It’s a view of the city quite like none you have ever seen before.
Hive Studios have had their drone pilots out and about filming some of the North West’s most beautiful spots.
Last week’s video of Derry’s Walls taken by the unmanned aerial vehicle piloted by Jack Farrell and Ciaran Downey has already had almost 5,000 views.
Beginning at St Columb’s Cathedral the drone plane takes the viewer across the city, right around the historic walls finishing in Derry’s Bogside.
Jack and Ciaran have also mapped the Wildlife Sanctuary at Inch Island, Co. Donegal, Grianan Fort, the Cycle Path and the River Foyle.
The Hive Studios based in Rathmor Shopping Centre are a digital media hub which provides computer training, 3d software, and video editing.
“We just thought it was a good idea to get the drone and the camera,” said Jack.
“Not too many people are doing this kind of filming.”
He revealed to film like this they need a commercial licence.
“Only around 120 people in the U.K. have a commercial licence,” he said.
“The drone plane can be flown at a maximum height of 400 feet. But we can’t fly it in the rain, and even in the wind it can get shaky.”
But the most striking part of the drone plane’s footage are the unique ascending shots.
At the moment the pair are editing the videos and sharing them on facebook.
And they both admit the drone filming has been a labour of love.
“It’s such an interesting thing to be doing,” said Jack. “Facebook has been a great way to get the videos shown. They’ve been really popular. When we’re filming out and about people are always interested in what we are doing too.”
Garbhan Downey of Hive Studios explained that the project has been funded by DCAL, Creggan Enterprises and Guildhall Press.
And he says the next step is to move the project on to explore whether it can be sustained as a business.
“There is so much potential here,” he said. “Street mapping or even working for builders. We spoke recently to a quantity surveyor who said he could see it working in terms of measuring for scaffolding.
“We’re also looking at educational benefits, partnering with local schools and summer schemes. There is also a huge tourism potential with the great views of the walls really showing the city at its best.”
Check out the videos on www.facebook.com/hivestudiosderry