Drones and quadcopters are poised to completely revolutionize the way that films are shot, transforming the industry from the inside out while at the same time opening up a tremendous amount of potential for small and Indie filmmakers that never would have been able to achieve the kinds of cinematography that they can now with these amazing pieces of technology.
The drone revolution is upon us!
In fact, there are quite a few members of the Hollywood elite that are talking about how much of an impact drones are going to have in the world of filming, and they are calling it the most influential piece of technology to hit Hollywood in years.
This is big, big news!
In order to shine a little bit of extra light on the subject we’ve put together a quick hit list of how quadcopters and drones are poised to transform Hollywood (for the better) below.
Let’s dive right in.
Aerial shots have never been easier (or cheaper) to pull off
One of the most beautiful moments in all of cinematography is the swirling shot of Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, but it also happens to be one of the most expensive shots in the history of filming as well.
After all, in the days of 70 mm film a shopping that wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to plan or to produce – but today anyone (and we mean ANYONE) with a drone would be able to pull off the exact same shot in a handful of takes for a fraction of the price.
Aerial shots are effortless to pull off these days, opening up a lot of cinematography opportunities for new filmmakers.
Crazy crane work is going the way of the dodo
In the old days (we’re talking about 10 years ago here), it would have been absolutely impossible for artists and directors to pull off those amazing single shot takes that seem to zoom in, zoom out, and move all over the place without ever losing the main character without a ton of cranes – and a ton of crane operators – working behind the scenes.
All of that is possible (including those juicy single shot takes like in Birdman) with nothing more than a solo drone set up and a bit of preplanning.
Again, this means that these shots become easier to pull off, it means that these shots become less expensive, and it means that filmmakers with smaller budgets are able to achieve the same kind of look than those with multimillion dollar budgets have always been able to.
Speaking of money…
Indie filmmakers can now pull off shots that only big budget films could execute in the past
Even though Hollywood is going to be dramatically impacted by drone technology, it’s the independent filmmakers of the world that are going to benefit most from these amazing pieces of equipment.
Independent filmmakers are going to be able to really push the boundaries of creativity with these machines, and they are going to be able to pioneer “drone footage” and capture shots that the world has never seen before – and may never have seen without this technology!
It’s definitely an exciting time to be alive.