Drones and UAVs in Cinematography & Film Production

Drones and UAVs in Cinematography & Film Production

Unmanned aerial vehicles surely made many of our daily tasks easier. Today, we have Amazon Prime Air, a drone air delivery service, and CyberHawk, a live inspection service operated by drones. Both are a testament to how developed drones have become. Although drones have been used in various industries, their contribution has not yet reached their optimal potential. However, perhaps this is not the case in film and motion picture production, an industry in which drones have become an immovable pillar of production in recent years.

In the era of billions of dollar blockbusters and computer-generated imagery, it is imperative to get exquisite shots while making movies. Drones help film directors do exactly that. It’s fair to say that they have changed the way directors shoot movies. With the help of drones, directors today can fire impossible shots. Modern drones are easy to operate. They are simple enough for filmmakers who are familiar with remote controls and joysticks to capture great shots. Drones made techniques such as aerial and crane shooting easily achievable if you are a good drone pilot. Especially since drone-tied cameras are equipped with three axes of stability, which almost guarantees a perfect shot, even if you’re not as good a pilot.

The cinematographic possibilities are great and the sky is the limit. Recently, in a segment on Good Morning America, a company called DJI that makes movie drones showed footage shot by a drone of an erupting volcano in Iceland. Before the introduction of drones, that footage was almost impossible to take. It was too risky for humans and too far for satellites, which did not have the lens or angle to capture such unique images. The footage looked like a piece from a natural science documentary. It was of the same quality as the images taken by the cameramen.

DJI, owned by Chinese drone man Frank Wang, announced on April 17 the launch of the most powerful drone ever used in film, the Matrice 600. A short online video was released demonstrating just how powerful this is. new drone. The video featured a cinematographer filming a martial arts scene using the drone in Beijing. The new Matrice 600 is compatible with a wide range of pluggable cameras. It allows professional cameramen to use small DSLR cameras like Canon, Panasonic, Black Magic, Sony, Nikon and large RED cameras as if they were handheld. The images displayed were spectacular, to say the least.

Matrice 600 is just the beginning of a new line of powerful camera drones that is changing the very nature of cinematography as we know it. Previously, major movie franchises like James Bond’s Skyfall and the Harry Potter series have used drones to film some famous scenes. With the success of these filming techniques, one can only hope that at some point flying drones and unmanned aerial vehicles will fully take over the cinematography of the film, rendering the regular cameraman obsolete and reducing his role to a proprietor. remote control. Fortunately for the film industry, directors are naturally manipulative, and learning new tricks is always in the audience’s favor.


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