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Aerial Filming Case Study – Nancy Glass Productions

Nancy Glass Productions (now Glass Entertainment) is a major player in the Reality TV world.  With shows such as Tanked along with many others running on NatGeo, Discovery, Travel and Food Network this Pennsylvania based company is always on the move.

We were approached to work on a documentary titled Kalmar Nyckel – The Forgotten Journey.

Ben Fetterman, Nancy Glass Productions director of business development, was on hand overseeing the filming in Lewes DE. He said he sees a lot of opportunity in telling the story of the Kalmar Nyckel. “The interest in tall ships grows every year”, he said, pointing to the tall ship meeting on the Delaware River in Philadelphia earlier in June. “It was a huge success,” he said. Fetterman said the largest challenge of filming would also be the biggest gift – the ship itself. A vessel of this size presents logistical issues, he said, but there’s “no better or more realistic subject to capture.” Heed said the documentary will be used for educational purposes for Delaware students, but the ultimate goal is have it run on a cable channel like Discovery or National Geographic.

Our crew spent the day on the water following the Kalmar Nyckel on a chase boat. Filming was done with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and one of our custom built octocopters.  An HD downlink was provided for the production crew as well as our camera operator.  We captured everything from establishing shots to close up shots of crew working the sails and enjoyed helping tell the tale of this tall ship.

View the trailer here