SkyHigh Creative was first asked to part of the project in April 2017 and tasked with a number of responsibilities in the lead up, during and after the 2017, along with being involved with the 2018 event.
Task 1 – Director Of Photography
Our responsibility was to take charge of multiple photographers and videographers on the night whilst being responsible for numerous fix cameras that were to be used for live feeds for the projectors. We also played a key part in capturing footage throughout the whole night.
Task 2 – Web Design & Hosting
After the initial event we were contacted by the organizers to design and host a new website for them which can withstand a huge visitor count in a short amount of time for registrations. Whilst our servers stood up to the task, TicketMasters websites crash multiple times over the course of a few hours as they tried to cope with the sheer amount of people trying to buy tickets as both shows in 2018 consisting of approx 5000 tickets sold out within a matter of hours.
Task 3 – GeorgeFM Interviews
In preparation for the 2018 shows we were asked to shoot and edit a couple of videos with GeorgeFM presenter General Lee and the conductor for Auckland Symphony Orchestra’s, Peter Thomas and Shape Shifters P Digsss.
Task 4 – Spark Time Lapse Video
With time lapse footage from last years event we put together a video for Spark’s own promotion. We’ll be focusing on shooting more time lapse footage for the 2018 shows and will be taking it to a whole new level so watch this space.
Watercare’s was about to bore a new pipeline out to sea which involved using a tunneling bore machine being installed at Watercare’s Army Bay treatment plant. It was a great achievement as the boring machine known as “Blanch” broke the world record for the longest pipeline ever for this type of machine.
SkyHigh Creative were invited to be part of the project from start to end as we could provided a number of different services to the client including ground & aerial photography, videography, time lapse along with aerial surveys.
Before this project could commence a number of surveys had to be completed in order for the project to continue. SkyHigh Creative were brought onto the project to conduct a high resolution aerial survey of McConnell & Watercare’s site location along with the access road. This was to record the current condition of the sites and road infrastructure that will be used for the first stage of the project.
We flew our drones at low altitude up and down each location taking dozens of 20MP high resolution images. These were taken back to our offices and stitched together to create one extremely large image of the whole complex to the effect that you could make out individual leaves on the ground.
Images below are extremely low resolution in comparison to the final images that was delivered to the client
As the pipeline was going under New Zealand Defense Force land, construction was required at a number of locations on their land which involved heavy trucks being used to transport material back and forth along NZDF road infrastructure and land.
Before anything got underway it was our responsibility to perform high resolution aerial surveys surveys of each of these roads along with the complete road infrastructure that these trucks would be using before construction got underway. This also included video mounted footage of the road infrastructure that the heavy vehicles will be using which was shot in 4K UHD resolution. This allowed McConnell & Dowell to record the current state of the road infrastructure and repair any damage that is caused by the heavy vehicles after the project had completed.
Low altitude high resolution 20MP images were taken of the whole road infrastructure and all drone operations over NZDF were conducted under CAA102 as this was a requirement insisted upon by NZDF.
Blanche was the name of the boring machine that would be used to tunnel the pipeline out to sea. We were asked to join the media team on the big day that the tunneling machine was to start boring a pipeline out to sea. We were asked to capture the event and the tunneling machine from the ground so that both Watercare & McConnell & Dowell could use the footage for their own internal and external promotional material.
After Blanche had made it our to sea in it was time too float two 450m sections of pipeline from Kaiaua to Army Bay north of Auckland. We were asked to capture this on film from the air for the client so that it could be used for promotional material and media releases.
Once the pipeline arrived at Army Bay we were asked to join the crew out on the oceans to watch the sinking of the pipeline out at sea. Here we were asked to capture the event from the air which required us to take off and land from the boat we were on. We were also asked to upload the footage asap whilst out in the field so that media outlets can access it for the nightly news.
It was time to retrieve the tunneling machine from the ocean and get it back on land. The machine was floated from Army Bay to Gulf Harbor where it was too be lifted out of the water using the large cranes they use to lift boats out of the water. The client asked us if we could capture this final stage on film for them.