You’ve all seen them in the news, on store shelves, maybe even in your neighborhood. Some of you probably own them, but the practical application of using drone based cameras in filmmaking is getting better, easier, and more affordable every day. If they have a downside, it would be the noise–those motors are obnoxious. That said, b-roll, nature footage, following vehicles or people in bird’s-eye shots, even replacing the crane or jib can be done easily and inexpensively with a little drone.
I used a DJI Phantom 3 for the shot below because I couldn’t afford to buy, rent or build a 120′ crane for one shot. How do you think it turned out?