Brightfire Productions has a very unique set of skills and talents. Brightfire also own a comprehensive inventory of production equipment including a variety of broadcast quality cameras; Phantom Flex high speed, DJI drones, microphones, lighting, radios, sound systems, monitors and editing computers. We are a one stop shop for all your production needs.
Starting in the explosives industry, Brightfire quickly excelled, we are now responsible for many of the things you see on The Grand Tour
Mike Sansom, the founder of Brightfire, started his career in the field of explosive science and engineering. With these skills he quickly excelled in the realms of TV special effects and science and engineering presenting. Brightfire is now responsible for many of the things you see on shows such as; The Grand Tour, Top Gear, Strange Evidence, Food Unwrapped and the list goes on.
If you want a science and engineering presenter that actually knows the science and who actually builds the engineering projects, Mike is most definitely the man to speak to.
Brightfire's equipment is available for hire. The option of dry hire or with an operator is possible.
High speed - Phantom Flex 2.5K
PL, Nikon F
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A phantom Flex 2.5K
Image quality (pixel depth)
2560 x 1600 (max res)
2560 x 1440 (2.5K 1.78:1)
2048 x 1152 (2K 1.78:1)
1920 x 1080 (HD)
1920 x 1600 (Anamorphic)
1280 x 720 (720p)
256 x 8
Frame Rate (fps)
1,456 (max fps)
1,617 (max fps)
2,405 (max fps)
2,564 (max fps)
1,736 (max fps)
5,355 (max fps)
Max. frame rate at full HD, 1080p (1920x1080)
Max. frame rate at full frame 16:9 (2560 x1440)
Max. frame rate at 720p (1280x720)
Capture time at 1920 x 1080p at 1000fps
10.3 seconds SQ
5.1 seconds HQ
Size (camera only)
29.2 x 14 x 12.7 cm
Weight (camera only)
Here at Brightfire we have the rare commodity of a ultra high speed camera. Delivering buttery smooth slow motion in gorgeous 2.5K.
Meet the Brightfire Team
A few smiling faces and Ollie.
Presenter, Phantom Operator.
Shooting Producer Director.
Mike is the driving force behind Brightfire. A skilled engineer, chemist and pyrotechnician, Mike has been building things and then blowing them up since he can remember. As well as running the Brightfire business Mike takes a hands-on role in much of the company’s activities. Behind the camera he has contributed to Top Gear and The Grand Tour, and in front of the camera he has appeared on shows including How Hacks Work, Food Unwrapped and Strange Evidence.
A talented artist and maker, there isn’t much that Tom can’t turn his hand to. Working as a car mechanic, prop builder and SFX technician Tom has produced props for Hollywood movies and been the brains and hands behind extraordinary vehicles and pyrotechnic stunts for top TV productions including Top Gear, The Grand Tour and The Apprentice.
Ollie graduated university with a first, and unlike many of his colleagues, he was already working within Film and TV. As a talented director, cinematographer, and producer, Ollie heads up many main aspects of production. From emails to epilogues, Ollie is a hands-on contributor, constantly keeping the Brightfire timecode ticking.
Live Events Manager.
Working alongside Mike for over a decade, John is responsible for Brightfire’s live and corporate events. An experienced production manager with a background in circus and pyrotechnics John has worked in the entertainments industry for many years with a wide range of high-profile clients. John’s meticulous attention to detail ensures nothing is left to chance and that Brightfire always delivers on time and on budget.
Lindsay has been working alongside her father running the family farm for many years. She has been in charge of diversification, turning an old dairy farm into a thriving business. Highly focused on making the farm an ideal filming location, Lindsay is constantly developing the farm to suit the needs of TV and film productions alike
Glen plays a key role in keeping the Brightfire machine running smoothly, building and adapting various crazy commissions for TV and live events. As an experienced pyrotechnician and general all-rounder he also takes a lead role in firework displays and live events. Before joining Brightfire he had a proper grown up job working as an engineer for the likes of Rolls Royce and the Ministry of Defence.