Upon returning from a recent shoot in The Gambia (more on that to come), we were shown a
fantastic piece of footage shot over Chernobyl by a drone. If you have yet to see the footage
which was released last week, we urge you to take a moment to watch it:
‘Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl’ was shot by Danny Cooke whilst working for CBS News on a ‘60 Minutes’ episode which aired back in November '14. Whilst the Chernobyl disaster was 30 years ago, the devastation and the dangers are still present in the region. After the disaster at the nuclear reactor, the Soviets built a tomb to cover it, however it was never intended to last so long. Over the past five years, a mission has been underway to seal the reactor once and for all, however the reality is that the reactor still has the power to kill, and for many, the devastation continues.
Earlier this year, Danny Cooke visited Chernobyl and entered ‘The Zone,’ a 20 mile stretch of land which has now been abandoned for more than 30 years.
"Armed with a camera and a dosimeter Geiger counter," Cooke writes on his Vimeo page, "I explored..."
What we've seen from Cooke’s footage is an incredible piece of film, made even more surreal
by the clever use of drone footage. Cooke used a drone to get his ‘never seen before’ aerial shots.
Whilst Pripyat is safe to visit for short periods time, with parts of the area being declared safe for public tours, it is safe to say that the aerial footage takes the audience places it simply wouldn't be possible to go by any other means.
This is a truly outstanding piece of film and one which, as eerie as it is, bears testament to just
what is possible with a drone and some imagination!