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John Gore is the owner and pilot of Drone Crew , the leading aerial octocopter drone filming company in southern Africa.

Having gained experience working with Sean Penn, Neill Blomkamp, Smithsonian, Nat Geo Wild - Big Cat Week, Earth Touch, Moonlighting, Lobster Tree, Sky 1, and many others, John Gore has established himself as the go to expert in aerial filming specializing in octocopter drone filming.

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Mooirivier - South African Feature Film

Monday, 02 February 2015 08:53

Mooirivier feature movieMooirivier, a South African feature film written and directed by Rene van Rooyen, has just been released in Cinemas in South Africa.

We provided the aerial footage with our Canon 5D on our octocopter drone in early 2014.

We loved working with this energetic South African crew!

The film is set in the town of Potchefstroom, about 2 hours from Joburg. We shot a number of scenic and establishing shots in and around Potchefstroom and surrounds.

The film was released at cinemas in South Africa in February 2015.

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Chappie - Feature Film

Sunday, 01 February 2015 11:18

Chappie feature film with drone shotsChappie is a feature film directed by Niell Blomkamp (well known for District 9) shot in South Africa in 2013 and early 2014.

We provided octocopter drone aerial filming with various cameras in late 2013.

The film is due for release in March 2015.

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RED Drone Filming in the Maldives

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 11:25

Maldives One and Only ResortWe had the wonderful opportunity to shoot for one of the top 10 Resorts in the world, the One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives.

Using the RED Scarlet on the octocopter drone, we captured some of the highlights of this wonderful man-made island in the Maldives.

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Alien Outpost - Feature Film

Monday, 05 January 2015 19:53

Alien Outpost feature film droneAlien Outpost is a feature film now in cinemas, directed by Jabbar Raisani, filmed in South African in 2013.

We shot some aerial footage using the 5D mark iii on the octocopter drone.

The film follows the story of a documentary film crew that follow an elite unit of soldiers in the wake of an alien invasion, as they defend the frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan in the year 2033.

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Drone filming with Kevin Richardson the Lion Whisperer

Friday, 05 December 2014 00:00

Drone filming Kevin Richardson with LionsWorking with wildlife is always a highlight for us, and the opportunity to work with a wildlife legend is truly an honor. Kevin Richardson is well known through various TV shows as the Lion Whisperer, for his amazing relationship with lions.

Working closely with 3 of Kevin's lions, we were able to capture some spectacular footage in 4k and in slowmotion of the lions in their natural habitat.

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Bootcamp Mzansi Celebrity Edition - SA Reality TV Series

Bootcamp Mzansi drone crewA South African reality TV series, Bootcamp Mzansi Celebrity Edition features thirteen contestants facing the challenges and workouts set out by a cast of handpicked celebrity trainers.

We filmed drone footage with our octocopter drone to add some unique angles to the production.

The reality TV series is being broadcast in South African on Mzansi Magic channel Jan-Feb 2015.

   

The Last Face - Feature Film

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:31

The Last Face drone crewThe Last Face is a feature film directed by Sean Penn, and starring Charlize Theron, the Oscar winning South African star that rose to Hollywood stardom.

We provided aerial filming service with the RED Epic on our octocopter drone for various specialty shots.

It was a great honor and pleasure to work alongside Sean, Charlize and Jean Reno.

The film is due for release in 2016.

   

Taking Earth - Feature Film

Friday, 24 October 2014 13:32

Taking Earth feature film drone crewScience fiction feature film shot in South Africa.

We shot aerial footage with our octocopter drone.

To be released in late 2015.

 

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Nat Geo Wild - Big Cat Week - Man v Lion

Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:16

Nat Geo Wild Man V LionWhat a unique experience to work alongside some of the top presenter led natural history filmmakers in the world! The National Geographic film crew assembled for this shoot clearly had a passion for this project, and it shows in the final results.

We had the opportunity to work with the team for a few days, capturing aerial footage with the drone of the landscape, the wildlife and the presenter, Boon.

We equipped our octocopter drone with a FLIR thermal camera as well as the Canon 5D mark III shooting with magic lantern raw.

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Drone filming in Namibia with Cheetah and Caracal

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:29

Drone filming cheetah on the dunes in NamibiaNamibia is a very special place for us, and being able to work with tame Cheetah and Caracal in this spectacular desert environment was truly something to remember!

We were able to capture some beautiful sequences of cheetah in the wide open spaces of the Namib Desert, as well as aerial footage of caracal climbing in the branches of dead trees, walking in the huge open spaces, and some wonderful natural behavior.

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