Posted on August 12, 2014, by Robbie Allen

Europe's largest ballooning event filled the city for the 36th year - with over 100 balloons taking to the skies in a spectacular display. Hundreds of thousands attended the four-day festival, with multiple activities including parachuting, wing-walkers and flight shows. 

The first balloons

Our team packed their cameras to attend the first sights of balloons, including an early-morning press launch on our home turf - the beautiful Queen Square. We filmed and produced broadcast-quality video and time-lapse for news channels and social media, delivering the content within hours - here’s the edited highlights:

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta - Press Launch 2014 from Lobster Pictures on Vimeo

An event perfect for time-lapse

It may take an hour from balloons arriving on the field to when they take off, so time-lapse is a great way to bring these majestic craft to life. Events such as the Bristol Balloon Fiesta are challenging to film - with early starts and late finishes, constantly changing British weather, a fast-changing landscape and huge crowds.
“Each year the event brings a festival atmosphere to the City - the floods of colour and movement during the mass ascents are perfect for timelapse and video" said Thom Barnes, Lobster Pictures Producer. 

We were proud to produce this film for the iconic Fiesta to use in telling the story of this year’s event.