The story of Helicam Productions is an unlikely tale of a mechanical engineer who left his roots of design engineering for the creative world of photography and filming. After completing a degree in mechanical engineering in 1998 at UKZN Durban, Andrew Martens worked at a number of companies in their product design and development divisions. In 2009 he started focusing his design skills on developing aerial photography units using remote control helicopters and digital SLR cameras, and founded Helicam Productions, offering the service of aerial photography using remote controlled aircraft. The demand for the services grew rapidly and the fields of aerial video and 360° virtual tours were developed and added to the product offering.
Since 2009 Andrew's client base has grown considerably, and current clients include prominent property developers, events, hotels, resorts, manufacturing companies, multinational corporates and SA's leading private schools. Andrew travels extensively, with clients across South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, the DRC, Malawi as well as the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. Helicam Productions no longer focuses solely on aerial media, but also offers ground-based filming, photography and virtual tour services.
Andrew's passion is to combine his technical roots of engineering with the creative opportunities that filming and photography offer to create world class photography, short-films and virtual tours. Recently, videos filmed and produced by Andrew have been chosen for several international film festivals. In July 2016 a tourism short-film filmed and produced for the Drakensberg Experience won an international award* at the Festival FilmAT in Poland - one of the biggest film festivals of tourism, ecology and art in the world.
*Winner: The Best Promotional Film of Region (more than 5 minutes). Link: http://filmat.home.pl/autoinstalator/wordpress4/winners/