TV producers seek help locating drone lost over Keuka

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Above, the drone that was lost last week over Keuka Lake on the West Branch near the end of Bluff Point.

TV producers are looking for a high-end drone they were using to film on Keuka Lake recently.

The group from FamTeam TV was working on a potential television project in the area when they lost contact with the quadcopter drone, nicknamed “Wilbur,” on the west branch of Keuka Lake, not far from the end of the bluff.

“We have been filming all week with our ground-level cameras as well as our high-end quadcopter drone (DJI Inspire 2),” Paul Arndt said in an email. “On our last day of filming (Wednesday morning), we were filming one last scene involving the main character standing on a dock as the drone flew away revealing Keuka Lake — near where the Y shape begins. The signal to the drone became disconnected (we haven’t investigated why yet) and it never came back to us.”

Arndt is the oldest son of the Arndt family. The 13 brothers and one sister were featured in one season of the TLC reality show “Kids by the Dozen.”

The project being filmed, which doesn’t yet have a distributor, is tentatively titled “Vine Valley.”

The family is from Illinois, but has been in the Finger Lakes filming frequently over the last few years.

Arndt said unfortunately, the drone does not float, so someone may have to get lucky to find it. “We would be happy to give a reward if (it is) found,” he said.

Anyone who believes they’ve found the quadcopter can contact Arndt at or call 618-920-6039.