Flying High – Octocopter

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.

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 and even managed to fit in shooting a commercial video that shows off Ribeye Boats. I controlled the camera using a remote control and Simon controlled the Octocopter – it was great fun! The weather was incredible, blue skys for the whole week. Here are a few photos from our adventures:

If you’re interested in purchasing or hiring an Octocopter you can email Simon at:

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