The Countach, the Diablo, the Murciélago and the Aventador !!!!
Four Decades of an Italian brand that represents luxury, speed and eye candy.
One cold day in 2018, Steve Waldie of Interstate Motorsport had a vision of 4 Lamborghini’s racing down an air strip followed by helicopters to shoot something that has never been done. Steve’s first step was reaching out to his friend Jose Montanez from Gotham Filmworks. Jose got the Shotover K1 ready with 3 red cameras mounted on it so he can capture this moment in a resolution better than Imax. This hammerhead camera rig is one of a kind and was perfect for this shoot.
Jose reached out to one of his personal friends Mark Toia who is an award winning film director from the South Pacific. He just happen to be in New York for another shoot and was super excited to hear about this project. Mark jumped on board and gave some of his expertise to this idea quickly manifesting into a reality.
The last phone call was to Alexander Mazzei, film maker and editor in New York. Steve and Alexander met at Bull Fest in Miami and kept in touch. When Alexander heard the concept, his mind quickly started to visualize multiple Lamborghinis at full speed weaving in and out of each other on the runway similar to fighter jets.
Production day is here. Waking up super early to get everything prepared and ready for shooting. All the Lamborghinis were resting quietly in a hanger next to the runway. The two choppers were flying in from Linden airport. Steve took a moment to put his driving shoes on and we were almost ready to create something epic. Mark Tioa conducted a quick production meeting, getting everyone on the same page. And there off, sounds of the Aventador fill the airport with shrilling echoes as it flies by the cameras. The wind from the propellers were making blades of grass fly up in slow motion towards the K1.

Eminem VENOM Music Video

Empire State Building

Gotham’s two helicopters lit up the Empire State Building for Jimmy Kimmel

When Eminem needed to add some excitement to the performance of “Venom” for Jimmy Kimmel Live, they turned to Gotham Films.

Two helicopters (both TwinStars) flew in close proximity to the Empire State Building as Eminem performed on multiple observation decks. One helicopter was equipped with a NightSun searchlight, and lit up the rapper as he performed. The second helicopter was equipped with our Shotover F1 stabilized gimbal with an ARRI camera installed, to capture the action.

On the deck of the Empire State Building was a coordinator from the Gotham team, as well as the Director of the project. We supplied a microwave downlink system so the film crew could monitor the entire project as it was filmed from above.

HAMMERHEAD Array and 12K Aerial Filming

In December 2017, Gotham Films took delivery of its HAMMERHEAD. The Gotham HAMMERHEAD system is a modification to the Shotover K1 gimbal, making it possible to mount three RED DSMC2 or ARRI Alexa Mini cameras. Having three cameras aligned in an array makes possible incredibly high-resolution filming.

In partnership with Phil Holland, the HAMMERHEAD system’s pioneering flights focused on long-form aerials over New York City in the highest resolution aerials ever captured of NYC.

Utilizing three RED Monstro VV cameras with Tokina 35mm lenses, the HAMMERHEAD system shot the equivalent of 100MP still frames at up to 48 frames per second.

More details are available at Phil’s blog, here: http://www.phfx.com/articles/Filming100MegapixelLargeFormatAerialsOverNewYork/

Airbus H160 Air-to-air

Airbus H160 Helicopter

Gotham Films partnered with Airbus Helicopters to film their H160 helicopter prototype in New York City.

Using our Airbus TwinStar helicopter, we flew a close formation with the cabin-class H160 over the East River to capture all of the features that set the H160 apart from its competitors. While the aircraft that we filmed was a prototype/demonstrator, all of the external features were the same of the production model.

Along with Gotham Films and Airbus Helicopters, the shoot was coordinated by PAD, produced by Yankel Murciano and still photography by Anthony Pecci. Our TwinStar was flown by Gotham pilot Chris Blanton, and cinematography by Jose Montanez.