National Geographic custom-built an interactive webpage to showcase my drone videography of the Notre-Dame cathedral of Paris.
The dedicated page allows viewers to navigate through five sections of the cathedral during reconstruction: the spire, the crossing, the nave, the bell towers and the side chapels. For each section, a 3D model highlights the area of the church, and multiple drone videos can be scrolled through. The interactive accompanies my February 2022 cover story on Notre-Dame in National Geographic magazine.
In order to fly a drone inside and above Notre-Dame, I needed a drone pilot’s license from the French government and a long list of authorizations from the Paris prefecture of police, nearby airports and the public institution in charge of the rebuilding of Notre-Dame. I spoke about overcoming some of the obstacles in an interview about the story behind the cover.
Credits for the interactive drone video webpage include:
Videos and Photographs: Tomas van Houtryve
Text: Robert Kunzig, Tomas van Houtryve
Development: Oscar A. Santamariña and Brian T. Jacobs
Design: Oscar A. Santamariña and Elaine Bradley
Video Producer: Shweta Gulati
Text Editor: Eve Conant
Photo Editors: James Wellford and Maya Valentine
Copy Editor: Cindy Leitner
3D renderings: MAP / Vassar College / Chantier Scientifique Notre-Dame de Paris / French Ministry of Culture / CNRS – 2021