Southamp­ton man’s drone video part of Vik­ing ar­ti­facts at rOm

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Drone video footage of a Vik­ing set­tle­ment - L’Anse aux Mead­ows in New­found­land - shot by Southamp­ton res­i­dent Brian Ste. Marie is part of a new ex­hibit at the Royal On­tario Mu­seum (ROM) that opened Nov. 4.

The Vik­ings ex­hibit fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays and nearly 500 orig­i­nal ob­jects from the col­lec­tions of the Swedish His­tory Mu­seum that pro­vide a win­dow into the lives of Norse ex­plor­ers, ar­ti­sans and crafts­peo­ple whose cul­ture flour­ished be­tween the 8th and the 11th cen­turies.

Ste. Marie said drones are a hobby that grew out of an ear­lier in­ter­est with re­mote con­trolled cars. He said he switched to planes which he en­joys more be­cause he doesn’t re­quire a track to race with other com­peti­tors.

“I was hooked the first time I took off with a plane and cir­cled a few times and landed it,” Ste. Marie said in a re­cent in­ter­view, adding it was “pretty cool” to be con­tacted by ROM of­fi­cials about us­ing some of his footage of the Vik­ing ex­hibit that they’d seen on his YouTube chan­nel - https://www.youtube.com/user/ buffythe­saint/videos

Ste. Marie shot the footage with a Phan­tom IV drone while on hol­i­day this past sum­mer - he took a walk­ing tour of the site and thought it would look good from the air.

He went back the next morn­ing at sun­rise and set up on a pub­lic road about 200-me­tres from the Vik­ing vil­lage. He shot about 15 min­utes of video, cir­cling the Vik­ing vil­lage and us­ing an im­pres­sive pull-back tech­nique.

Ste. Marie is a mem­ber of the South­port RC fly­ing club, a 10-mem­ber group that op­er­ates on pri­vate prop­erty on the out­skirts of Southamp­ton.

Ste. Marie said he may visit the ROM to see his hand­i­work in the Vik­ing ex­hibit.

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