Aerial Filming of Cruise Ships in Plymouth Harbour

We have had the privilege of collaborating on numerous projects with the Cattewater Harbour Master Commissioners (CHMC), where our focus has been on capturing captivating footage of cruise ships during their visits to the picturesque Plymouth Harbour. 

Equipment Utilised: Our equipment arsenal includes a range of top-tier devices tailored to our filming needs: 

  • Canon 17-35mm f/4 L lens 
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L lens 
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L lens 
  • Canon 5D Mark IV camera body 
  • DJI Inspire 2 drone 
  • DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone 
  • DJI Mavic 3 Pro drone 
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro drone 

Operational Approach: In our pursuit of stunning visuals, we have frequently embarked on filming missions from the pilot vessel. During these engagements, we have demonstrated exceptional communication with the pilots to ensure the safe deployment and retrieval of our drones. This concerted effort guarantees that our aerial footage is acquired without endangering the operational integrity of the cruise ships and the safety of those on board. 

Adherence to Regulatory Guidelines: Our commitment to complying with established regulations is unwavering. To operate within the legal framework, we diligently launch our drones from boats, enabling us to film cruise ships situated at a significant distance from the shoreline. This practice not only guarantees the legality of our work but also facilitates the execution of precise and close-quarters flying, all while upholding a secure environment for both our team and the cruise ships’ passengers. 

Benefits of Boat-Based Launching: Launching from boats provides several strategic advantages: 

  • Legal Compliance: By adhering to maritime regulations, we safeguard our operations from legal implications. 
  • Enhanced Creativity: Our ability to capture intricate shots with close proximity to the cruise ships fosters creativity and elevates the quality of our footage. 
  • Minimized Risk: Launching from boats minimizes the risk of drone accidents on land and ensures the safety of bystanders. 
  • Professional Precision: Boat-based launches facilitate achieving the desired angles and compositions, resulting in top-notch cinematic output. 

Conclusion: Our ongoing collaboration with the CHMC has yielded exceptional results, showcasing the allure of cruise ships as they grace Plymouth Harbour. Through the astute utilisation of cutting-edge equipment, adherence to regulatory standards, and a commitment to safe practices, we continue to deliver visually captivating and legally compliant aerial footage. The synergy between our team’s technical expertise and the operational strategies employed underscores our dedication to producing outstanding content while prioritizing safety and adherence to regulations.