Aerial Cinematography. Drones as Props. Consultations.
4K Videography from an Aerial Perspective.
A never ending pursuit for creative film making!
What is a drone?
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and also referred by several other names, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard.
The flight of UAVs may be controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle.
Where and what I can film?
Lets start with the 5 big (NO's).
1. No flying over 400 feet from ground
2. No flying 30 minutes after Sunset or before
3. No flying in National Parks.
4. You must stay within 'Line of Sight' of the Drone.
5. You must get a waiver to fly-in controlled airspace.
As long as you follow those rules you can film anything that the camera can capture.
How long does a shoot take?
Fixed Landmarks and Real-Estate can take about an hour for the basic shots. More dynamic shooting that involves drone and camera movement can take up to two hours.
Any kind of 'tracking' where the drone has to follow a target on the ground can take up to 3 hours.
Note that the average flight time per battery is about 25 minutes. You need to allow time to take of and land, which gives you about 15minutes of filming per half hour of flight time.
Who are we?
Chief Pilot/Cinematographer is 2X Emmy Nominee Skip Fredricks, pioneering the "Drone Industry" as Consultant, Instructor, and Cinematographer. He has a successful and rewarding 18 year career in broadcast television, film and new media, having produced award-winning content, ratings and revenue for FOX Sports, HBO, Universal Pictures, Google, Apple, and USA Networks. Currently he is Program Director at DroneTV and a FAA Certified Flight Instructor at the Unmanned Vehicle University, LATTC and Grossmont College.
To take my 18 years of Emmy Nominated Cinematography in film and television and develop unique aerial cinematic experiences.
Our crews can shoot 4K video and capture 20 mega-pixel photos with our drones. The lenses we use consist of 9 separate elements, including an aspherical element, for extreme clarity, while Adobe DNG RAW support gives you the power to make every shot a masterpiece. The power to shoot the perfect video!
Transforming Film Making
Go where you never could before!
Movies. TV Shows. Music Videos. TV Commercials. Sporting Events.
Express your brand through our video experience. Let's get started!
We meet with you & go over your vision & ideas at which point we crush you and tell you what wont work :)
You can't film a location by just showing up, you need to take a look at it first to understand the dynamics.
This is an add on service. We can totally cut your film, TV show or Commercial or just enhance the footage with music, graphics & effects.
Our background is cinematography, to us our Drone is just another camera platform.
1 // BRAINSTORMING
2 // SETTING GOALS
3 // CONCEPT BUY-IN
4 // WRITTEN PLAN
Careful planning goes a long way...
You have a vision. With careful Planning we can recreate that CONCEPT within the limitations of the FAA rules, equipment and environment of which we fly. We will work with you to set GOALS for the project and use those as benchmarks to achieve real word results.
We take all this information and put it in a WRITTEN production outline and flight PLAN.
1 // SHOTS REQUIRED
2 // LOCATIONS
3 // PERMITS
4 // WEATHER
Location! Location! Location!
SCOUTING the LOCATION is key to finding obstacles, and landing zone.
On site we will determine how many SHOTS are REQUIRED to achieve the desired look.
If we are taking off in a private right-of-way or restricted flight area we may need PERMITS.
WEATHER is always a concern, we can't fly if the wind is 17mph, or in rain. Some locations have micro-weather systems so SCOUTING the LOCATION reveals any issues we may have with the flight.
1 // PREP DRONES
2 // FLIGHT PLANS
3 // CAPTURE VIDEO
4 // DOWNLOAD FILES
Ready, Set, Takeoff, Action!
On the set of the shoot the 1st thing we do is PREP the DRONE, check the batteries, props, controls. We review our weather then refer to our FLIGHT PLAN and file it if necessary in case we are flying under a PERMIT in a restricted area.
Using our FLIGHT PLAN and SHOT list we proceed to takeoff and film.
Once we have the REQUIRED SHOTS the drone is landed. We review the VIDEO/SHOTS. If we have what we need, we shut down the Drone and DOWNLOAD the video files.
Editing. Animation. Sound
1 // REVIEW FOOTAGE
2 // VIDEO PRODUCTION
3 // POST PRODUCTION
4 // PROJECT COMPLETION
Create the perfect message.
We will REVIEW the FOOTAGE and pick out the best video. Which we will combine in assembly edit.
If you decided you wanted VIDEO PRODUCTION we would take the best clips and assemble them in POST PRODUCTION using varied transitions adding music, graphics, animation, and color correction.
Once the PROJECT has been COMPLETED we will provide you with various versions encoded to play on different platforms, including TV, DVD, Online, Instagram, Facebook and Youtube.
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