It was illegal in the U.S. to use drones when shooting in a feature film, that is until 2014, when the law was changed. Still, to be able to usefully equipped professional cinematic drones for shooting video, companies might have to send detailed safety procedures, make sure the people to fly the drones have private pilot certificates and agree to keep eyes at all times on the craft. Also no night flights or flying over restricted airspace. Bellow you will find some great insights into the basic cinematic drone camara techniques.
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8 Great Drone Shots
- The Unveiling Shot is a usually used to set the theme while introducing a location. It has two parts, the start, where you only see the local limits and have no idea of the geographical context and the end, where you have the big picture completely revealed. The idea is that the local foreground works as an inverted curtain, that “unveils” the location in a smooth rise.
- The Loo-up Shot This is another way to introduce a geographical and emotional setting. It consists of having the drown move slowly at the same altitude while moving the camera from looking completely down to completely horizontal. The movement of the camera can be influenced by keeping an object placed in a specific position of the frame as the drone moves.
- Pull Back Shot Simple and Dramatic, all you have to do is to flight away from a setting.
- Head Over Shot The head over shot is a slow spiraling rise with camara looking straight down at the center of a nice scenery. A second variation would be a smooth slow straight line movement instead of a rise, remember keep things as slow as possible.
- The Cam Crane Shot Imitating the crane shot of the orignal crane.
- Course Lock Shot these are flight modes that can be used to enable the drone to fly automatically around an object while you focus on the camara and the shot.
- Slider Shot: Vertical shot that uses multiple backgrounds at different distances, enabling for great cinematic effect.
- Tripod Shot: A slow rotation pivoting on itself.