I was invited on Sunday by Warren of Spike Productions to go to a closed filming session at Castle Cornet which I happily accepted. I won't reveal too much as I was only engaged to provide a small amount of aerial material for the larger project, but I can say that it involved the 2014 downhill mountain bike world champ, Manon Carpenter, who spent over 5 hours riding down and then walking back up various parts of the castle. She must have been destroyed by the time it came to pack up and catch her flight back to the mainland.
Manon's job was to help promote an event next year and, as well as riding around the castle, was very pro-active in sharing ideas with Warren and camera guru James (seen below crouched on the receiving end of a small gravel shower!)
The sun did eventually arrive for us which was a bonus, but did little for the slippery conditions in certain places. Manon did suffer a couple of 'offs' but nothing to wreck the enjoyable day. My rotor protectors also had their first outing and they served their purpose as there was one section of filming that started in a tunnel and required manual control with no GPS assistance. A brief swirl of wind caught the quadcopter and nudged it against the centuries-old stone work.
The time went really quickly even though I wasn't flying too often. In between flights, I took the opportunity to take a few ground shots of Manon in action and I'm quite pleased with the results given that I don't try and capture sports or action very often. So a good day on the ground as well as from the sky.