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#1 Jordan Watson

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:42 AM

Hey guys,
What's the price on average for a helicopter shot?

Thanks!
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 09:03 AM

How long is a piece of string? It depends on the nature of the shot, the type of helicopter you're using and the camera mount system you're using, together with the local rates for helicopters and an experienced pilot. Plus the cost of positioning the helicopter for the shot.


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#3 Jordan Watson

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:40 PM

Thanks Brian for your reply, we were looking at the Cineflex Elite (Arri alexa Log C) in Sydney, Australia. I will discuss all this with my client and will go from there. Would it be faster/cheaper to hire a 30ft technocrane from Panavision to do the same shot? 


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#4 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 05:55 PM

It depends on your shot, but helicopters throw up a lot of downdrafts and a crane shot is rather different to a helicopter aerial, At 30ft you're into UAV's or drones these days.


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#5 Chris Millar

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:12 PM

Well I remember the 50' technocrane being marketed as a heli replacement as if it had broken some barrier in terms of shot ability. But the scale of complexity/wrangling involved compared even to a 30'...

Anyway, last I heard there was only the one in Europe.

It looks like you've got some budget here (or at least ambition). If it's real then why not approach your local grip shop, they'll know the local pilots also?
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#6 Jordan Watson

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:35 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate all your responses. It's a safety induction video for a construction engineering company that's being showed to over 1 Million employees per year. The story board requires lots of aerial shots / VFX etc so their budget is quite high. I'll contact Panavasion in Sydney (AU) to discuss this with them. 

Cheers,

Jordan W 


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#7 Chris Millar

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:42 PM

The safety 'industry' in Aus is huge. 

 

Lots of hi-vis to be sold through a tactic of I dunno, 'emotional blackmail by proxy'  ;)

 

I guess it gets people working !


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 06:50 PM

You're right Chris,

It nearly seems like every 2nd person I drive past has an orange hi-vis shirt ! 


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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:01 PM

It's pretty much the class signifier of the millennium...

 

About 8AM or so in say Southern Cross station or Central up in Sydney, it's either hi-vis or a suit, nothing much in between but students and addicts. Anyway, sorry to drag this OT  ;)


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#10 Jordan Watson

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:30 PM

You couldn't be more accurate! This is definitely a time where there won't be anyone short of needing someone to build your house or fix a power black-out. 


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