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.
GROUP CEO / CAMERA OPERATOR / TECHNICAL ADVISOR
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.
COO / PILOT
Aidan Kelly is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of XM2 Aerial. With over 20 years’ experience in flying remotely piloted aircraft, Aidan has built and flown systems in the most demanding situations around the world andprovides a unique combination of business and technical skills. As an accomplished pilot he has flown on the sets of the world’s largest feature films and this experience is incorporated into the design and manufacture of new, heavy lift, cinematography aircraft. His business expertise allows the team to constantly push the boundaries and brings new opportunities to XM2 Aerial, keeping it at the forefront of the industry. The results of this includes drone operations with the some of thelargest film, TV and media production houses and collaborations with universities, resource companies and government agencies around the world.
CTO / CHIEF PILOT
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.
CFO / PRODUCER
Jonathan Hong’s 20+ years of production experiences as camera operator, DP and producer on hundreds of commercials (Samsung, Toyota, Hyundai, HP, Budweiser just to name of a few) brings key components to XM2’s elite aerial service coordination across the globe.
In Addition to being XM2’s producer, he is also in charge of XM2’s financial and expansions.
BRAND AMBASSADOR – NORTH AMERICA
ACCOUNT MANAGER / CAMERA OPERATOR
CHIEF TECHNICAL MANAGER / PILOT
SAFETY OFFICER / PILOT / CERTIFICATION
LIDAR / PHOTOGRAMMETRY OPERATOR / PILOT
R&D / HEAD DESIGNER