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.

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.

What is the Soviet Montage?

Russia went and had a revolution in 1917 and cinema was a big part of its aftermath. Even though film stock was hard to come by, we saw the first film school started, and the study of the film became hugely important. Russian filmmakers started trying to understand the power of the cut itself, thus developing a theory of filmmaking based solely on the juxtaposition of images: Soviet Montage. In this episode of Crash Course Film History, Craig talks us through some of the film things going on in post-revolution era Russia.

“The idea of montage triggers memories of family reunions, summer camp, fond times looked back upon with wistfulness. A typical person would consider montage and then recall the videos often created to summarize a specific time spent, such as a great summer filled with fun activities, or embarrassing family photos brought out each holiday season. However, montage is a serious tool of filmmakers and has been for many years. One of the most interesting and different theories of montage is known as Soviet montage.

Soviet montage is the editing of clips or photos together in order to get a certain point across. The goal of soviet montage is to create an idea which is clearer when all the images are viewed together than when they are viewed separately ( Johnson). Although only around 30 films have ever been made in this style, it is considered to be a very important and influential theory of film (Trischak). Soviet montage was first pioneered in Russia post revolution, but before Stalin took power (Barrance).” –

What Is The Silent Era of Hollywood?

The Silent Era of Hollywood set a lot of things into motion in terms of how movies were made and sold. Big stars were one of the main ways studios tried to make their movies stand apart from one another and get the public to make choices at the cinema. But, this also gave a lot of power to those stars to command a lot of money. In this episode, you will learn where all the things started, how the differentiation on selling movies came from.

Top 10 Game-Changing Hollywood Movies

“@Top 10 Game-Changing Hollywood Movies. Movies that were so iconic that they created lasting and deep trends that changed the way films are made, through their stories, special effects, and CGI. WatchMojo presents the Top 10 Movies that Started Industry Trends. But what will take the top spot on our list? X-Men starting the Superhero craze, Jaws creating the need for annual summer blockbusters, or The Avengers starting the shared universe craze? Watch to find out!

00:38 #10. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” (2010) started Splitting Movies into Multiple Parts
01:35 #9. “The Matrix” (1999) started Bullet Time
02:35 #8. “Alice in Wonderland” (2010) started Live-Action Remakes
03:27 #7. “The Sixth Sense” (1999) started The Twist
04:22 #6. “Toy Story” (1995) started Computer-Animated Features
05:26 #5. “Paranormal Activity” (2007) started Found Footage Movies
06:25 #4. “Jurassic Park” (1993) started CGI Effects
07:24 #3, #2 & #1 ????”