XM2 Aerial

XM2 Aerial are the world leaders in drone based aerial cinematography, catering to the major motion picture, visual effects and TV industries
Ausfilm Member since 2016
Constant technological developments combined with a deep understanding of on-set workflow creates a highly skilled, precise and efficient drone unit that is able to produce the creative vision of the Director and DOP in every corner of the globe.

The in-house engineers are able to adapt and incorporate payloads onto aerial platforms, creating constant advancements in efficiency and capability. XM2 Aerial continues to demonstrate the ability to get the shot in the most technically, logistically and environmentally demanding locations around the world. This is achieved while applying thorough risk mitigation and a safety-first culture that meets and exceeds international standards.

XM2 Sierra has changed the perception of what drones can achieve. Prior to the development of Sierra, drones could only carry smaller, stripped down camera packages. At the moment, full camera packages on cranes are generally limited to 70 feet while helicopters can only come down to 500 feet. The design, manufacture and operation of XM2 Sierra bridges this gap, matching most camera rigs used on cranes and helicopters and able to mimic the manoeuvres that they are able to perform.

XM2 Aerial are proud of their ability to capture long lens, intimate and artistic shots, proven on a number of recent feature films. Being involved early in planning allows XM2 to maximise the creativity and the range of option for the production. The development and integration of specialised equipment allows a fast turnaround from idea to development.

XM2 Aerial has an in-house research and development team that produces bespoke engineering solutions for a wide variety of applications. Custom camera mounting equipment, gimbal accessories as well as aircraft components are designed, manufactured and tested on a regular basis. The development carried out by XM2 Aerial is facilitated by on-set experience. An intimate knowledge of on-set workflow allows for the constant improvement of components and systems, thus improving efficiency. Our engineers and technicians have CNC mills and routers at their disposal in order to produce aluminium and carbon fibre components.

XM2 Aerial has played an integral role as part of Visual Effects units for a number of feature films and have developed new systems and equipment to capture what was previously impossible. The visions of Directors, DOPs, and VFX Supervisors are unique and XM2 Aerial provides options to capture the data that they need. XM2 Aerial fully understands requirements of the VFX departments and can execute plate tiles, 180 and 360 bubbles, LIDAR scans and photogrammetry modelling, on-set or on location, as part of production or as an independent unit.


Stephen Oh

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Aidan Kelly

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+61 3 9568 8458


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Put simply – we know how to translate creative and artistic vision into moving pictures with skill and precision, and the highest level of safety and reliability.

We have operated over the open seas, jungles, snow covered mountains, deserts, rainy highland conditions and populated urban areas. We are certified in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and have relationships with partner certified organizations in many other countries, giving us the ability to operate in almost any location globally.

Our teams have worked on shoots across Australia, New Zealand, USA, Italy, Belarus, Croatia, Korea, Malaysia, Germany, Greece, Vanuatu, Spain, Belgium and Cuba.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 
  • Thor Ragnarok
  • Lion
  • Westworld
  • Pacific Rim Uprising
  • Aquaman
  • Asura
  • The Leftovers
  • The King’s Daughter
  • Red Dog: True Blue
  • The Dressmaker
  • Sir David Attenborough’s ‘Great Barrier Reef