Adventure Movies were tasked to develop a shoot plan that required shooting stabilised aerials over the entire length of NZ from top to bottom.
The shoot was ambitious in that it required multi helicopter logistics in expansive remote and mountainous terrain, all which had to be coordinated in conjunction with a ground based film crew.
Comprehensive creative, logistics and safety planning and many late nights resulted in an extensive plan covering the length of NZ which incorporated air to air and air to ground shooting over the summit of Aoraki, Mount Cook as well as various challenging sequences in Milford, Fiordland, Mount Ruapehu and the Volcanic plateau in the central North Island and beyond.
We had to liaise with national transportation organisations to secure filming rights in controlled air space in addition to communicating with a variety of operators and land owners to facilitate landing permits and refuel stations.
Adventure Movies only work with the top industry professionals and for this project we chose Alfie Speight as our film pilot. Alfie has an extensive credit list and notably was the film pilot for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with Adventure Movies principal Andy Salek the Aerial DP.
Additional to the aerial component Adventure Movies had to facilitate all the locations and safety management services required by such an extensive aerial and ground based shoot.