You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat

June 27, 2018

You’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat

Filming coastal locations can be tricky, but with years of experience at the helm we’ve learnt what works and what doesn’t.

You may want to film at sea, or capture a bird’s eye view of the coastline, but what do you need to consider when trying to get that perfect coastal shot?


Don’t Fall In

You may think that one of the trickiest obstacles to overcome whilst filming at sea is the fact that you are actually at sea and that means bopping up and down on a boat. However, the power of technology, and more specifically, camera stabilisation, means we can film in this environment and the footage captured will appear stable as though shot on land. Awesome huh?!

Contrary to the title of this blog post, you don’t necessarily need a big boat to go and film out on the water. But, do consider the amount of equipment and crew members you have and ensure the boat you will be using has sufficient space. With our rib, which is big enough for 12 members of crew, we can film large scale projects which require more equipment, as well as any smaller projects.



One of the biggest considerations when filming out at sea that you need to be aware of is the weather. It may be a lovely day on land, but it can quickly turn as soon as you are away from the shoreline. Keeping an eye on the shipping forecast, not just the regular weather forecast, is crucial for safety as well as knowing if you can get that perfect shot or not.



Another factor to bear in mind is the tide. The water may have been perfect when you went for that afternoon recce, but will it be there for your 5am sunrise shoot? Making sure you can get out to sea and get back to land safely is crucial and potentially easily overlooked.

And finally, the golden rule of filming out at sea… don’t fall in!


A Bird’s Eye View

Filming from above can provide stunning visuals, both photographic and in film. Using a drone for aerial filming provides unique views of a location that may have not been seen before. But, as with filming out at sea, there are some considerations to be thought about, as well as drone regulations which need to be adhered to.



With any drone flying, the biggest aspect to consider is the wind. If the winds are too high, or gusts are forecast, the drone cannot fly, instantly putting an end to your filming plans. Filming along a coastline can also prove even more tricky with the added off shore wind. It’s worth considering that you may be able to fly your drone out over the sea, but if the wind is pushing against you on the way back to shore, it may be bye bye drone! However, as you can’t fly over people in a public place, flying out over the water and looking back at the coast may be the only option to get the shot, just with added risk.

The take-off and landing location also need to be considered and possibly prepped. If the surface is uneven, a stone or sandy beach for example, as well as on an embankment, you risk damaging the camera on landing. Ensuring you have a flat surface to take-off and land is crucial for any drone flying.



Although filming away from the security of having land under your feet can be intimidating, it really can produce some amazing results in both film and photographs.

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