A sneak peak into the start of Helivate Films

Helivate Films LC was created in September of 2013 by Zac Eskelsen (Me). At the time I had been working as a computer programmer and had a passion for film. for years I would spend my spare time working with friends and their film business learning all the tricks of the trade and then I would put it into practice. In my quest to become a better cinematography I came across a new venture, aerial cinematography.
As I came across the relatively new idea of multi-rotor aircraft I invested in a very small quadcopter, one that was too small to carry any type of camera. I spend day after day training on this to see if I could gain the skill-set to actually film. As the months passed I gained enough skill to decide to invest in a small custom quadcopter to do some goPro videography.
As I invested in the new quadcopter I ran into many issues that taught me the technical side of the multi-rotor. As I became more acquainted with the technical aspects of the helicopters, I was sure to spend my days training to get the cinematic shots and not just being another pilot who could fly but didn’t understand the rules of cinematography.
With time I was able to start Helivate Films and slowly build up clientele. This was and still is the most difficult process, but I have always made one thing my goal. Make sure my clients are fully satisfied with my work at the end of the day and that I made their job easier.


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    Michael Paul Jones – Director | Director of Photography
    Zac Eskelsen, Owner of Helivate Films kills it!!!! He took our production level to the skies with moving dynamic imagery. It’s always great to have people on your team willing to push the envelope and take chances to create that amazing shot, Zac is that person. Super easy going, wonderful to work with and an amazing pilot. I would recommend him to anyone for their professional aerial needs. - Mike Jones.
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    Scott Wilhite — writer | producer | director, Big Sherpa Film Co.
    Zac saved my bacon. We were nearly to our location in Moab (4 hours away) when our aerial cinematographer had to turn back with a family emergency. Called Zac. Not only was he very accommodating with our immediate schedule, but he quickly got the concept and was able to capture images that enhanced the cinematic storytelling of our show. So easy to work with. And talented too. Thanks Zac.
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    Sondra Lathem – Unit Production Manager, BYU Broadcasting
    I found my experience with Zac Eskelsen and Helivate Films to be outstanding in every way. Not only can they “deliver the goods” when it comes to aerial photography, they were professional to work with, prompt at responding to our questions, and attentive to our needs. I would highly recommend Helivate.
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    Sean Slobodan – Director of Photography, Vivint Marketing
    Helivate Films has been awesome to work with. They come ready with great ideas and solutions. I always come away with assets that I'm super pumped on.
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