ACS France news : aerial coordination, new series and Roland Garros finished off

La Lettre AFC n°255

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In this article, we present a facet of ACS France expertise, the aerial coordination. We are working on a new series, and have finished the 2015 French Open “Roland Garros”.

Business Focus - Air Coordination, issues and interests


Thanks to his experience and know-how, ACS France supports the production teams in their aerial projects, before and during the shooting :

  • Time-saving,
  • Cost-saving,
  • Secured shot,
  • Logistic, technical and artistic support.

- Before the shooting :
Involvement in aspects related to the preparation of the shooting : scouting and mapping, setting of a work schedule with the production team and budgeting of the operation.
Checking of documents, procedures and authorizations/exemptions with the competent authorities (Civil Aviation, airports, local police etc.).
Management of the equipment, checking of the aircraft payload and balance, implementation of safety measures on site and of air/ground communication.

- During the shooting :
Crew securing and limitation of the flights in difficult situations, safety briefing before each flight with the pilot and the crew.
Coordination and securing flight operations, air/ground coordination, coordination with the subjects and moving vehicles.

Recent aerial coordination in feature films : Fast & Furious 6, 007 Spectre, Zoolander 2, Tarzan, etc.

New series in production : The Night Manager (Released in 2016)


We have recently worked on a new series which is currently in production with the BBC. We went to Palma in Spain, to shoot moving boats in the open sea. The Super G Gyro-stabilized head was set up on a AS350 B3 helicopter and equipped with a camera Red Dragon and a Panavision 24-275mm lens.

Synopsis :
‘A night manager of a European hotel is recruited by intelligence agents to infiltrate an international arms dealer’s network.’

Broadcast Focus – Innovation at Roland Garros


We installed three of our systems for this edition :
- A 70 meters-long Speedtrack hanged rail, with a 2 axis stabilised head Peepod (Philippe Chatrier court) ; discreet and really light thanks to its removable sensor, the system equipped with a Sony HDC 1500 camera (with wide angle lens) allows 360° shot.

- Cablecam 1D, with the 6 axis gyro-stabilized head, Shotover F1 (Philippe Chatrier court) : a 370 meters-long travelling, a Sony HDC P1 camera with a wide angle lens Canon 4.3 x14.The Shotover F1 offers unprecedented shooting possibilities, in this broadcast configuration : 360° pan (thanks to the optic fibre), 45 to +/-140° tilt, +/- 85° roll, rotation speed adjustable up to 100° per second.

- Cablecam 1D, with our very compact 5 axis gyro-stabilized head, Gyron Mini C (Suzanne Lenglen court) : a 66 meters traveling and also a Sony HDC P1 with its wide angle lens Canon 4.3 x14.

Our Cablecam system is also well suitable for the shooting of feature films and commercials.

Cablecam 1D sur le tournage de "Red 2"
Photo ACS France
Cablecam 1D au Trocadéro sur "The Smurf"
Photo ACS France