I am happy to say that I have passed all three parts my RUSTA drone pilot course and can now add aerial filming to my list of services.
I am currently awaiting the actual permission certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority but this is merely an administrative formality. Aerial shots add a great deal of production value to any shoot and the Phantom 3's ease of use makes getting those iconic shots very quick and straight forward.
Last November I bought a DJI Phantom 3 professional drone. Since then I have been learning how to fly it and make the most of this fantastic piece of kit. Even though I've been flying for some months now, I am always still amazed at how beautiful and cinematic aerial footage is, particularly in 4K. There is just something about seeing something from the air and moving smoothly over it.
I am also impressed on a technical level; flying here in the UK means some fairly strong winds which i would have thought would pose a problem for the stability of the drone but it is just not the case. While the drone itself actually braces itself against a strong wind, the motorised gimbal ensures that the camera is not only level but absolutely rock solid.
At the time of writing this I do not have my CAA permission for aerial work and cannot offer this as a service but I have signed up to do a professional pilots course at the end of June and hope to be able to add aerial filming to my portfolio of services towards the middle of July.
In the meantime, though, here is an example of what the DJI Phantom 3 Professional can do with some shots from Hayling Island.