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Over the course of the past year, something special was happening in the East Coast of Australia. A team of dedicated professionals, equipped with powerful drones and action cameras decided to make one of the most amazing aerial videos the world has ever seen.

The 4-minute clip includes shots of surfers conquering majestic waves, epic views of the ocean, a whale coasting near the shore and dolphins playing.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, hit play now.

(Video Credits: Ozzy Wright, Craig Anderson, Laird Hamilton, Dion Agius, Alex Knost, Scott Denis, Karl Attkins, Russel Bierke and Kalani Ball)

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Getting the Perfect Shot

Flying a drone is extremely challenging. On top of avoiding obstacles, worrying about camera positioning and angles makes the whole process nearly impossible to manage. To get a breathtaking shot like the ones from Eyes in the Sky Visuals, you’ll need to harness cinematic intent.

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According to 3DR’s drone guide, the skill relies heavily on visual communication:

“For instance, don’t just rise over your subject; rise up while tilting the camera down. As you do this, the perspective shifts smoothly. This type of interaction between the camera and the platform is what gives aerial photos their life and makes the perspective unique.”

“In fact, motion and perspective are the two biggest strengths of drone photography, so it’s good to remember how speed and perspective interact.”

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If done correctly, the shot should add an extra layer of unexplainable emotion to the clip. This technique can be seen throughout the beach video. The drone shoots rapidly during elements of fast-moving surfers and paddlers. On the other hand, shots of the whale were very still and slow, mimicking the way the animal floats on the water.

Music Helps Too

There’s no doubt background music plays an essential role in notable drone clips. Tunes that incorporate choppy synths and surreal sound effects complement the feeling of being suspended in the air.

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A blog post from Drone Film School suggests that the process of picking out a song for a drone video boils down to common sense:

“When it comes down to it, selecting the final track is mostly common sense. Know the theme, location and pace of your video and you should have no problem selecting an appropriate song for it.”

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The track chosen for the aerial surf showreel matched perfectly with the general theme of the video. It starts off in a dream-like state, again with the giant whale basking in the afternoon sun and the rusty shipwreck. As the music becomes more progressive, shots of monstrous waves swallowing people in the water fill the screen.

Sensory overload kicks in when the track peaks about three minutes into the clip.

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Eyes in the Sky Visuals

The creative director responsible for the jaw-dropping video is Spencer Frost. Based on the company’s Facebook page, Frost hails from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

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