Last years cinematic trailer, a one-take drone shot for Evel Live:
On July 7th, 2019, Beverly Hills Aerials provided live cinema-camera heavylift drone coverage of History channel’s Evel Live 2 stunts and event. Evel Live 2 is the second installment of Evel Live, a live broadcast where last year adrenaline junkie Travis Pastrana jumped over the Caesar’s Palace water fountains in Las Vegas. While we shot cinematic trailers for both events, this was the first time we had provided live aerial coverage with our heavy lift drone the Alta 8.
Evel Live 2 cinematic trailer:
Evel Live 2 was shot at the San Bernardino International Airport which necessitated the use of our pre-authorized FAA airspace waiver for the region, something which can take upwards of 9 months to be approved. In order for our drone’s video feed to play nicely for the live 1-hour event and so we could maximize airtime, we decided to go with the lightweight Panasonic GH5s with the Tokina 11-20mm cinema zoom lens. This camera could output the 60fps 1080i that the network needed for our footage to integrate seamlessly into their workflow yet remained lightweight enough for us to maximize the number of minutes the octocopter could stay airborne.
Unfortunately, Axell Hodges was not able to perform his record-setting distance jump because of an injury before the event but Vickie Golden, a top-notch athlete in her own right, set her own world record by smashing through 13 flaming wooden walls. She arrived by helicopter, our drone closely following behind and then orbiting the single-rotor aircraft as we had coordinated and practiced many times before the live-event.
All in all, Evel Live 2 was a very technical and challenging experience both during pre-production and during the event itself. We look forward to seeing Axell Hodges heal up soon so he can break his own world record on live tv! We’ll be ready for when he is.