The Pilot

Paul OKelly

“I have loved working with Paul on a couple of projects. He always listens and understands what is required and delivers the shot you have asked for, first and foremost.  But he also reacts instinctively to what is possible and knows what might look good so gives you options and alternatives as well.  His work is exemplary, he is a team player and always goes the extra mile.” 

Marc Evans, Director

“I have always been fascinated with model aircraft and technology from childhood, and by working with my cracking cameraman and support team, we achieve some mind-blowing results.  We are heavy lift CAA approved pilots with night time permits, so the sky is not the limit - it’s our playground day or night”

Ex Welsh ACU Motorcycle Champion Paul, has been flying radio controlled aircraft on and off for the last thirty years.  This passion spilled over into his professional life when he joined Orchard ten years ago, where he designed and built his first ever drone with camera.  Now our Head of Aerial and Filming and Senior Drone Pilot, he has built a highly talented team with an impressive selection of high-end kit, and is regarded as one of the best drone pilots around.  

Bringing the skill of 35 years of flying model aircraft to the film set, Paul, along with his exceptional camera operator, is able to position our custom aircraft in exact positions, with high understanding of remote technology like no other pilot.  With his amazing tracking skills, he is capable of capturing shots other pilots would find very difficult to achieve - quickly and safely.

Always professionals, Paul and his team always give 100% (amongst a lot of blood, sweat and tears) and are not content until a project reaches its full potential.

When he’s not flying, he is a slightly obsessed (failed) musician, and still likes to think of himself as a bit of a whizz on the motorcycle.. 

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