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Since opening its doors in 1993, Prairie Pictures’ StormStock has become known as the “go to” source for all kinds of storm footage including some of the most comprehensive collection of tornadoes in the world. That makes sense considering the StormStock production team is based in Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas, the largest metropolitan area in the legendary Tornado Alley region of the US. More tornadoes occur in Texas than anywhere else on earth.
“We’ve shot all kinds of tornado content, from dramatic to beautiful,” said StormStock founder Martin Lisius. “We have wild, hand-held shots, and rock steady cinematic style footage captured on HD, 4K and 35mm film.” Lisius and his team are highly-skilled weather forecasters who spend hundreds of hours each year poring over both real-time and computer model data to determine where they need to be later in the day to capture a photogenic tornado.
Prairie Pictures’ StormStock has produced and licenced premium weather and climate content for TV and film projects worldwide since 1993. Category topics include lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, and storm clouds.
Footage released today shows the first video of a boiling methane fountain in the Arctic Ocean. Methane is a powerful climate change gas and is being released from cold storage under the sea.
The giant methane ‘cauldron of bubbles’, which was discovered earlier this month in the East Siberian Sea, has been revealed in a series of pictures and videos. Scientists said the fountain was ‘shocking’ and described it as ‘violently boiling’ when it was spotted near Bennett Island. It was produced when permafrost began to thaw under the sea and released methane trapped in frozen soil. Lead researcher from Tomsk Polytechnic University Professor Igor Semiletov told the Siberian Times: ‘This is the most powerful gas fountain I have ever seen…
Lovely California can no longer be called “The Sunshine State” - perhaps a more apt title would be “The Wildfire State”, as flames ravage it again in footage from Bloomberg.
A wildfire in Northern California has spread to 10,000 acres fuelled by strong winds and dry conditions. The fast-moving brush fire comes as PG&E Corp. began shutting off power to 179,000 residents in 17 California counties including Sonoma County on Wednesday, as part of a second major intentional blackout this month meant to head off potential wildfires.
A Munich-based company has created a personal flyer, aimed at providing an air taxi service, which it plans to use in the UK, possibly as soon as 2025. Here is some footage of it transitioning from vertical to horizontal flight, a difficult manoeuvre.
The company, Lilium, is also announcing the completion of its first manufacturing facility and plans for a much larger second factory in preparation for a 2025 commercial launch.
In the flight footage, the five-seater all-electric Lilium Jet can be seen taking off vertically and then moving to horizontal flight, and then performing similarly to a conventional light aircraft.
Describing this type of transition as one of “aerospace’s greatest challenges,” Lilium claims it gives the Lilium Jet a range advantage over some other competitors, with its two sets of wings contributing to much higher levels of efficiency than in aircraft lifted solely by rotors.
“Powered by 36 all-electric jet engines, the aircraft has zero operating emissions and requires less than 10% of its maximum 2000 horsepower during horizontal cruise flight thanks to the lift generated by having two sets of wings,” explains Lilium.
The company — which reportedly is currently raising a large round of funding, thought to be around 400 million pounds — is also announcing that its aircraft has now been flown at speeds exceeding 100 km/h and undergone “increasingly complex” manoeuvres. The objective is to be able to complete journeys of up to 300 kilometres in one hour on a single charge. Lilium is looking to the UK as a significant market, as main hubs are within this range, and imagining services such as London-Manchester, Manchester-Birmingham, Birmingham-London and London-Brighton.
Submissions for the 17th FOCAL International Awards are Now Open
The FOCAL Awards celebrate the very best use of archival footage across the creative and cultural industries. From cinematic features to the use of footage in live events: there is no doubting the immediacy and power that footage can bring, which this unique award competition recognises.
They also celebrate the best examples of archive restoration and preservation practice as well as the people and companies that make up the industry and without whose hard work and vision none of this would be possible.