Helicopter Aerial Filming for Masterchef
Location and date
Camargue, Guadeloupe & France, 2013
Masterchef required on location shoots for two episodes of Masterchef France, and one for the debut series of Masterchef Morocco.
Masterchef required on location shoots for two episodes of Masterchef France, and one for the debut series of Masterchef Morocco. In each location there was a mixture of filming the Masterchef contestants performing a challenge in an open air kitchen, as well as filming a mixture of natural and stage cutaway shots.
One of our favourite shots of all time, and one you’ll see in all of our showreels, is the glistening shot of horses running over a waterlogged field in the Camargue, with sunlight bouncing off the water. Full disclaimer: these were not filmed by chance, the scene was carefully set up and discussed to ensure the shot ended up the way we wanted it to.
The challenges of international aerial filming
In Guadeloupe, different challenges awaited; one being transporting filming equipment out of the hold of a 747 and into tropical heat at nearly 100% humidity. All the equipment soon became drenched in condensation; so much so that we simply couldn’t fit it or turn it on for several hours until it had reached ambient temperature.
The next challenge was unloading our equipment, going through customs, and then having to go back through customs to arrive at the same airstrip we had just landed on. Surprisingly, the hardest part was getting our toolkit (a necessity) through the security checks – our local pilot was exceptionally helpful with this. After this we filmed a sequence of boats arriving on the beach, a beach-side cook-off, and then location shots around the island of Guadeloupe.
Filming in Morocco allowed us to meet one of our all time action heros. Not a person, but in this case a Vietnam War era Huey helicopter. The iconic machine with its twin blades and unmistakable signature noise may be a great military vehicle, but it’s not ideally suited for aerial filming. Despite this we were able to rig a suitable side mount and complete all of our shots on schedule, before dismounting and flying back via Casablanca.