Filming from an ABC balloon
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Filming from a balloon | Video & TV Production

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Filming from a balloon offers a very stable camera platform. Airship & Balloon Company owns a number of un-branded hot air balloons, which can be used for filming and TV. We regularly work with the main broadcasters and independent production companies and our balloons can carry cameraman, director and presenter - something a drone can’t do! ABC holds a UK Civil Aviation Authority Declared Balloon Operator Certificate and is a BBC Approved Aerial Filming Contractor - allowing them to film from our balloons. We also have a long association with a number of professional cameraman, including Lee Curran. Lee came to Marrakech with us, to film Richard Branson’s last Global Challenge flight for BBC and has produced our own Corporate Videos, the ‘Dog’ videos for Churchill and the Despicable Me2 video for Universal Pictures. Lee has flown with Nick Langley many times and has produced stunning aerial and ground-based images for our Clients. At the 2019 Bristol Fiesta, we flew Photographer Nick Smith and his wife, BBC Presenter Ali Vowles. Ali produced a TV piece for BBC Points West and several interviews for her Saturday morning BBC Radio programme, during the flight.

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During April 2021 we have been filming our new and very exciting Special Shape in a private location, which allowed us to free-fly and still keep the balloon details secret! We teamed up with Flying Pictures to use a GB Helicopters Squirrel Helicopter, with Pilot Will, DJI Inspire 2 drone and a couple of FPV drones. We managed to get all of the filming done with a couple of tethers and 3 free-flights, with perfect weather. All of the filming was in 4K and this was edited, prior to the on-line launch of the balloon in early May.
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These pictures show ABC flying a Finnish film crew, who were making a documentary with a profoundly deaf presenter, who was visiting Bristol Fiesta and wanted to experience flight in a completely new way. We had a great flight and landed with 50 other balloons at the North Somerset Showground.
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Drone footage commissioned by ABC of the Minion special shape balloon leaving Dover for a 22 mile flight across the English Channel.

Tethered for filming.

ABC worked with Michael Flately when we used this balloon, tethered above a Chateau, to create a promotional video for the Feet of Flame World Tour.
The balloon was produced in Bristol by Cameron Balloons and the artwork was fully photo-realistically printed.
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BBC Countrytracks - Ben Fogle

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BBC Autumn Watch - Martin Hughes-Gaines

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The balloons are available for use in the UK and abroad, on a daily or weekly basis.

Contact Nick Langley to discuss - a site visit may be necessary.

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