TV in­ter­est has drone firm duo on a high

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACOUPLE who gave up the high seas for the high skies have seen their busi­ness go from strength to strength.

Greg and Jinny Chivers, who live on Adling­ton Road in Bolling­ton, spent 10 years sail­ing around the world work­ing on lux­ury yachts.

But a pas­sion for ad­ven­ture film and pho­tog­ra­phy and the de­sire to set­tle on dry land has led them to their latest busi­ness ven­ture – drone im­agery – which has seen them work­ing with big TV pro­duc­tions in­clud­ing ITV drama Cold Feet.

The pair, who run LU­NAR Aerial Imaging from their home, have now been drafted in to pro­vide aerial footage of Manch­ester for a BBC doc­u­men­tary about polic­ing, and do­nated footage of Manch­ester for the pro­mo­tional trailer for Ari­ana Grande’s One Love con­cert in June.

Greg, 47, who is the cre- ative and op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, added: “It is fan­tas­tic to see our footage ap­pear­ing on the big and small screen and we are ex­cited about the in­creas­ing num­ber of en­quiries we are get­ting from pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies – both for footage from our stock li­brary and for be­spoke jobs.

“The di­rec­tor of Cold Feet con­tacted us look­ing for footage of Dids­bury and at that stage we didn’t have any so I of­fered to go out that evening and cap­ture the footage they needed, they were de­lighted with the re­sult.”

Es­tab­lished in 2015, LU­NAR op­er­ates a range of multi-ro­tor drones with cam­era and imaging sys­tems.

Greg, who is orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia, is the pilot, cam­era op­er­a­tor and ed­i­tor, and Jinny’s job is in mar­ket­ing, and as co-pilot and back up while Greg is fly­ing.

Jinny, 39, said Greg be­came in­ter­ested in drones while he was re­cov­er­ing from a bro­ken an­kle.

She said: “Greg has al­ways been in­ter­ested in video and pho­tog­ra­phy so when the first drones came out he got him­self one. We were in LA at the time so we did some film cour­ses and from there de­cided it was some­thing we could do when we set­tle down.”

She added: “It’s go­ing re­ally well. We’ve been busy but we’re re­ally chuffed to have had some footage on the TV.

“We haven’t had any jobs in Mac­cles­field yet but we would re­ally like to get some footage around here, it would be fan­tas­tic.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion go to lu­ and www. l una r- a i . c o m / drone-stock-footage

Greg Chivers pre­par­ing to launch one of LU­NAR’s multi-ro­tor drones

Pic: Fiona Bai­ley

From left: Ni­co­lette La­fon­seca-Har­g­reaves, Nick Bianchi, Donna Blower, Sarah Beeny and Jac­inta Dawn Rus­sell

Jinny and Greg, pic­tured on a div­ing trip in Tuamo­tos, French Poly­ne­sia, trav­elled the world work­ing on lux­ury yachts be­fore set­tling in Bolling­ton

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