Red Bull Barnstorming


About Red Bull Barnstorming

What happens when you fly two 'Flying Bull' planes through a hangar in Wales whilst in formation at 185mph? 

 

Red Bull asked us to make a series of films with ace pilots Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones. This world first was shot on location over three nerve wracking days with a total of 27 different cameras. 

The three films included an Action edit that cut right to the chase (or the fly through), an Aviation Edit for the tech heads and a longer documentary edit that revealed more of the process behind this world first.

Info

Brief: 3x Short Films 

Location: Wales, UK

Client: Red Bull

Year: 2015



Documentary




The Aviation Edit


Behind the Scenes Feature

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Paul Bonhomme gets to grips with a GoPro.


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The Crew watch from the ground.


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Pimp my Trolly. Moving gear around the runways and hangar required some serious kit and some serious trollys.


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Director of Photography Tiago Kingwell rigs one of the many GoPro's that were used to capture the action.


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Final checks. Paul Bonhomme inspects his aircraft and the GoPros and sound recording equipment that was rigged outside and inside the cockpit.


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Last man in the heli. The Cineflex operator jumps back in the helicopter after wiping bugs off the helicopter mounted camera and lens. An occupational hazard.


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The final moments. Paul and Steve were putting their lives on the line. As much as we wanted to capture the entire story it was vital to let them have the last few minutes before the flight alone - a moment to get into the right headspace.


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Taking cover. The Crew watched the aerobatics from inside the hangar so as to keep out of shot whilst the helicopter captured the action from the air.


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The emerging moment and relief. The crew capture the action from a safe distance. Watching the planes enter the hangar was a terrifying moment. Months of planning and they just disappear. The sound of the engines went quiet and muffled by the building. That moment lasted an age. And finally they roar out the other end - all parts intact. Mega relieved crew. Image ©Stewart MacKellar


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Getting close to the action. A remotely trigger hi-speed Phantom camera is secured to the runway just a few feet beneath the emerging aircraft.


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The crew jump in to get the first reactions from Paul and Steve after their first successful flight through the hangar. Image ©Stewart MacKellar


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A spot of cabling. Backing up the footage on location was a mammoth task. Owing to the high frame rates and number of cameras involved the project quickly amounted to 12TB's.


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