HFS captured aerial footage on set in Hendon, U.K., for 10 days during the production of the film. The three-person crew flew the AERIGON carrying the RED Dragon.
‘The AERIGON drone was able to fly at lower altitude than the helicopter – giving us lower, more dramatic sweeping camera moves than we’d have been able to get otherwise,’ says Christopher Townsend, overall production visual effects (VFX) supervisor on Avengers: Age of Ultron. ‘It was quick and efficient to get it flying, with real-time visual feedback. The resulting footage was great, stable and clean – which was an absolute necessity, as we were using it as background plates, into which we added [computer-generated] VFX elements.’
The aerial crew shot background plates and live action under the instruction of Joss Whedon, director; John Mahaffie, the second unit director; Ben Davis, the director of photography; and the VFX supervisors, including Townsend.
HFS created aerial view plates of a town before and after its destruction. The camera was aimed to cover off the set in tiles so that the plates would cover more space than would the camera’s field of view. Using these plates, the VFX team then built a 3D model of the town.
The company says it has operated the AERIGON on other feature film productions, including Into the Woods, and upcoming films, including Now You See Me: The Second Act, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Spectre, and The Huntsman.