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ACS celebrates landmark 40th Anniversary

02 April 2019
Aerial Camera Systems, specialist camera,Peter Allwork,40 birthday

This year, Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The company was founded in 1979 by aerial cinematographer and pioneer of aerial filming techniques, Peter Allwork. Allwork worked with some of the world’s greatest directors; Alfred Hitchock, Orson Welles, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott and Richard Attenborough.

As Managing Director of the company, Matthew recognised the growing demand for specialist cameras in televising sport.

In 1994 he took the company to Lillehammer for the Winter Olympics where the ACS crew provided a variety of new and exciting specialist camera systems for use in the live coverage of the Games. He won a Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for Product Innovation in televised sport for the use of a wirecam and revolutionised the way racing was televised, introducing the tracking vehicle to the coverage – something ACS are proud to continue to this day with a wide range of service provision to ITV Racing.

It is this passion for innovation that is rooted within the company’s foundations and feeds through to all the team at Aerial Camera Systems (ACS). Our in-house Development team have taken Peter and Matthew’s legacy forward to the current day - developing highly sophisticated tracking camera systems. For example, the SMARThead™ remote head family were used for the coverage of major state events and most recently the SMARTgrip™ and RF Pico Move.

Since 1979 the Aerial Camera Systems’ team are proud to have been involved in the coverage of some of the greatest broadcast events and films. We’ve been there to witness the weddings of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, followed Paul McCartney on Tour, been to the Oscars, flown with Harry Potter, kept up with Usain Bolt, celebrated a 20 year history supplying specialist cameras for both Winter and Summer Olympics, witnessed Nature’s Great Events with the BBC Natural History Unit, cheered when Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon title and delivered large aerial co-ordination projects for the UEFA Euros and the FIFA World Cup.

Our diversity in work reflects our diversity in the cameras we have in our inventory which include:

    From the very beginning we have continued to develop our skills and expand our camera range so much so, that Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) is now widely recognised as a world leader in the provision of specialist camera systems as well as aerial filming in the UK and around the world.
    Forty years on, we continue to defy expectations, strive for excellence and be there to capture the world’s greatest events.

    To our award-winning, talented and dedicated team THANK YOU for helping Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) become a leading provider for specialist filming requirements. To all our valued clients, past and present, THANK YOU for supporting us for the past forty years. We’re looking forward to the next 40!

    A BAFTA award winner, Peter undertook aerial filming sequences for films including Superman, For Your Eyes Only, A View to a Kill and Out of Africa. He was later joined at the company by his son, Matthew, who inherited his father’s skills as a talented aerial cinematographer. Work continued on feature films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Braveheart.

    high performance compact robotic heads to minicams 

    stabilised mounts 

    aerial drones 



    tracking vehicles 

    the unique sponsor funded EyeFlyer blimp.