

2012 and GI Joe - Rise of the Cobra

2009

Working with Sam Nicholson and those delightful folks at Stargate Digital, Jeremy and his team were shooting Visual Effects sequences and elements for the movies “2012” and GI Joe – Rise of Cobra” in Rome.

Our Robinson R44 G-ODOC now has it’s video ball side brackets and can be equipped with Cineflex HD or Wescam 16 SD systems. Offering a cost effective aerial filming solution

© 2009 Jeremy Braben

Jaguar and the Beijing Olympics

2008

More for the new Jaguar XX-R & XF-R on Red HD for Tangerine Films. The HFS team were also involved with shooting commercials for Statoil in Norway – again with the Wescam Red.

HFS’ Stab-C Compact has been sprinting up and down the track at the Bejing Olympics. Our LSG-2 Mount has been used with a Red One package in a military Gazelle helicopter in Montenegro shooting the first aerials for the new Port of Montenegro for Adriatic Productions and is currently on location in Hawaii.

© 2008 Jeremy Braben

RED HD

2008

We were involved in one of the first television commercials in Europe to be shot entirely on RED HD. Jeremy Braben and Oliver Ward were part of the team from Axis Films London on Tangerine Films’ project for Jaguar, shot in the South of France. Shooting full 4k at 25fps onto our Red Raid drive, we achieved some stunning pictures and high speed chases without any problems.

© 2008 Jeremy Braben

The RED is flying!

2008

HFS have flown our modified Wescam F-435X system with our own Red One Cinema HD camera with a Red CF drive and a Red Raid Drive. Shooting full 4K HD onto the Raid for well over 40 minutes – try that on 35mm film! DoP, Michael Brennan and Chief Technician, Oliver Ward with pilot Ian Evans were along for the flight in formation with the R44 Newscopters from Flying TV. Check back regularly to see what projects we have been working on with this awesome combo.

© 2008 Jeremy Braben

Aerial Filming the Boat That Rocked

2008

HFS have just completed some complicated aerial filming sequences on Working Title’s latest production, Richard Curtis’ “The Boat That Rocked”. It has also been a busy month for television commercials with our teams being involved with spots including: VW (Spain), FIAT (Italy), Orange (Spain), UK Digital, Royal Caribbean (Korea), Butlins Holidays, Deutchebahn (Germany), Fosters, Deutchebank (Germany), Alpina (Swiss) amongst others.

© 2008 Jeremy Braben

Bourne Ultimatum at the BAFTAs

2008

Bourne Ultimatum has been nominated for 6 BAFTA awards this year. HFS are proud to have provided the aerial sequences. Also BAFTA nominated for Special Visual Effects, The Golden Compass saw some stunning aerial action captured in Svalbard (Spitzbergen) Norway. Jeremy Braben was also the VFX cameraman shooting platework in Svalbard alongside the aerials on Panavision’s Genesis Cinema HD.

© 2008 Jeremy Braben

Green Zone

2008

This year has kicked off with a bang! HFS crew: Aerial DoP, Jeremy Braben and Wescam Technician, Oliver Ward are currently working with director, Paul Greengrass again on aerials for Working Title Films’ “Green Zone” – shooting in Spain and Morocco.

© 2008 Jeremy Braben