The Beagle team officially reached new heights with their latest shoot! We took to the skies to celebrate the launch of Amazon Pay in Spain. Vueling who are the first airline to sign up to the new payment service invited our film crew on board and here’s some of the lessons we learned from shooting at 30,000ft.

1.Pack light - Pack right

You are not allowed to put camera batteries in the hold of the plane. This is due to risks of short circuiting and fires.

Always take your camera and batteries on as hand luggage. Most airlines now allow a small handbag or laptop and a carry on bag, but be prepared to only take one hand luggage.

Click here to find a useful article with more info on the rules of regarding flying with Lithium V-Lock Batteries

2. Plan your Packing and Budget for Extra Baggage

Lay out your equipment and checklist it to ensure it’s all strictly necessary. (This also offers the opportunity to create a trendy instagram pic ;)

Budget for additional baggage and check how much it will cost. There are also companies that offer deals for transporting filming equipment like Screen and Music Travel who I found at The Media Production Show who might be worth contacting for a quote if you’ve got more than a couple of bags.

3. Film in Slow Mo and on a long lens

Time literally flies when you’re up in the air and it can be very bumpy. If you film in slow motion you’ll get more useable shots.

Using a 16-35mm or 24-70mm didn’t work as well for us. It showed up a bit too much of the cabin’s less attractive features and didn’t look as sleek . We found that a 70-200mm lens and some distance worked best to get more premium looking shots.

4. Consider your kit

We found that our Arri Amira camera delivered incredibly beautiful shots and worked well with a stabilized 70-200mm lens, but it is a very big camera. There’s very little space to move about in the cabin, especially if it’s a full flight and filming out the small windows is especially challenging. I would consider a small sized camera in future.

5. Pick your seat

Try to get a seat over the wings or just in front of them. This will allow you to film a great shot out the window of the wing itself and the clouds whooshing by. Other views from windows are less interesting with clouds or just a view of the engine.

Avoid sitting in exit rows, as you can’t keep anything in your hands for takeoff or landing and these shots can be a great addition to an edit. Once up in the air this can be a great spot to get side angles of cabin crew and passengers.

Hopefully these tips have been useful and will avoid you needing to wing it on the day… cringe :)