I recently became interested in drones, more specifically drone photography. I realised that there are two distinct breeds of dronists. Those who are using them for film purposes and those who are flying for the thrill of doing stunts and racing. I was very interested in the filming aspect and bought a stabilized drone with a 2.7K camera.
I now have many stock videos of landscapes, castles, lakes and beaches. However, it appears that most new drone pilots, myself included, stay very safe with their filming. Decent drones are relatively expensive and you tend to fly in a way to avoid crashes, i.e. take few risks. This tends to lead to boring, typical shots of looking at the land from a great distance while slowly moving across the sky. While this is interesting at first, the novelty soon wears off. I also noticed drone use in TV and Film and it seems that many of the clips used in TV and film follow this pattern.
Anyone can buy a drone and pop it into the sky and get good, static aerial footage. However, the best and most interesting footage is achieved by the most skillful pilots who are not afraid of crashing their expensive new toy.
Having said that, I am not seeing much of this amazing skill in films and TV yet.
Just look at the amazing skill of Robert McIntosh in the video below. I for one would love to see more shots like his in Film and TV.
The next video is from pilot Charpu and it is interesting to hear his mindset and clearly he is not afraid of crashing.
I would love to see much more of this type of footage in mainstream media and I am thinking that I should change my mindset with regards to drone filming and perhaps take more risks.
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