About us


Bristol Drone Operator

We're a fully licensed, CAA approved UK drone company providing high end aerial cinematography and photography services. Collectively, our team has accrued decades of experience working in the film, tv and photographic industries and we all know our way around a busy set. At Beehive, we're all technology nerds at heart, with very high standards and an obsession with cinematography and the arts, not to mention flying...

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Flying is in our blood

As a company we're very familiar with the world of aviation. Our chief pilot is BNUC-S and BMFA certified, with a background flying full size aeroplanes and 3D helicopters. He was also a professional photographer before setting up Beehive Aerial. The fusion of all these bespoke disciplines and our extensive background in film and aviation make Beehive Aerial a competent, safe and reliable aerial drone unit.

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Safe, Professional and REliable Drone unit

It goes without saying that safety is very important doing what we do, so we won't fly in conditions which we think could be dangerous. But we do have the confidence and skills required to fly hard and push the envelope in order to get all those dynamic and exciting shots that you might want! We have a specialist, CAA approved insurance policy with £5m of Aviation and Public Liability cover in place and every shoot is planned and conducted with the utmost care. We'll complete a risk assessment, site survey and pre-flight check before every job so we can fly with confidence on the day, safe in the knowledge that we're not putting anyone or anything in harms way!

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Shotover U1 Cinema Drone

 

The ultimate heavy Lift machine

 

We are currently one of the only companies in the UK to offer the Shotover U1, the ultimate system for high end cinema applications. Weighing in at 40KG fully laiden, the Shotover U1 is a serious piece of hardware. You get full camera and lens control via a proprietary Shotover gimbal control system - the same technology that Shotover utilises in their full size, world class helicopter gimbals. The powerful Shotover G1 gimbal can accommodate a range of heavy camera and lens options, so we can fly high end cinema setups at high speeds, in areas inaccessible by helicopters, with negligible degradation to stability. To put it simply, the Shotover U1... is a beast!

 

Aircraft & Equipment

Shotover u1

Weighing in at 40KG fully laiden, the Shotover U1 is a serious piece of hardware. You get full camera and lens control via a proprietary Shotover gimbal control system - the same technology that Shotover utilises in their full size, world class helicopter gimbals. The powerful G1 gimbal can accommodate a range of heavy camera and lens options, so we can fly high end cinema setups at high speeds, in areas inaccessible by helicopters, with negligible degradation to stability with this thing. To put it simply, the Shotover U1... is a beast!

Gryphon Dynamics x8

The Gryphon Dynamics X8 carries the Freefly MōVI M15 gimbal, which is capable of carrying high end cinema camera and prime lens combinations. The Raven is a great choice for Film, TV or Drama productions if you're looking to fly our Arri Alexa Mini or something similar. We can also provide a full set of Zeiss Standard Speed lenses at competitive price if required. The MoVI M15 can also quickly and easily be used in a handheld configuration between the aerial shots if required. Optional lens control is available on request.

DJI S900 Pixhawk

Our S900 (more affectionately known as 'Bumble Bee'), is a versatile aerial system which incorporates a state of the art Gremsy T3 gimbal. This is usually equiped with either a Sony A7Rii or A7Sii but can also carry a Panasonic GH4 or GH5. Bumble features a Pixhawk Flight controller which offers advanced flight planning using GPS waypoint. This is ideal when carrying out exactly the same manoeuvres more than once or for precise and complex routes.

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DJI Inspire 2

The DJI Inspire 2 is a total game changer. This thing makes it possible to film 5.2K Raw video with an inter-changeable lens system all in a sub 4KG aerial package! The Inspire 2 is dripping with incredible features such as a high speed sport mode allowing flight of up to 60mph, internal Raw and Prores recording, 4K at up to 60fps and multiple lens options. The quality this thing produces has been compared favourably to high end cinema cameras!

DJI Inspire 1 Pro

Our DJI Inspire 1 (AKA 'Honey Bee'), is an absolute workhorse. A highly efficient and robust system, the Inspire is the perfect drone for lower budget TV or corporate productions and it's highly portable making overseas work easy. The X5 camera is an inter-changable lens system capable of recording 4K video and capturing 16MP Raw photographs. We have a range of Olympus lenses which allows us to get closer to the action for truly cinematic shots.


Cameras

Arri Alexa Mini

This camera needs no introduction... It's Epic (but not Red)! Our Alexa Mini is available for hire at a very competitive rate if you choose to include it when booking with us.

SONY F55

A popular choice, the F55 will match to so many other Sony cameras thanks to Sony's brilliant S-LOG and Cine shooting modes, making it very easy to slot into your post production workflow.

Sony A7Rii

A great choice if you want to shoot beautiful 4K video with Super 35 cine lenses in a small form factor package. Exceptionally good in low light conditions and also capable of 42mp stills.