Creative highlights video of the day I went flying over Yorkshire to Breighton Airfield on a small two-seated aircraft piloted by my friend Mike.
Filmed all handheld in 4K resolution at 25fps using Panasonic Lumix GH4 with Samyang 12mm and Lumix 42.5mm lenses. It was tricky changing memory cards and lenses whilst airborne because I feared a sudden period of turbulence could make me drop things to an inaccessible place on the floor of the tiny cockpit. Not to mention I had to bear the long cable of the headset around my arms occasionally disrupting my filming, and at the same time I had to hold my camera bag on my lap because there were pedals moving at my feet that mustn’t be blocked. Luckily, it was a sunny day and the plane glided smoothly through the air.
In post production, it was great fun arranging the shots I took into a cohesive story but the challenging part came when I began colour correcting and colour grading the aerial footage. The Lumetri Scopes in Premiere CC failed to display colour balance accurately. I think this is due to sunlight being reflected into the camera from the cockpit glass. The original footage, shot on Cinelike D flat picture profile, appeared quite desaturated and hazy as well. Eventually, I managed to create the colourful look you can see on the film below:
Music: Hokori by Yusuke Tsutsumi – http://www.artificialnakedwoman.com