COO and co-founder – Skytango
Susan is a 2-times Emmy Award Winning Editor. 1st class honors graduate in Film & Television Production (B.A) at the National Film School Ireland, she has a vast experience in the filming industry as editor for RTE, PBS and several Independent Film & Television companies, AVID certified teacher and professor of digital media production at Hamline University (USA). She produced aerial filming projects for major media clients since co-founding one of the very first aerial companies in Ireland in 2012 and she will be a member of the Jury of the Cinedrones Film Festival in France in November 2017.
Flickerfest, Sydney Film Festival & FirefLies Productions
Is a Festival Coordinator at Flickerfest, Video Producer at FirefLies Productions and Program Co-ordinator at Sydney Film Festival. She has programmed the Drone Film Program during last year at InScience – Dutch International Science Film Festival and Nemo Science Museum Amsterdam. She is currently a member of the selection committee of the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Film.
Director Drone Under
Paris, Melbourne and now based in Wellington, New Zealand, Drone Production & Film company that operates throughout ANZ and worldwide. Nick Pette, director and main pilot of ‘Drone Under’ is an Australian French citizen located in Wellington. Passionate about art, new technologies, and the Airspace Industry.
Jerry was the youngest helicopter pilot to join the British Royal Navy’s officer training school, aged just 17 in 1972. When he left the RN in 1980 he was the most decorated Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter pilot in peacetime, a record he holds to this day. He was awarded the Air Force Cross by HM The Queen for the SAR rescues he conducted on the infamous Fastnet Yacht Race of 1979 in which 25 yachts were lost. He was also awarded the Queen’s Commendation for his SAR career.
Since leaving the RN, Jerry has carved out a career becoming the one of the top 5 helicopter film pilots in the world, and the world’s leading aerial film director.
Jerry’s sequel to RESCUE PILOT, “FILM PILOT – FROM JAMES BOND TO HURRICANE KATRINA” was published by Bloomsbury worldwide in March 2017, and tells the behind the scenes stories from the tv and film projects he’s flown on and directed since the 1980s.
The final chapter of FILM PILOT describes the disruption to the helicopter film world that Drones have brought about, as well as posing the theory that the advent of Drones and the innovations they bring to both film and SAR have opened to door to the most exciting aerial innovations and applications since the Wright brothers.
His latest book tells the behind the scenes stories from the television and film projects he’s flown on and directed since the 1980s including being the first man ever to fly through the Petronas Towers in a helicopter, working with Ridley Scott on ‘Black Hawk Down’, Commanding the Airspace and the Helicopter Film Units for the Athens Olympics, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, Doha Asian Games and Soccer World Cup in South Africa, and the Formula 1 Motor Racing Grand Prix from 2010 to 2013.
Co-Founder & CEO – XM2
XM2 are experts in the design and use of UAV across a wide range of industries. We’ve worked on some of the biggest films and TVCs in the world. What sets XM2 apart is that we research, develop, custom design, test and fly our own aircraft. We have expertise in designing solutions for any shoot, big or small. The combination of our advanced technology, deep understanding of on-set workflows and our significant experience results in superb content creation every time.
Stephen has a vast portfolio working as a camera and drone operator with films and projects like – AquaMan, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough to name a few.
James is an ambitious entrepreneur whose passion for drones inspired him to create the popular DroneRiot.com, which reviews the latest drone releases and equipment. Originally born in the UK but raised in Singapore, James received his BA (Hons) in Film and TV Production and has travelled across Asia as a freelance filmmaker. Now living in Wellington, New Zealand, James continues his work within the ever-growing drone & film industry.
Sr. Regional Marketing Manager (APAC) Western Digital
Mr Chang has been doing digital filming since 5D2 first came out in the market, he currently works with a creative team that delivers over 300 videos a year in Taiwan.
Before consumer drones were available in the market, Albert use to build drones for aerial filming. Starting with 4 props and later built a 8 prop drone. The drone was able to lift up to 12KG payload, this unit with Movi Freefly stabilised system along with experimenting on a variety of digital camera options.
Albert has worked and flown 12 different types of drones, but mainly focus on the cinephotographic part of the video and film production.
Director – Cerne Studios
Daniele Cernera is an Italian Born, Sydney based director and editor
Working throughout Australian and International scenes, Daniele has directed over 30 music videos, alongside over 50 video projects that include short films, documentaries and corporate projects.
Daniele’s videos have accumulated millions of plays collectively, with some even appearing on national television and major ad campaigns.
With a unique workflow, Daniele & the Cerne Studios team is constantly creating projects as a way to experiment, develop and take risks.
Eric C Nash
Director & Film Maker
Eric started his entertainment career at a very young age, introduced to the stage first as a performer and in later years would produce and direct some high scale Cabaret and Burlesque genre stage productions across NSW. The combination of Nash’s efforts in the Arts earned him two nominations for Young Australian of the Year. After years of the live entertainment industry Eric’s passion to tell stories just grew. Taking a leap he began studying Film and TV writing / producing. While studying Eric and a fellow producer created Australia’s first mobile phone film festival, “MOBILE SCREENFEST” & “MOBILE SCREENFEST INTERNATIONAL”.
Eric knew that through the new and exciting developments of HD cameras within phones, that this Film Fest would be the ideal chance for new and aspiring filmmakers to make a stamp on the digital world. This film festival gave the Australian YouTube generation the opportunity to get inspired and create original content with just their phones. Eric, then moved into screenwriting and producing and created a new Australian feature film OUT OF THE SHADOWS. The film went to Cannes and will be released on DVD late 2017. Eric’s main focus currently is a number of TV projects. Streaming is going to open so many new genres and Mr Nash wants to help pioneer the macabre and fantastical to Australian audiences.
Advertising Department, Thai Airways International
After joining THAI Agency Sales Group Division for 9 years, appointed to District Sales Manager, Southern of Thailand for 5 years and then appointed to be Corporate Account Department Manager. Currently leading the creative team at Thai Airways International Public Company Limited.
Sally French is a journalist reporting on drones for outlets including The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, and the Orange County Register.
Sally first got interested in drones when she served as a photographer and producer at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year.The first “drone journalism” she did was produce a video for Harvest Public Media in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire.
She is a renowned public speaker in drones, having appeared at at South by Southwest (SXSW), Harvard Business School and has led multiple seminars at conferences including InterDrone and the Commercial UAV Expo. Sally was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s “4 top women shaping the drone industry.”
Frank Schroth is editor in chief of DroneLife, the authoritative source for news and analysis on the drone industry: it’s people, products, trends, and events. He was a cofounder of the location based technology firm Where (sold to PayPal) and managed editorial operations and web production teams at Reed Business Information and Ziff-Davis Publishing.
I am not your typical drone flyer….. at the age of 50 and a female, I am definitely in the minority…. but times are changing…. women are embracing this technology at a phenomenal rate! I have been flying on a daily basis for over 3 years and just love the sense of freedom and relaxation it provides. As a photographer I love the versatility that the drone gives me, and the amazing perspectives available. Unmanned aerial vehicles have opened the door to previously unaccessible sites and views and expanded our outlook on the world. This competition will show us exactly what these machines can do, in the right hands.
I am now a successful, award winning commercial photographer, specialising in drone photography. Published in DJIs book Above the World. I have organised International Drone Day South East Queensland for the last 2 years. I am an active member and admin on DJI Owners of Australia Facebook page, with over 10,000 members. Our group encourages new drone owners and promotes good airmanship to keep this hobby safe and improve the general public perception of drones. I have a medical back ground and can see the potential for drones in providing some forms of relief and relaxation for those with chronic incapacitating conditions such as PTSD, depression as well as physical disabilities. I would love to be involved in some of these projects in the future.