This project was one of the most exciting aerial videography projects we’ve completed recently. For example, we travelled over 500 Km in a day from Kuala Lumpur to Penang then to Cameron Highlands across 3 states to record aerial shots before last light.
It all began when we were contacted by Eccholine, the creators of Dutch reality show ‘Pekin Express’. In this show, contestants were dropped in an unfamiliar location, given €1 and told to proceed to a place much further away. The adventure and drama that enfolds, of how they get there, is priceless.
Our brief was to head to famous places along the west coast of Malaysia and capture aerial videos of buildings, roads, modes of transportation, highways, roads and landmarks.
Initially the producers wanted full HD videos but they took our advice and went for our premium 4K resolution.
The first day was the most hectic. We started at 4.30am from the city of Kuala Lumpur and headed off to Penang for our first aerial shots. Then, we journeyed up the windy and narrow road to Cameron Highlands to film the Bharat Tea Plantation. By the time we landed our last flight of the day, the sun was already setting.
The following day, we drove down to Kuala Lumpur’s city center to film the city skyline, especially the majestic Petronas Twin Towers. While the drive was uneventful, the flight was troubled with loss of signal (putting our UAS briefly into autopilot mode), loss of GPS triangulation and even glitches in video downlink.
Depth perception in the heart of the city surrounded by a concrete jungle is intensely tested. It’s no wonder many others have faced similar (and even worse) problems. Anyway, we got the money shot and headed off to Batu Caves.
We proceeded to film the well known Hindu temple with its golden statue of Lord Murugan, famous as the 2nd tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. The following day, we headed off the the historic city of Malacca.
The centuries old crimson-hued Church Of Christ in the middle of the city was next. We made a few low altitude flights over the Church and the town. The flights were not as easy as it seemed; trees, lamp posts and electrical and phone cables kept us on our toes.
After a delightful lunch, we left for Johore. It started raining when we arrived but the rain made the city glisten and the clouds softened the hard shadows. We took videos of the city with its connecting highways and the famous clock tower at Dataran Bandaraya.
We were pleasantly surprised by the Johor State Administration building and how beautiful the architecture looked. We visited Legoland, from the air and wrapped for the day.
The following day, we delivered the footage to our client from Eccholine who reviewed them and complimented us on the shots. It was a busy week for us that ended with a happy client.