XM2 Aerial are leaders in the use of UAV for aerial cinematography.
XM2 are a UAV design and services company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with offices in Gold Coast, Los Angeles and Seoul. We provide world-class aerial cinematography services globally. We are consistently working on the biggest feature films, documentaries and television commercials in the world, as our focus and skill set is in high value production.
XM2 Aerial are a full service company and experts in the deployment of UAV into commercial environments. We have worked on some of the biggest films in the world and there’s a reason for that. Our team of experts range from ex-Marine Mechanical Engineers, National Record-holding RC & UAV Pilots, Camera Operators, Commercial Photographers, Safety Technicians, Cinematographers, Development Managers and Film Location Managers.
What sets XM2 apart is that we research, develop, custom design, manufacture, test and fly our own aircrafts. This translates to peace of mind in working with A company that knows their product. We have an impeccable safety record with zero reportable incidents and accidents.
Combined with our expert understanding of workflows in pre, post and in production, our proven success in capturing high quality footage every time and our unique design methods, means XM2 are the safe option for high-end and technically complex film shoots.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Stephen is the founding director of XM2. Since it’s inception XM2 has grown to be an international service provider of aerial photography and videography of the highest level. Armed with his extensive experience as a producer and director in high-end film production, Stephen understands cinematography requirements and knows what it takes to successfully achieve projects within budget. His years of ever growing experience in the RC (helicopter and fixed wing) field has given Stephen the knowledge and training necessary to operate our entire arsenal of Drone tools.
Steve is an experienced senior executive having lead fast growth companies over the past 15 years. With a successful career as CFO for publicly listed technology companies in Australia, he has also founded several successful private companies. Steve is responsible for the design of the company to allow it to scale rapidly whilst maintaining and amplifying the innovative and service excellence that is the hallmark of XM2. Steve is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and has an MBA.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Aidan Kelly comes with over 15 years of RC experience and has established himself as a leader in the field of Drones as well as owner and operator of a successful business specialising in Drones in Melbourne Victoria. His knowledge is vast and includes business management, electronic and mechanical setups of aircraft, flight training and programming. An accomplished RC pilot with thousands of hours airtime matched with in depth technical knowledge gives the edge many wish to possess. His close ties to designers and manufacturers of aircraft platforms enables him to be a test pilot and assist in research and development of associated mechanical and electronic systems. Aidan also instructs and trains new pilots.
CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER
Luke Annells’ background is in Marine Engineering. With over 6 years professional experience in the offshore merchant shipping industry he has excelled in the roles of 3rd, 2nd and 1st Engineer. From a young age his passion has been to design and manufacture his own inventions. As a Marine Engineer he became proficient in mechanical, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Armed with these skill sets, Luke has been directly involved in the research, development and fabrication of every aircraft in our fleet and has honed his skills to the highest level. Luke is also an accomplished and record holding RC helicopter pilot (instructor rating) and multi-rotor pilot with over 13 year’s experience. Coupling his piloting skills with his engineering expertise has produced Drones that are both reliable and precisely controllable.
CAMERA OPERATOR / EDITOR
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