March 22, 2018

Drone Video Awards analysis: NURKs Flight of the Year

Last week, we took a look at the winner of the Video of the Year award in the inaugural AirVūz Drone Video Awards. The video, “Moscow Aerial 5K” by Timelab.pro, was a visual work of art.

Now it’s time to look at the other big winner of the DVAs — the winner of the FPV Video of the Year. That award was given to Paul Nurkkala, aka nurkfpv, for his “NURK’s Flight of the Year // Trains, Bridges, Rapids, Mountains, Sunset, Gapping, Perching, Powerlooping.”

So what makes Nurk’s video award-worthy? For starters, it was one of those videos what made you say “whoa” as you watched it. When Nurk first released video of what he titled his flight of the year, it took the internet by storm. People in the FPV community praised him, while some outside of the FPV world scolded him for what they deemed was a risky flight. At any rate, the video received plenty of buzz.

There’s not much editing in Paul’s video. In fact, it’s just one shot of a flight from start to finish, with some music — a perfect song choice of “The Train from Washington” by Gil Scott-Heron — in the background. So unlike other videos that won their category in the Drone Video Awards, the editing was not the reason for Paul’s victory.

Instead, it was the things he was able to do with his quad during the flight. Flying under a moving train, inside a train car while it moved, and even a moment where his quad says hello to the train’s conductor all made this a compelling video. Nurk had already made a name for himself in the drone world by competing in the Drone Racing League and having success in other races, but this video definitely added to his profile in the community.

Paul has continued to produce plenty more great videos since his “Flight of the Year” was the talk of the town among FPV pilots. To see more of his work, check out his AirVūz profile. You can also follow him on Instagram.