Interview with CEO of SCP Aerials, Richard Kimber
Tell us about SCP Aerials. What inspired you to start it?
We began experimenting with drone filming about five years ago after winning a bid to film the world’s biggest multi-sport adventure race in Inner Mongolia. The Chinese government had invited the world’s top endurance athletes to race through the deserts and grasslands of the region and we were brought in to film it all. The terrain was vast and the scenery was stunning. Many of my film team were keen amateur endurance racers themselves and we were really excited to try to capture the amazing vistas and show how tiny the athletes appear when confronted by huge sand dunes and rivers. Exploring in this type of wilderness is the very essence of adventure racing so it was really important to capture it. Also we all love playing with new technology and we were sure that if we could make it work for this project we could find lots of other uses for it in the future.
What are your main projects to date?
Drone filming is a fast growing business and a well established industry in Hong Kong. Can you give us an overview of the industry and how it has grown?
Hong Kong is the biggest drone hub in the world. Is the competition for drone filming tight?
There are raising concerns about safety or privacy with drones. How do you address these?
What were the main challenges you’ve encountered/solved?
What is your most memorable moment so far?
What is the future of Drone technology according to you?
What do you think of Hong Kong’s Startup Scene?
What’s next for SCP Ariels?
What are 3 things you want consumers to remember about your company?
Interview by Ludivine Taverne