Drone views vil­lage from a highly dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive

Am­a­teur cam­era­man sur­prised by the green­ery

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FILM­MAKER has cap­tured stun­ning aerial footage of a vil­lage in a high-fly­ing home video.

Roger Allen, 47, sent a drone into the sky above Chal­font St Peter and filmed its land­marks along with his neph­ews and nieces who run be­low the cam­era.

Mr Allen spent about £1,800 on the Phan­tom 2 drone which has a high def­i­ni­tion cam­era and a set of gy­ro­scopes to keep the shot steady.

He said: “I’m com­pleted ad­dicted. It is an amaz­ing piece of tech­nol­ogy. It is so in­cred­i­bly dif­fer­ent.

“I did not re­alise Chal­font St Peter was so green. On the ground you do not no­tice but from up there it is all trees.”

Mr Allen, orig­i­nally from Chal­font St Peter, now lives in London and works in IT.

He shot the film over week­ends spent in the vil­lage with neph­ews Torin, 11, and Henry, seven, and 15-year-old niece Rowenna, of Lower Road, who sib­lings sprint through shots as the cam­era flies above them.

Henry, who makes his own films on YouTube, was par­tic­u­larly happy to be in­volved.

Mu­sic from The Ride of the Valkyries plays over the epic video, which films places such as Winkers Farm, Brunel Viaduct, Chal­font Heights and the for­mer Holy Cross Con­vent.

“I have never seen Holy Cross be­fore and didn’t re­alise how big it was,” (Right) Torin Allen, Rowenna Allen, Henry Allen and Roger Allen with the drone that cap­tured (left) this shot of Chal­font St Peter added Mr Allen. “Holy Cross has been one of the best parts of our his­tory and it’s about to dis­ap­pear.

“If there was per­mis­sion I would like to film more of the con­vent be­fore it is de­vel­oped – it would be an hon­our.”

Mr Allen bought the drone to film a doc­u­men­tary he is pro­duc­ing called The Devil on Wheels, about Steven Spiel­berg’s film Duel.

The drone is re­motely con­trolled, if the bat­tery is low it au­to­mat­i­cally re­turns to Mr Allen and it re­stricts it­self from fly­ing near air­ports.

Mr Allen says more videos of Bucks are in the pipe­line.

Watch the Chal­font St Peter From The Air video at www.get­bucks.co.uk.

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