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BBC Natural History Unit

For its latest landmark series, the BBC’s Natural History Unit had a tough challenge. Seven Worlds would see staff filming on every continent, and flying out specialist drone operators was not an option. Instead, the team turned to Consortiq, who provided specialist media drone training to producers, researchers and camera operators. 

This course, the UAQ-Media, is unique in the UK. It’s a full end-to-end solution for drone film-makers with no prior flying experience. On the foundation of a UK CAA-approved ground school, Consortiq has built a complete package of basic flight training and scenario-based shooting tasks. Training was organised around production schedules, and at locations to suit.

Challenge

To train production staff with no prior experience of drones how to fly safely and creatively in challenging location on a high-production-value series. 


Solution

  • Creation of the UAQ-Media, a course which adds exemplary safety standards and high levels of creativity to a foundation course
  • Scenario-based training which replicates as closely as possible the production environment
  • Tailored to the schedules of highly utilized production staff

Benefits

Staff are able to operate confidently right from the first day of production. There are also considerable cost savings against the cost of procuring operators externally. Additionally, accountable managers can be confident that operations are being conducted to the highest standard.

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