It is an honour to be selected as a nominee for the New York City Drone Film Festival – 2016 (NYCDFF) for the expedition to Vanuatu’s Ambrym Volcano with Sam Cossman, Bradley Ambrose, Conor Tourmarkine, Geoff Mackley and our other team members including Willy who kept us safe and happy. It is possible I won’t be able to attend the Drone Film fest. It would have been such an awesome experience to meet the other amazing droners attending. Here is a preview of some of the entrants.
Being personally invited by Ford to film their unreleased vehicles has been one of the highlights of Jardine’s career as a specialist drone operator. As the footage captured was filmed in a top secret location with vehicles yet to be revealed, a video is not yet available for the public’s viewing. Needless to say, Ford were exceptionally impressed with Jardine’s precision flight ability.
As a specialist drone operator, Simon Jardine has been invited on many shoots for many different outfits including the BBC, Sam Cossman, Ford, Top Gear Australia and many more. As a freelance droner, Simon Jardine’s expertise is often required to obtain previously unthinkable aerial shots which most droners are incapable of achieving. His ability to fly low and fast as well as his highly tuned skill to read atmospheric situations and drone stability has led him to such places as Ambrym Volcano in Vanuatu to obtain never before seen footage of the newly formed lava lake. Tackling heats of above 600°, gail force winds, dust devils and cliff faces, Simon’s uncanny ability to operate the drone smoothly and effectively makes him one of the world’s most highly sought after specialist drone operators. Through a Droner’s Eyes – Ambrym, Vanuatu from Simon Jardine on Vimeo. WARNING – Course Language This is a compilation of clips taken this time last year in Vanuatu. It is from the perspective of the droner, in this case Simon Jardine of Aerobot. In order to obtain the spectacular drone footage seen in other videos by Sam Cossman, Simon had to conquer his fear of heights to descend the 4500ft drop into the active lava lake. Capturing the volcano had its challenges like thrusting hot air that affected the drone’s ability to fly stably. Big thanks to Bradley Ambrose for his super cool attitude, Sam Cossman for his awesomeness, Conor Tourmarkine for some seriously epic video work, Willy for getting us to and from the volcano safely, and the rest of the team for being there and the great work they do. Music by Chemical Brothers – The Test