How Drones Are Revolutionizing the Way Film and Television Is Made

Time, By Stephanie Zacharek

In the early days of drone use, filmmakers quickly realized how useful these nimble devices were for close-up action shots. Drones proved especially handy for filming chase scenes, like the opening motorcycle sequence of the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall. In Martin Scorsese’s 2013 The Wolf of Wall Street, drones were used to shoot a raucous party scene from above, allowing audiences to peer voyeuristically into characters’ lives. Cinematographers are finding increasingly creative ways to use drone technology: in the 2015 Jurassic World, a drone-mounted camera swoops low over a crowd of people who are being attacked by pterosaurs to mimic the movement of the flying reptiles.

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Flights of fancy vacation photography, courtesy of drones

Washington Post, by Rachel Raczka

Imagine your favorite vacation photo: that perfect sunset shot with waves gently crashing and an amber crescent reflecting off the ocean’s glassy surface. Now imagine it from above. The experience of shooting with a drone offers the rush of a new perspective to even the most accomplished travel photographers. The experience of shooting with a drone offers the rush of a new perspective to even the most accomplished travel photographers. “It’s a whole new world,” said Emily Kaszton, a photographer from Newport Beach, Calif., who uses her drone for jobs around the world. “It’s similar [to shooting on the ground] — in terms of looking for composition and focus — but it’s a new way to frame it all.”

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DJI’s new interchangeable-lens drone camera takes aim at filmmakers

Tech Crunch, By Darrell Etherington

DJI  just introduced a new camera designed to work with drones, and in particular its Inspire 2 flyer. The camera is a “world first” in that it’s a super 35 digital film camera tailored for aerial cinematography — in other words, if you’re a filmmaker, documentarian or professional cinematographer, you are probably going to want one of these. The Zenmuse X7 camera has a large, Super 35 format digital sensor, and supports interchangeable lenses for a range of potential focal lengths.

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