John Gore - Blog

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

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

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Im a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here - Australia

Drone filming for Im a Celebrity AustraliaFor this Australian reality TV series, we filmed with a remote zoom lens with the Panasonic GH4 on the octocopter drone. This allowed us to shoot wide establishing shots and then zoom in tighter to cover the action of the various challenges.

The strong winds in the mountains and around the large dam wall made flying the drone a bit more challenging, but we were able to keep flying and shooting despite condition. Proving yet again that our custom designed octocopter handles tough wind conditions exceptionally well.

"That is exactly the perspective we are looking for."
-- Michael Venables (director of trials challenges)



Chappie - Feature Film

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. DoP was Trent Opaloch. We provided octocopter drone aerial filming with various cameras, including FLIR thermal cameras. The film was released world wide in March 2015 at IMAX Cinemas and standard cinemas.

The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Dev Patel and Sharlto Copley as the robot Chappie, also featuring Die Antwoord music group.

"This octocopter is amazingly stable in the wind"
-- Neill Blomkamp (writer / director)



RED Drone Filming in the Maldives

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.

"Once again thanks again for all of your hard work. Rest assured we will be in touch for upcoming work"
-- Mike Charlton (director)



Drone filming with Kevin Richardson the Lion Whisperer

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.

"We are delighted with it ??? and your brilliant aerial work has pride of place throughout the film"
-- Alex Williamson (director)



The Last Face - Feature Film

The Last Face drone crewThe Last Face is a feature film directed by Sean Penn, and starring Charlize Theron, and Jean Reno.

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.

"I love this thing! I love you Guys! This is the best piece of tech we have used!"
-- Sean Penn (director)




Taking Earth - Feature Film

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

We shot aerial footage with our octocopter drone, including some long lens shots, and some amazing landscapes, vehicle tracking, etc.

To be released in late 2015.

"The drone shots bring such an amazing element... really add production value."
-- Grant Humphreys (director)



Nat Geo Wild - Big Cat Week - Man v Lion

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.

"Your work was wonderful and we are very proud of the show."
-- Gurney Productions (for Nat Geo)



Drone filming in Namibia with Cheetah and Caracal

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. Great to work with some of the best natural history film crew on this shoot.

"We are delighted with it ??? and your brilliant aerial work has pride of place throughout the film"
-- Alex Williamson (director)



Alien Outpost - Feature Film

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.

"Love your work, thank you so much!"
-- Jabbar Raisani (writer / director)



Savuti - Chobe National Park in Botswana

Fliming with drone in the Savuti BotswanaAt the perfect time of the year for it, we found ourselves heading off to do some drone filming in the Savuti area of Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Most of the area is arid or desert, but at a certain time of the year the Okavango river floods into the vast plains, instantly turning everything it touches green. Being there at the right time allowed us to capture aerials of the area both dry and while it turns green as the floods enter.

"I just love these aerials, everything is just stunning!"
-- Julie King (associate producer)



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