Unmanned aerial vehicles have been used more and more commonly as filmmaking tools over the past decade predominantly due to their lower cost of operation than a full sized helicopter and their reliability. Before drones were invented, even the simplest of aerial photography wasn’t an option for most filmmakers on lower budgets, since helicopters were, as you can imagine, out of many indie filmmakers’s grasps.
Now, drones can be purchased inexpensively, depending on your needs and budget, and can open a whole new world of aerial imagery to wow and amaze movie watchers the world over.
Flying camera computers:
Drones were often perceived as being exactly that, flying camera computers, and in truth, they were, and are, precisely that. Modern drones have the ability and technology to detect faces, fly in peoples’ wake, fly and land on their own and perform the types of cinematic tricks that filmmakers could only dream of.
Not only is technology advancing at an exponential rate, but the cost of drones is dropping year by year, making them even more affordable for the public and low-budget movie makers to tell their stories in new and exciting ways.
Learning how to pilot a drone:
While anyone can buy a drone and fly it, it takes thousands of hours of practice, skill development, and collaboration in order to pull off cinema-level shots that wow their audience. Modern movie makers are taking lessons and courses on how to fly them safely and take full advantage of their technology. While this is achievable by most enthusiasts, it’s always a safer bet to hire a professional who dedicates their time and energy into making everything run smoothly and professionally.
Movies filmed using drone footage:
Stunning, jaw dropping aerial footage is now so much more easily accessible, that movies are becoming more and more visually effective as each year passes through the use of drones. The footage gained can be far more diverse and give low budget films, the impression of being Hollywood blockbusters without a small fortune having to be spent. This is great news for filmmakers who are just starting out or who are on tight budgets and gives them equal opportunity when it comes to box office ratings or award nominations.
Drones are helping movie makers create big budget style films at a minimal cost, and their popularity and ease of use has been spotted by other industries, too. Realtors are using drones to capture dramatic and detailed footage of land and property, wildlife organisations are using drones to monitor wildlife and track poachers, while some companies are test running them for package delivery. Their potential is huge, and their popularity is unquestionable, and when you’re next watching a movie that contains stunning, panoramic or aerial images remember to give thanks to the humble, innocuous looking drone!