Drone Cinematography is Moviemaking's Next Big Thing
New technologies coupled with shifts in FAA policy are making it easier for indie filmmakers to shoot with drones, says Angela Watercutter over at Wired.
Poor, poor drones. All the hooplah over the past few years about drone warfare has led to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) getting a bad rap. But now, with the advent of new technology and relaxed FAA policies, UAVs have been afforded an opportunity to rehabilitate their image. And just like any Hollywood rags-to-riches story, it's the movies that are gonna' do it.
Angela Watercutter explores the new frontier of drone cinematography in a fabulous piece published today on Wired's spiffy, newly redesigned website. She first recounts her experience operating a 350 QX3 AP Combo drone, commenting on its accessibility and ease, then using its camera to take a "dronie," which is exactly what you think it is. Watercutter writes that the emergence of pilotless aircraft makes aerial and tracking shots like this one a whole lot easier. So easy, in fact, that there's an entire film festival this weekend dedicated to drone-shot films.
Movie studios and indie filmmakers alike can benefit from this sort of technology. Take, for instance, this fan film from last year -- Superman With a GoPro:
Check out Watercutter's full piece at Wired. It's well worth a look.
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