Big Sky Film Production

The Flying Team

Our flying team members have an average of 20 years experience in Commercial Aviation, Custom UAV Airframe and Systems design, Precision UAV Flight, Film Production and Set Operations Management.

Steve Couzens:

CEO, Aerial Operations Manager, Ground Supervisor, 1st A.D., Director

Since 2013, Steve Couzens has been our Aerial Operations Manager / Ground Supervisor. His experience as a First Assistant Director, Producer and owner of the parent production company is backed by 30 years experience on over 1000 film projects. Steve specializes in set-management of complex projects involving helicopters, UAV's, camera car, motion control, VFX and shoot choreography with multiple components. His on-set experience and knowledge of UAV operations and procedures is a critical part in safely delivering the level of integrated-action aerials that sets us apart. Steve holds certificates for UAV Pilot Ground School training (TCTP15263E) and a ROC-A Radio Operators license.

Scott Gray:

Chief Pilot, Lead Systems Designer, CEO SGE Inc. (UAV Technology Affiliate)

Scott is a world-renowned professional RC/UAV helicopter pilot and engineer. He is a multi-time World Championship medalist and a North American top ranked precision and acrobatic R/C Helicopter pilot with more than 24 National & World titles. Scott is a commercially licensed pilot and owner of two aircraft including a Pitts aerobatic biplane. Founder of a new UAV aerospace company, Scott is a leader in innovation and emerging technologies for UAV based platforms. Scott's 20+ years experience in competitive UAV and fixed wing flying allows AerialCineMedia to deliver precise integrated flying for cinema not found anywhere else. 

Geoff Gurr:

Camera and Gimbal Systems Operator, Wireless Control Technician, Photographer

Geoff is a UAV/RC custom fabrication and wireless control specialist with over 18 years experience. His experience in CAD design, HD cameras and gimbal technology along with spatial awareness skills honed in R/C blimp operations and competitive sailing allow Geoff to excel at operating our airborne 3-axis camera gimbal systems. Geoff is also a design technician at SGE inc., our UAV technology affiliate company and is an expert in all our aerial systems. 

Kristi McNeil:

Executive Producer, Ground Supervisor, Visual Observer, Production Manager

Kristi has worked as our Ground Supervisor and Visual Observer on hundreds of UAV missions since 2013. Kristi has over 25 years experience as an Executive Producer and is an owner of the parent production company. Her experience as a producer of large scale film projects is a strategic asset in her role as a key member of our aerial operations team. Her knowledge of on-set operations as well as her experience with UAV procedures and Transport Canada guidelines is a critical part of our ability to safely deliver benchmark aerial imaging. Kristi also expertly manages our Corporate Business and Client Services.