I was asked by Helen Bolter from The Moirae Films to shoot some aerial shots from a hot air balloon for her latest short film. It was incredible to say the least!
On the morning of the shoot we woke up at 3.30am, dressed warm and drove to the location. When we arrived the valley was completely fogged over so we couldn’t see anything. Unsure if it was going to clear up, we decided to have a hot drink and sit it out. Bit by bit the sun began to rise over the bridge and we still weren’t sure whether or not we would be filming. However as the sun rose so did the fog and we decided to go for it. We set up the hot air balloon and took off. It was amazing, I felt like a feather gently floating through the sky. As it was a very small basket I had to keep the kit to a minimum so I could easily move around the basket without too much hassle. To film the aerial shots I used a Canon 550D, a tripod, the kit lens and a strap to tie the camera to my belt incase I accidentally dropped it.
The only word to describe being up in the hot air balloon is magical. The sensation of being in the air with no engine noise humming in the background and no wings on either side is completely unreal and sensational. We were in the air for over and an hour and a half and we managed to get lots of beautiful shots.
Thanks to: Helen Bolter, Lt. Col Huw Parker, Adam Jones, Paloma Connolly & the Royal Engineers Balloon Club for making the magic happen.