Vortec, a New Zealand company, beat 80 other entrants in a competition to design and build the next generation of drones. By winning the C-Prize, Vortec has been recognised by the New Zealand government for breakthrough technology in the screen industry.
The C-Prize competition challenged teams to design and build a prototype UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that could overcome three limitations in their use for film: strong wind, rotor noise and the inability to track moving objects.
New Zealand innovators and entrepreneurs entered the competition to overcome these three challenges and create the next generation of UAV technology. Their products were judged by representatives from UAV companies including Aeronavics, cinematographers from the New Zealand Film Commission, and independent aerial camera operators. Ultimately the Vortec range was shown to solve the biggest problems with current approaches to aerial cinematography.
The New Zealand screen industry’s reputation for cutting-edge film-making is acclaimed worldwide. Combined with our open airspace and progressive regulations, New Zealand is the perfect location for innovators to commercialise world leading UAV technology for the film, media, and gaming industries.