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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Hear Me Move - Feature Film

Hear Me Move is a South African feature film, directed by Scottness L Smith.

We filmed aerial footage with RED Scarlet on our octocopter drone.


"The long lens shots moving through the grass look really good!"
-- Justis De Jager (DOP)



Toyota Prado - Passport - TV Commercial

TV commercial for the new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

We shot with 5D mark III on octocopter drone, on farm in the Karoo.

"Will definitely use you guys again."
-- Jamie Ramsey (DOP)



Nestle Nesquik - RED International Commercial

International commercial for Nestle Nesquik, shot in Cape Town. Aerial shots were needed for the fast-paced "flying cow" scenes in the commercial.

We used our RED Scarlet camera on the octocopter drone to film a series of shots flying through trees and buildings, as plates for the animation that would be added in post.


"Some great shots again today. Thank you!"
-- Julien Trousselier (director)



PPC - RED TV Commercial

TV commercial for PPC Cement shot near Johannesburg.

This the first time we used a RED Epic camera on the octocopter drone for a TV commercial.

We learned quite a bit on this shoot, and are grateful for the opportunity to prove ourselves capable of flying the RED Epic safely and reliably, and delivering world-class stable drone footage.

"The drone really is quite amazing, we used to do this shot with big cranes that took hours to setup."
-- Michael (director)



LukOil - Predator - International Commercial

This international commercial for LukOil, one of the largest companies in the world, was shot at Lindburgh Lodge, near Wolmaransstad.

We shot the aerials of the BMW cars chasing the truck with the 5D mark III on our octocopter drone.

"Now THAT is what I call a drone!"
-- Andrew (director)




Sun International Commercial

Sun International TV commercial and web video.

We completed shooting over 7 weeks, traveling across South Africa as well as to Victoria Falls, Zambia.

"Excellent work, we will definitely be using you again"
-- Justyn Davies (director)



Drone Filming for Wild Coast Sun

Filming the Wild Coast Sun resort with the Canon 5D and our custom built octocopter drone.

Various aerial shot with the drone, including the water world, the cruise boat, and various shots of the hotel.

"Oh yes, that looks great!"
-- Carlos Carvalho (DOP)




Drone Filming for Chartwell Roofing

We shot aerial footage of a newly completed construction site with our custom built octocopter drone for Chartwell Roofing.


"This is amazing!"
-- Andrew Vermeulen (client)



UKZN - University of KwaZulu-Natal

UKZN aerial shoot for stills and panoramas.

Octocopter and Canon 5D mark II.

"Thank you very much for this, it???s awesome!"
-- Daniel Holland (director)



Shooting Panoramas in Lesotho

Shooting panoramas of the amazing landscape of Lesotho.

This really is a special place, always love working here.





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