I'm Jamie Bellinger, a CAA-accredited drone operator based in Bath, Somerset.
I work with filmmakers, advertisers, content creators and small businesses to deliver beautiful, quality aerial video and photography.
I fly a DJI Mavic 2 Pro, a powerful and highly capable UAV favoured by many aerial videographers. The Mavic shoots at up to 4K resolution and up to 60 frames per second, allowing frame-cropping and slow-motion action. The 1-inch Hasselblad sensor produces a super-crisp image with beautiful depth, rich colours and sharp details.
As a qualified pilot, I can film in most circumstances but there are certain exceptions. All drones are limited to a height of 400ft above ground and must remain 50m from members of the public and 150m from large crowds (e.g. music festivals). That said, there is nearly always a way to make a job work. We can even fly indoors, e.g. in warehouses or conference halls! My CAA accreditation gives more flexibility about where I can operate, so it's always worth enquiring. I'll advise on whether a job can be done within the bounds of safety and legality, giving peace of mind and leaving you to focus on other things.
Yes. Although many drone owners unfortunately fly without permission, I hold a PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operation) from the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority), permitting me to carry out commercial drone work. The PfCO is only awarded after comprehensive training and flight, theory and legal assessments.
Yes. Aerial work of course carries a small amount of risk, but I am trained and experienced in minimising this risk and mitigating against any potential hazards. Every shoot is covered by comprehensive drone-specialist insurance including public liability to the value of £10m, and sole responsibility rests with me.
COVID-19: In the current situation, I am taking extra precautions to operate safely. If you or a representative wish to attend the shoot and work with me, we can easily do so from a safe social distance. This recent project with Tom Scott was carried out with social distancing at all times, for example. If you have any concerns about this, get in touch and I'll be more than happy to discuss options.
Unfortunately, weather is always a risk factor with aerial filming and photography. Rain, strong winds or severe fog can write off a shoot. I always factor this in and will make a judgement call in the days before a job. If the weather means a shoot has to be cancelled, I will liaise with you beforehand and rearrange for a new date at no extra charge; only the additional expenses of transport, insurance, etc. Occasionally a flight may need to be cancelled on the day, if weather conditions change suddenly. In this instance, the same applies: we can rearrange for a new date at minimal cost.