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One Day On Earth 11.11.11 - my second film

Well, its finally finished - my second film for 11.11.11 takes a look at Remembrance Day and the 11am service at the Adelaide National War…


Added by Grant Willis on December 6, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

My First film for 11.11.11 - Adelaide Screetscape by Night - Timelapse

I ended up filming twice on 11.11.11 - here is the first film, shot as a bit of an experiment. What do people think?

Added by Grant Willis on November 11, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Welcome 11.11.11 - thinking of what to film!

It is hard to believe that it has already been one year since 10.10.10. Now that 11.11.11 is here, it is time to think about what to do this year.

Remembrance Day here in Australia is often a low key event. However, I thought it is something of significance to be worthy of capturing, and hopefully get a few people's reactions to Remembrance Day too and what it means to them.

I have some new camera gear this year as well - good in that the picture quality is better, bad in… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on November 5, 2011 at 7:25am — No Comments

Project Horus: The story behind the flight of Horus 8


Well here is the story behind why we failed to launch a balloon on 10.10.10. This is the story of 10.9.10 and what went wrong - Murphy's Law was well and truely with us that weekend.

Hope you… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on October 27, 2010 at 7:14am — No Comments

What Might have been - Helium Balloon Test Flight 10/9/10 (9th October)

Hi Folks,

The first of the films from what was supposed to only be the test flight of the helium balloon HD camera experiment is now up on Vimeo. This is a short compilation of the images captured from the camera attached to the balloon itself. You can see it here:

This flight took a left turn at the last minute when the balloon didnt burst where it was predicted to - resulting in the payload being carried out to see and landing 50m offshore over 60km away… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on October 21, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

My One Day on Earth in Adelaide, South Australia

My final plan for filming on 10.10.10 was to try and capture images of things I felt made my home city of Adelaide unique. The raw footage for this has now been uploaded, and tonight I have finished my own short film version of that content. While I won't be submitting the edited footage formally, I have placed it directly on Vimeo for all to see and have embedded it here for you to enjoy.

Hopefully this inspires others to complete their own works for this amazing… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on October 17, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Balloon Launch a BUST for 10.10.10 - Switching to the backup plan

Well, we have had an eventful afternoon. Saturday's launch on 10.9.10 which was predicted to be the safe launch did something very unexpected, with the burst of the balloon being delayed due to various factors. This lead to the payload travelling an additional 50-60km furtther than expected. The end result was that the payload landed in the ocean about 100m off shore. While we recovered it, the electronics were damaged, and so that payload will now not be available for 10.10.10.

We did… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on October 9, 2010 at 6:14am — No Comments

HORUS 8 Test Flight - 10.9.10 - Tracking now!

Well, as a trial run, Horus 8 is being flown today with two telemetry packages and the camera payload. This will give us a good idea of how things will work tomorrow morning.

Here is the current plot predictions showing where the balloon is from it's launch site to now - placing it 22.5km up. We expect to pack up and prepare to retrieve it in about 1.5hrs time!

The following link will take you to the tracking site for a live… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on October 8, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Balloon Flight - Weather improves - Declared a Go for 10.10.10 and Horus 9

Good news - we have just checked in with the project team and reviewed the predictions for the flight path and we have decided to go for a 2nd launch on Sunday morning!

More to follow!

Added by Grant Willis on October 8, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

10.10.10 Flight Doubtful - 60% chance

Helium Balloon Camera Flight for 10.10.10 - In Doubt due to the Weather

Well, the weather is not working in our favour very well for the 10.10.10 proposed launch, with the stable high presure system moving east and shifting the flight path still close to water for a landing. Unlike two days ago however we have become a little more optimistic.

As the Project Horus group wish to definitely fly this weekend, we will be… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on October 8, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Getting Closer - and now the weather is a factor!

First Flight Predictions

Now that we are within 7 days of the launch, we are able to start running predictions of where the balloon might actually fly. This is unfortunately raising some concerns as it is currently predicting that it will land in Lake Alexandrina - which will not permit recovery of the payloads - rendering the attempt pointless.

We can see the predictions here:…


Added by Grant Willis on October 5, 2010 at 5:22am — No Comments

Update: Launch team making progress for 10.10.10 Balloon Attempt

Just a quick update to say that progress is being made on flying a camera payload on the 10.10.10 to the edge of space. Terry and the balloon crew have blogged more about their preparations here.

The preparations for the filming is also progressing.

This is shaping up very well!

Added by Grant Willis on September 27, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

A sample of the potential flight video images from the Balloon

I have a meeting with the launch organiser for the Balloon flight on Friday night. Looks like the attempt is coming together. Spoke with the second tracking team tonight and am hopeful they will be available too.

I have just completed a montage of the photos from the last flight taken with the still camera which will give you an idea of what we might be able to capture with the video camera. Take a look!

This last flight (designated Horus 7)… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on September 13, 2010 at 4:00am — No Comments

Progress on the Balloon Flight

This is slowly coming together. I have one of the tracking party already commit to chasing the payload on the 10th of October. Terry is thinking about payloads now, and we have one of the local TV stations potentially interested in doing a spot on the flight during the weather segment as well.

A sample of what we saw on landing lasttime can be seen here:…


Added by Grant Willis on September 7, 2010 at 4:02pm — No Comments

New Film Idea - Amateur Space Exploration!

Well, after casting around and thinking of what to film that would be truely interesting and inspiring, I happened to be invited along the other day to an event that fits all of these criteria.

There is a group here in South Australia experimenting with Amateur Balloon flights, taking payloads to the edge of space. I was invited to participate in their last launch exercise where we chased a balloon 200km across South Australia to recover it and retrieve the photos that had been shot.… Continue

Added by Grant Willis on September 5, 2010 at 7:30am — 1 Comment


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