I went down to Devon to spend a week with the legendary Simon Nibblett, a natural history unit cameraman who’s currently developing a remote control helicopter called the ‘Octocopter’, which can fly cinema quality cameras such as the Red Epic. Simon has been working on this amazing piece of machinery for over a year now. He’s constantly developing and reworking it to perfection. My friend Oli and I were fortunate enough to be there when Simon flew the Epic for the first time and it was amazing to see all of Simons hard work and perseverance pay off. Here’s a video I put together from a mornings filming with jet boats and the Octocopter:
(Click here to watch video in High Definition)
It’s incredible to think how much potential the Octocopter has and how very soon everyone is going to want to get their hands on one. What’s most impressive about the Octocopter is that it can film close to the ground and in tight spaces which can’t be achieved with a helicopter. It’s also much cheaper to run and only needs a very small space to take off. With this amazing piece of kit, the world is really your oyster.
Simon and I went to different spots around Devon to film test shots. The weather was incredible, blue skys for the whole week. We filmed sunsets, lakes, mountains and speed boats. Here are a few photos from our adventurous test flights:
If you’re interested in purchasing or hiring an Octocopter you can email Simon at: email@example.com
A huge thanks to Ribeye for allowing us the use of their three very sexy jet boats.