Celebrating the Defender
Jaguar-Land Rover began to mark a year of celebration of The Land Rover Defender by creating an iconic 1km silhouette carved in to the sands of Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey; The beach where Land Rover’s journey began back in 1947 when its inventor Maurice Wilks, sketched the car’s unmistakable shape and explained the original concept for a “go anywhere, do anything vehicle.”
Six Land Rover Defenders – a Land Rover Series I, II and III, a Ninety from the Eighties, a Defender 90 Hard Top and a Defender 110 Station Wagon – each towed a 12ft agricultural harrow to create the drawing.
Time was an absolute critical, having a mere three hour window to create the 1km silhouette, a continuous 4.52km line drawing and Britain’s biggest ever sand drawing on Anglesey beach; Completed just minutes before the incoming tide washed it away and simultaneously bidding farewell to the production of UK’s favourite 4×4.
We were delighted to be part of such a monumental occasion, filming the construction of the sand drawing and capturing the speed and accuracy of the defenders from the sky. As well as having photographers on board to capture show stopping scene that had been meticulously created.
The shoot was filmed using one of our AS355’s (also known as a twin-squirrel) and a cineflex camera system. The twin-squirrel has two engines and high performance capabilities, making it the perfect aircraft for filming shoots. With the ability to remain airbourne for up to 3 hours, the aircraft was able to shoot various sequences and capture the creation from start to finish with limited downtime. With close working relationships with the CAA we were also able to gain low level flying permissions quickly.
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