Making Stratford on Avon Golf Club films
We, after advice, commissioned the company called “fly through” to make the film. In conversation with Angus, their MD, we had agreed that the film would feature just four feature holes, the 12th, 13th, 16th and the 9th. The first filming day was the 28th April. The club house interior film and stills were completed by mid-afternoon by which time the sky had cleared of cloud and we had a glorious early spring day.
Using the small drone helicopter and camera we set off to reconnoitre the feature holes and take some sample films. A couple of hours later Angus uploaded the film of the holes onto his laptop in the Ryder spike bar. The members in the spike bar having a drink after their round of were blown away by the pictures. A short discussion resulted in an agreement make both the general film and a separate film for each of our 18 holes.
Good weather and the course prepared to A1 condition were key to our success, Howard, our head green keeper did his part, as you will see when you watch the films. Thankfully the 15 and 16 May proved to be perfect weather.
Angus and Paul arrived early on Thursday 15th and started to set up the drone. An exercise that takes more than an hour and a half.
Paul, on the right, is the drone pilot for which he has to have a special pilots licence and Angus operates the camera via a separate remote control. The on board computer has to be programmed to define exactly which camera and lens are to be installed, get it wrong and the drone won’t fly properly and the films are unusable.
Set up completed the drone runs a series of internal checks to make sure the remote control systems are fully functional and that there is a GPS signal without which it may not be flown.
The filming was complete in the two days with all the players captured on film being fascinated by the process.
We did have one small complaint from a house holder alongside the 12th who was initially convinced that we were spying on her. We showed her the images that had been taken and she was then happy we weren’t spying on her.
You can see the film on the website by clicking the top left picture on the home page and if you choose “playing at Stratford “you can see the hole by hole films. The picture is of the 16th hole which gives lie to the claim that Stratford is a flat course. Most of the pictures captured by the drone are taken from about 25 metres above ground.