Aerial Video Demo Reel

Selected works, 2013-May 2014. More coming soon.

In late 2012, my interest in radio controlled multirotor helicopters peaked and in early 2013 I purchased my first copter and began to fly as much as possible. I knew that new developments in aerial video technology would bring about some big changes – the effects of which I’m really just now starting to see in my career as a Commercial Director/Director of Photography.

Brushless gimbals, GPS stabilized flight controllers, and lightweight high quality video cameras: make for an excellent combination to create low altitude aerial video footage.

Aerial video is just a piece in the puzzle. It has limitations, but it creates a highly economical and efficient way of getting super smooth footage that would be hard to achieve otherwise. I love integrating aerial footage into my shot lists and like the value it adds to my projects.

Shot with the DJI s1000 Octocopter, Zenmuse 5D M3 gimbal, DJI Phantom quadcopter, and Zenmuse Go Pro Gimbal.

The Porsche from the Winter of 53

Commercial Director/Racer Jeff Zwart and I exchange photos our cars being pushed to the limit. Whether its drifting or Jeff rallying – its a fun exchange.

When Jeff sent me a video of his Porsche 356 Pre-A sliding through the snow in Colorado – I knew we had to make a film about it. It turns out, like many cars, there is a great story behind that 356. Jeff originally purchased it after searching for a rental 356 for a Porsche Cayenne commercial. When his search returned no good options, he decided to try and buy one instead. He had no intention of keeping the 356 long term, however the car grew on him and turned out to be fun to wheel.

Thanks to Jeff Zwart for being one to drive cars to their full potential and for sharing the desire to create things constantly.

From Storyboard to Final Frame

YouTube video Thumbnail Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard window Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Slide Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Corner Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Scenic Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Reveal Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard In-Car Jeff Zwart Porsche 356 PRE A storyboard Helicopter Overhead

Compare my storyboard frames on the left with their finished video frames on the right – taken from my short film: The Porsche from the Winter of 53.

Frame direction has been changed on some to accommodate the real locations and available conditions when I arrived in Colorado to shoot. Also worth noting the Barn Frame changed from my original script. I originally thought it would be interesting to have Jeff’s Cayenne in front of the 356 and the reveal being the 356 driving out from behind it. However, I decided to simplify the story and leave the Cayenne out all together focusing entirely on the 356.

Shot in Woody Creek, Colorado at the end of March, 2014. Using my RED Epic camera Zeiss Lenses and my DJI s1000 Octocopter with a 5D MIII.

Will Roegge + Company’s RED Epic-X Camera Package






RED Epic-X #1907
RED AL PL & EF lens mounts
RED 18-85mm PL Zoom
RED 300mm PL Zoom
RED Mote Controller
RED Touch 5.0" monitor
4x 64gig SSD Media
Cinevate Durus Follow Focus
Wooden Camera Top & Bottom Riser plates
Wooden Camera Handle
Wooden Camera backplate for Anton Bauer gold mount
19mm Baseplate & Arri Dovetail
19mm Bridge plate lens support
O'Connor MB1 4x5.6 two filter Matte Box
5x Anton Bauer Dionic 90 batteries

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