XMAG Issue 13

LION – A LONG WAY HOME

We are hugely proud of the achievements of the multi-award nominated feature film, Lion, including Best Picture at this year’s Oscars.

We were fortunate to be chosen as the prime aerial drone team, capturing the beautiful shots in India, and in particular very excited to have the closing shot of the movie.

It was a real pleasure working with Garth Davis and Greig Fraser to help bring their vision to life. We congratulate both of them on the success of the film and the acknowledgement it has gained from movie goers and awards organisations alike.

Our Chief Aerial Cinematographer, Stephen Oh has commented that, “shooting Lion was an amazing experience. There were significant challenges we faced as drone use was not common in India and we were filming in some very remote and harsh environments.”

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Luke Annells, our Chief Pilot followed on that, “remember, this was 2 1/2 years ago and the technology was still in its infancy, so we had to really innovate to create a solution and workflows that would ensure we had 100% reliability and top quality. Greig had extremely high expectations and a grand vision, which required us to dig deep and develop a platform and system that didn’t exist anywhere else in the world at that time. It was a massive achievement, but the result speaks for itself.”

We are over the moon for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman for their Best Supporting Role nominations for this years Oscars as well as for their wins in the same categories at the AACTA awards last month.