Hollywood is embracing innovative and technologically advanced ways of making films for the silver screen, TV series and commercials. One innovation with growing popularity is the use of drones with gimbal mounted cameras.
Filmmakers and cinematographers see the advantage of creating more precise, efficient and cost effective films and TV series with the use of drones for aerial shots. Drones are technically known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS).
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved CineDrones for the use of drones for filmmaking, they employee licensed pilots and award winning cinematographers and camera operators and are members of the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600) and has grown their business to be one of the largest and most respected drone companies in Hollywood. Their schedule is not for the weary in some cases being booked months in advance and traveling in some cases for weeks at a time waking up in different locations several times a week.
Filmmakers can now capture more innovative shots and with less limitations as well as with better speed and organic movement. Drones allow for more nimble filmmaking. More cost efficient than using dollies, wires, camera rigs, cranes and helicopters.
The total cost of using camera mounted drone and crew per day ranges from $3,500 to $10,000.00 for a 10-12 hour DAY compared to $10,000.00 per HOUR to use a full size helicopter. While there are shots that call for the helicopter, CineDrones regularly uses their drones as a dolly, Steadicam, jib, crane and more to let creative visions run wild.
These give audiences a new perspective of the action and directors a new way to tell their stories. Creating unique shots because these can get into spots and reach areas and elevations that other manned equipment’s and aircrafts can’t.
Films and TV series now rely on the efficiency and cost effectiveness of drones to make quality films and series with less worries and lower costs while still providing a very safe environment on set.