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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Hatherleigh men who makes things fly film Ilfracombe's Verity statue

By NDJJoel  |  Posted: March 28, 2013

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A company which specialises in aerial videography has made a unique film of Damien Hirst’s Verity statue using cameras mounted on miniature helicopters.

Hatherleigh firm Flyonix created the video last month using its Octo-copter sky jib – a miniature helicopter with eight propellers and a camera harness.

The company featured in the Journal last year after it created a national television advert for Avios in which company owners Ben Whiting, Rupert Brandon-King and Ben Bailey made household objects like barbecues, shopping baskets, lawnmowers and washing machines fly.

Ben, 33, from Hatherleigh, said their latest film is designed to give a unique perspective of the controversial Ilfracombe landmark which was loaned to the town by the world’s richest living artist last year.

Damien Hirst - Verity from flyonix on Vimeo.

Ben said: “We filmed this about a month ago on a very cold and windy day.

“We used our Octo-copter with a Sony A77 digital SLR camera attached to it.

“We are all very interested in Verity, she’s both fascinating and local so we thought she’d be a great subject for a video.

“The film gives people a truly unique view of the statue with close up shots of her face, body and sword which you wouldn’t normally be able to see when standing on the ground.”

Ben also admitted to an ulterior motive for creating the film.

He said: “A lot of people search for Verity on the internet so we’re hoping they might stumble across our video in the process.

“We’re hoping Damien Hirst himself will see it and who knows, it might lead to a commission.”

Ben said the company has been working on several new films, including a music video for German folk-rock band Santiano.

He said: “We filmed this video all over Devon at locations including Plymouth, Dartmouth and a farm in Shebbear.

“It was a really exciting project to be involved with because we got to use a Red Epic camera which shoots ultra-high resolution 5K footage at 400 frames per second.

“It’s high end industry equipment and it was good fun.”

For more information about the firm visit www.flyonix.com.

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