Rising above the rest…

Demolition drone video takes top prize.

North Carolina drone pioneer Nelson Aerial Productions has taken home first place in the Second Annual Engineering Drone Video of the Year contest held at AUVSI Xponential in Chicago, IL.

The video titled “The Big Boom” documents 10 separate building implosions across the United States. Of the 10 implosions, eight were for Greensboro, NC based D.H. Griffin Wrecking Company and two were for explosives demolition company, Pettigrew Inc., based out of Swedesboro, NJ.

Jordan Nelson of Nelson Aerial Pros was in attendance to receive the award. “Most people will never get to experience the raw power of an implosion. I love the challenge of telling the story from every angle,” said Nelson.

Nelson and his team utilize tens of thousands of dollars of camera equipment in the air and on the ground for any given implosion and spend days preparing and visualizing what those angles should be. The more notable implosions of the 10 in “The Big Boom” were the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta, GA; Lifeway Tower in downtown Nashville, TN; and Senate Plaza in Harrisburg, PA. Nelson filmed his 14th building implosion this past weekend in Lousiville, KY.

Read more here or, better still, view the award-winning film below:

The Big Boom from Nelson Aerial Productions Inc on Vimeo.