The Natural History Film Unit (NHFU) recently relied on an Aerigon aerial remote camera platform from Intuitive Aerial, outfitted with a RED Dragon camera to capture some of the sweeping overhead images for the latest Taylor Swift music video, “Wildest Dreams.” Staged as a period film shoot on the African Savannah, the richly produced music video incorporates stunning aerial scenes of wildlife, thanks in part to the stability and lift capacity of Aerigon, which gives filmmakers full in-flight camera controls.
“We used Aerigon to capture nature shots for the video,” said Brad Bestelink, director and producer at NHFU, based in Botswana. “We shot some great zebra and elephant material from the UAV over a two-day period.” While most of the aerials were captured from a helicopter, the Aerigon footage can be seen at the beginning of the video.
Designed and built by Swedish manufacturer Intuitive Aerial, Aerigon provides the performance and precision necessary for modern cinema and Ultra HD camera capture. The payload capacity of the Aerigon allows operators to use it with virtually any modern production camera.
The Aerigon gimbal has an advanced stabilization system and is operated from the ground via the new Dominion gimbal control unit, which permits wireless, precision control of the remotely operated gimbal, camera and lens.
The NHFU has relied on the Aerigon for its high-profile nature docs for BBC Natural World, National Geographic Wild and Animal Planet.
Directed by Joseph Kahn, Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams” has been viewed over 90 million times on YouTube. Swift is donating proceeds from the video to animal conservation efforts through the African Parks Foundation of America.