BY: ROB HOFFMAN
Filmmaker and photographer, Will Burrard-Lucas, managed to capture this unbelievable footage of the Serengeti’s stunning landscape and unparalleled wildlife in a matter of two weeks—a notion that would surely draw an insurmountable chorus of sighs from the original Planet Earth videographers.
Drones have opened the door to an entirely new realm of photography and videography, especially when attempting shots in perilous climates, or in the vicinity of wild and hungry plain-dwelling animals.
Burrard-Lucas developed his own drone technology by hanging a stabilized gimbal beneath the spinning blades to capture incredibly smooth footage. His customized drone, which he calls the “BeetleCopter,” supports cameras “ranging from a GoPro up to a Canon 5D Mark III.” The following footage of the Serengeti was recorded with a GoPro Hero 3+, with Burrard-Lucas claiming to film at distances up to a kilometre away from the drone. On his website, he contends that “These devices have incredible potential in wildlife filmmaking and photography; they are quieter and more manoeuvrable than a normal helicopter so they can get closer to animals with minimal disturbance.” After watching his footage from the Serengeti, I would tend to agree.