BBC Planet Earth II – Ep3 ‘Jungles’

Release date: 2016
Location: Costa Rica
Director: Emma Napper




Needless to say, we jumped at the chance to work on David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II.

Forming part of the team that focused on jungles, Heliguy worked closely with Producer/Director Emma Napper to give the viewer a unique look into the jungle life.

Heliguy is proud to have been a part of this Emmy nominated team of documentary filmmakers.

Shooting Overseas


After shooting on location in Queensland, the Heliguy team travelled with Planet Earth to the jungles of Costa Rica. Packing the Reliance X8 into pelican cases, our drone was easily transported to South America via excess luggage.

Shooting in Challenging Locations

Shooting in the jungles provided its own challenge. With thick canopies, and producers wanting rising shots through the treetops, our team faced the difficult task of manoeuvring a drone in close proximity of trees and foliage.  In order to achieve the desired results, it was essential for our pilot to utilise his FPV (First Person Vision) skills, using a small FPV camera on board the UAV hull to navigate in and around menacing branches and foliage.

We are proud to report that we were able to get the shots required, with no incident… thanks to the impressive close proximity skills of Drone Pilot Guy Alexander.

A Customised Drone Set-up

In order to replicate a POV of a bird or flying fox, Heliguy decided to modify the Reliance X8 to balance a top-mounted camera. This mounting allowed a clear camera view, giving the viewer a sense that he/she was rising through the canopy.