The mag­i­cal fly­ing ma­chine

‘A food pro­ces­sor that can give you a hair­cut’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Tony Su­to­rius says his new fly­ing cam­era will en­hance his film com­pany’s work, but the bright look in his eyes as he’s fly­ing it around be­trays the real rea­son he bought it.

Mr Su­to­rius’ com­pany, Un­real Films, is based in Cam­borne.

He won a con­tract to make elec­toral train­ing films for the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment in the run-up to the re­cent elec­tions, and ‘‘fell in love’’ with an in­ter­est­ing toy while he was over there — a re­mote­con­trolled fly­ing cam­era.

He said it could be the only one of its kind in New Zealand.

‘‘I’m a film-maker and this adds another di­men­sion to what I do,’’ he said.

‘‘I see it as another op­por­tu­nity.

‘‘It pro­vides a very cool eye-ofGod per­spec­tive and a new way to see your own en­vi­ron­ment.’’

At a cost of $2000, it’s not a toy, so Mr Su­to­rius’ chil­dren won’t get their hands on it any time soon.

He made the mis­take of start­ing it up in the of­fice one day and ended up with blood­ied fin­gers, but has oth­er­wise mas­tered its con­trols.

Al­though the cam­era has a built-in GPS, Mr Su­to­rius will keep it within sight. It can re­main air­borne for 25 min­utes, and can go 200 me­tres up and 600 me­tres away from its con­troller.

Mr Su­to­rius said that even if the cam­era did go out of range, it had a hom­ing de­vice that brought it back to where it took off from.

‘‘I’ve been pretty con­ser­va­tive so far. Do­ing some­thing like this re­ally fo­cuses the mind — it ter­ri­fies me [when it’s fly­ing], to be hon­est, be­cause it’s ba­si­cally a food pro­ces­sor that can give you a hair­cut.

‘‘It’s not great when it’s windy, which is a down­side, but on a still day the pho­tos we’re get­ting back are magic.’’

He said he planned to talk to the Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity about rules around fly­ing the cam­era.

Mr Su­to­rius hoped Un­real Films could do work with the New Zealand’s Elec­toral Com­mis­sion, as it did in Aus­tralia, dur­ing the lead- up to next year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

His films trained 19,000 polling booth staff in Aus­tralia, and he wanted to put par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Young again:

Tony Su­to­rius is proud and ex­cited about his new toy.

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