The swooping establishing shots, the intense chase sequences, the infinity crane pull-aways. Arial cinematography has been a mainstay in filmmaking for decades. When the camera does things that it shouldn’t be able to do, it evokes a strong emotional response from our audience, and when done right, that can change the game for Directors and Cinematographers.
Until recently the only way to Michael-Bay-The-Hell out of your film was to rent a Helo pilot and send your rig and 1st AC into the hands of god. Now-in-days fortunately we have been given the gift of DRONES! With options like the DJI Phantom, and the 3DRobotics Iris, outfitted with top of the line GoPro’s you can bring the best in arial cinematography to your set for just around 2-3k$. Not bad considering the alternative.
But how do you pick which drone to send up?
The drone revolution may be one of the best and most powerful things to come to the hands of independent filmmakers.