January 6, 2015

Somebody Strapped a Sony Action Cam to an Eagle Before It Took Flight over Paris

Eagle Flies Over Paris with Sony Action Camera

The holiday season has come to an end, and most of us have gone back to work and are already on the verge of succumbing to the mundane drudgery of everyday life. Ok, maybe things aren't that bad, but just in case you need a little pick-me-up to start the new year off right, here's a video of a white-tailed eagle named Victor soaring over Paris -- after being launched from the top of the Eiffel Tower -- with a Sony action camera strapped to his back.

I whole-heartedly recommend muting the video and watching with a good piece of music in the background. Here's one recommendation, and here's another.

This video comes courtesy of Freedom, an eagle-centric YouTube channel whose first feature length documentary is on the way. Here's the trailer, which is beautifully shot.

If you want to check out more of the awesome Freedom eagle videos, head on over to their YouTube channel, and keep an eye out for the feature-length documentary, which is slated for release in early 2015.     

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Is it just me or does it feel like the eagle is about to dive into the trench and attack the death star?

January 6, 2015 at 4:26PM

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Matt Marrs
Director / Camera Operator
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I totally should have recommended watching this while the Imperial March plays in the background!

January 6, 2015 at 4:52PM

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Rob Hardy
Founder of Filmmaker Freedom
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Props for best comment ever.

January 7, 2015 at 12:32PM, Edited January 7, 12:32PM

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Very cool, did he flap his wings once? Soarin=) A whole lot of post stabilization applied to that bad boy though.

January 6, 2015 at 8:17PM

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Josh.R
Motion Designer/Predator
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"Oui! Fantastique!" I agree with that guy.

January 6, 2015 at 8:36PM

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p.s. here's my pick for music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuXdhow3uqQ

January 7, 2015 at 1:45PM

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I'm selling my drone.

January 6, 2015 at 8:58PM

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Does anyone know what company the logo with the lowercase a and "music" is? Seen at 2:19 in the teaser.

January 7, 2015 at 10:50AM

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John Hrindo
Editor
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Those songs are pretty good for a background track, but I don't think we're mentioning the obvious choice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siwpn14IE7E

January 7, 2015 at 10:55AM

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Amazing to see the curvature of the earth from just that height!

January 7, 2015 at 10:58AM

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Richard Krall
richardkrall.com
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Imagine what a 14mm lens and a walk up a hill could've done for the flat-earthers.

January 8, 2015 at 1:23PM

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So what's the point of this? People have put action cameras on large birds many times in the past (and with better outcomes). The teaser makes the film look like nothing but shots of a guy getting a captive, trained, bird to fly to his arm while the guy uses various modes of transportation. The text talks about helping the bird gain it's freedom when that's the exact opposite of what's happening; the bird is being conditioned to be around people and is being trained as a hunting eagle would (and no, he's not teaching the bird to fly - it's very obvious in the film that this bird can fly quite well on its own). The text states it's the last white-tailed eagle in Europe - that's a lie - they are native to Asia and northern Europe. They are an IUCN species of least concern. From what I've seen I would call this documentary a failure. Yes it does have some pretty shots in the teaser - it must be great to work with all captive wildlife (no, that coyote is not wild). It's a film that looks to be an advertisement for the guy to sell shows with his bird. If the director billed it as a narrative story with animals instead of actors it would make sense. Sorry Robert, I usually like your stuff, but this article has zero substance. Maybe you could write a bit about working with animals in film, or maybe about the challenges associated with filming actual wildlife, or the huge issue in wildlife filmmaking with many documentaries being faked and/or using captive animals portrayed as wild (I'm looking at you Disney).

January 7, 2015 at 12:13PM

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Michael Carney
Director of Photography, Commercial Video, Stills
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Cool....but will the FAA in America requiring eagles to have hundreds of hours of certified flight training and an appropriate license to shoot commercial video in the States?

January 12, 2015 at 2:19PM, Edited January 12, 2:19PM

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David Patterson
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