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7 Sep

How To Create a Drone Shot List

There’s a lot more to filming great footage with your drone than just your operating and photography skills. Capturing the perfect shot requires quite a bit of back work from finding a beautiful destination to understanding the region from fluctuations in the weather to crowds and accessible places to get the best view. Here is a to-do list before before heading out to shoot with your drone. Scope Out the Area  The first thing you need to do is to plan out the area you’ll be filming in and get familiar with it. First, check on AirMap to make sure that the airspace you want to fly in is legal. Once you have confirmed that, you’ll want to locate a safe spot that...
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6 Jul

Storytelling with Drones

Producing cinematographic shots like the action-packed ones that you see full of strong angles and death-defying stunts are expensive and risky at the same time. But, the emergence of drones has solved the issue of aerial cost per shot while still providing the public with beautiful and breathtaking imagery. Visual storytelling through the use of drones has almost become required for all filmmakers across the board. Here are 5 reasons why drones are here to stay in the film industry and certain ways to maximize their potential! 1. Versatility When people associate drones with movies, they automatically think of aerial coverage of vast cities and miles and miles of luscious forestry. In todays day of age, drones are used for far more...
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15 Jun

A Breakdown of Drone Cinematography Techniques

To make amazing video reels and awe inspiring cinematography, a videographer must possess a vast array of skill sets to bring his or her picture to life. They must have an unique eye to envision the shot, an uncanny ability to transform the norm into something extravagant, and a variety of different shots to amaze the audience. One way to amaze the audience is by using drones to provide aerial imagery. We will outline some basic shot techniques used by renowned operators to achieve cinematic aerial shots! 1. Slow and Steady The number one rule when using drones for film is to fly slow. Going slower is usually more cinematic and gives the viewer the idea that you are shooting from a...
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4 Jan

Golden Globe Nominated Film The Revenant Shot Almost Exclusively with Natural Light

Naturally lit still from The Revenant
As we prepare to bid adieu to 2015 and enter into 2016, we’re in the season of buzzy, Oscar bait movies that flood the cineplexes in the winter months and capture the attention and accolades of critics and awards shows alike. One film that’s receiving an abundance of critical acclaim this year is The Revenant, an expansive, epic Western film inspired by the life and story of famed frontiersman Hugh Glass. The film has received numerous nominations, including four at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards including Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Picture –Drama. While lots of praise is being showered on the movie itself, its director and the performances from its actors, one...
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2 Dec

Flying Robots Bring Aerial Cinematography to the Masses

Just a few years ago, filmmakers had to spend a ton of money on long, continuous, sweeping shots. It required cranes, helicopters, CGI or a combination of all three. Because of the hassle, these techniques were relegated to the Hollywood elite. Those days are nearing an end though. Now, affordable drones have leveled the playing field by allowing aspiring filmmakers to steal some of Hollywood's magic. Nowhere was this potential more realized than at the first Flying Robots international Film Festival (FRiFF). With a submission fee of just $5 and a $15 dollar admission to the festival, accessibility is the name of the game. Sponsored by a slew of drone companies, it was clear that FRiFF felt that they had something to prove...
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