The footage itself was captured by Ratcliff, according to his own description, using a “New DJI Phantom 2 with Zenmuse H3-3d 3-axis Gimbal and Gopro Hero 3+ Black Edition”. As can be seen, Ratcliff doesn’t like to muck around when he assembles his drone kit for a footage gathering expedition.
Ratcliff spent a considerable portion of 2014 in Beijing, the capital of China. While Beijing does have a reputation for being slightly mysterious and rather off putting to outsiders, the people of the city that were captured in the video seem friendly enough. However, Ratcliff was either unaware, or chose to ignore, the significance of the date that he chose for shooting the footage – the 25th anniversary of the notorious Tiananmen Square incident.
What happened after he finished taking the footage with his drone was a slightly Orwellian episode of police state questioning which Ratcliff describes in homely and comical detail on his website. It’s a story worth reading, as well as a reminder not to take the freedoms bestowed by Western democracy for granted.
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