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AERIGON UAVs Capture
'Giant Killers'

Brad Bestelink, Director and Producer at NHFU

T

he Natural History Film Unit
(NHFU), based in Botswana, relied
on an AERIGON UAV to capture aerial
images of predators and prey for BBC
Natural World's The Return of the Giant
Killers - Africa's Lion Kings.
The result is ground-breaking 4K
footage of lions as they track their
buffalo prey in the wild and an
incredible audience experience of
nature.
A professional airborne camera
platform,
AERIGON
allows
the
filmmakers to capture overhead
angles
and
perspectives
with
precision, efficiently, and with minimal
environmental impact.
"The AERIGON is unique in that it's
the most stable system out there," said
Brad Bestelink, Director and Producer
at NHFU. "We chose it because it was
the first to reliably fly a 4K camera,
which is our main acquisition format."
The NHFU used RED Dragon cameras
on the project and AERIGON is the only

serially manufactured UAV built for
full-sized cinema cameras and lenses.
With a total payload capacity of 35
lbs, AERIGON can carry over 20 lbs
of camera equipment, along with its
gimbal.
The
AERIGON
gimbal
offers
advanced stabilisation for cameras
and professional zoom lenses, and
complete Focus, Iris, Zoom controls.
With AERIGON, Bestelink and his
crew could move through the bush
with the individual AERIGON gimbal
and helicopter components already
assembled. This allowed the team
to get their cameras into the air and
ready to shoot in short order.
"We tell raw, real stories," Bestelink
said. "It's a refreshing look at the
natural world. We find that audiences
prefer honesty to feel-good fantasies
of wildlife. And, interestingly, when
people see nature the way it really
is, they end up caring more about
animals."

In one stand-out sequence, the
team caught the moment where a
new leader of the pride is established
during a confrontation with a herd of
buffalo as a young female lion takes
the place of her mother. Only from
the air can we see the full menace
of what she is facing: it is not just a
line of buffalo, but a massive herd of
thousands.
Likewise, while the audience can
grasp that the Savute Marsh is difficult
for the lions to cross, the true measure

of the journey can only be seen from
the air. Along with the BBC, the NHFU
also produces shows for National
Geographic Wild and Animal Planet
USA, as well as other clients and
projects.
The company prides itself on filming
only wild animals in their natural
habitat. By shooting in 4K, 5K, and
even 6K, the team is able to capture
behaviour that has never been filmed
before, including high-speed footage
of large predators at 2K and 225 fps.


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