WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
Ascend Aerials was founded in 2014 by Louie Northern, a former Architect, and the company began as a remote head operator which utilized UAS/UAV’s [drones] as their primary aerial platform/vehicle. Ascend’s team were early adopters of drone technology, and as a result, they have gained a tremendous amount of successful flight/film experience, making them one of the most experienced Aerial/UAV companies in the country.
In the early days of drone usage, the Federal Aviation Administration [FAA] required operators of all commercially flown UAV’s to be FAA licensed pilots [for manned aircraft]; in response to this requirement, Mr. Northern attended flight school in 2015 and became an FAA licensed pilot. In addition to the ‘Pilot Requirement’, the FAA also required that operators petition for [and also be granted] what is referred to as a 333 Exemption. This Exemption was the only pathway for companies to operate legally, and Ascend Aerials was among the first few to gain this authorization. By virtue of being one of the first companies in existence to gain a 333 Exemption, Ascend Aerials has been operating much longer than most in the space.
Today, the threshold for drone operators has been substantially reduced as the FAA removed the requirement for the manned aircraft pilot’s license in 2016, and this further distinguishes Ascend Aerials as a leader for both safety and cinematic execution in the industry.
In 2017, Ascend Aerials leveraged their expertise as remote head operation experts, and began offering additional complementary services to their aerial services.
Today, Ascend Aerials offers a multitude of Specialty Camera Movement services including Aerials, Insert Camera Car Work, ULTRA Arm Camera Car Work, Handheld Movi Work, and Remote Camera Car Work.
Mr. Northern is an FAA licensed Pilot and a capable UAS operator with hundreds of hours in flight/film experience. He is a Local 600 Director of Photography and serves as the lead Pilot for the Ascend Aerials team. Louie brings a comprehensive understanding of flight safety and aeronautical standards to each of his projects, and he guides his team to safe delivery of exceptional content. Louie has filmed for some of the largest film studios in the world, and has seen his work play on both prime-time television as well as in movie theaters all over the globe.
Originally trained as a Landscape Architect, and with over fifteen years of experience in the creative industry, Louie has an extensive project base to draw from for creative inspiration. As a practicing designer, Mr. Northern focused his work on projects in the Leisure + Culture realm, and he currently applies his broad understanding of this discipline to his approach on film sets today.
In 2014, Mr. Northern founded Ascend Aerials, and he currently leads their team of specialty camera movement experts on projects which range from News Gathering, to Scripted Television and Narratives, to Feature Films. Louie and his team strives to capture their subjects in both an artistic and lasting composition while clearly communicating the vision of each of their clients’ stories.
Originally trained as a Landscape Architect, and with years of professional photography experience, Scott has an unmatched sense for the refined and a talent for creating [and executing] a creative vision in a way that captures the best from his subjects. Scott is a Local 600 Camera Operator, and his attention to detail elevates his craft in a way that manifests through artistic expression and captivating motion graphics.
Scott effortlessly translates the vision of our Directors and DP's into reality, and he does it on the first take.
Ascend Aerials uses state-of-the-art UAS coupled with state-of-the-art video equipment to capture high quality aerial photography and film. We mount high definition cameras on our UAS and then fly your project in order to deliver footage that is unlike anything one could create without the advent of UAS technology. The finished product is a polished reel, set to a fully mastered soundtrack, which you [own and] can showcase on your website, all in your vision and inline with your branding. We focus on the experience that is specific to your identity, tailoring each piece to highlight and emphasize the unique character of your offering.
Our mission is to craft a tailor made story-line that will captivate your viewers' hearts with our refined cinematic style, and their minds with our unforgettable imagery.
We capture breathtaking low-altitude imagery not possible any other way.