How Quadcopters and Drones are Set to Change Hollywood Filming Forever

How Quadcopters and Drones are Set to Change Hollywood Filming ForeverDrones 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.

Today, though?

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.

Also read: How do Hollywood actors get into shape quickly for their roles?

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Black Sea – Review

Black Sea – Review

Submarine thrillers have entertained us in the past, and Black Sea from Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald will be something new to watch out for. To reinvigorate the genre Macdonald ventured into the Black Sea looking for gold. The movie is not a period film; it is set in the present day scenario. Jude Law is a veteran submarine captain specializing in saving Marines will be thrown out of the job with a meagre check. Looking for work, he bounces into his former colleague who lures him to take up the assignment of finding gold on a Nazi submarine buried deep in the black sea that reportedly carried gold to an estimated $40 million dollars.

The lead character Jude Law (Robinson) now takes the help of a shrewd financier Scoot McNairy (Robinson) to buy an old submarine in the Crimea and organizes the crew, Russians, and Englishmen. The men include Konstantin Khabenskiy (Night Watch Sequel), Michael Smiley (Kill List), David Threlfall (Shameless), Grigoriy Dobrygin (A Most Wanted Man), Ben Mendelsohn, an expert diver but also psychotic, Bobby Schofield, a teenager and much more in the cast.

The screenplay was written by Dennis Kelly of Broadway musical fame Matilda. The script is straight, and the characters are chosen appropriately to meet the requirement of the script. The shore life had Jodie Whittaker playing the ex-wife of Law. But the character did not make an impact. The sets of the claustrophobic and rusty submarine are an interesting addition. The sets held only the interiors of the sub while the exteriors were shot on a real Russian submarine. The roles of Smiley, Schofield, Dobrygin and Khabenskiy are worth a watch. The best piece of work comes from Ben Mendelsohn, who plays an unstable character, where he turns from a psycho to hero in a minute, showing variation in his character. The movie is watchable but not to the extent of nail biting.

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One More Of Those Submarine Thriller

Nuclear Submarine

Undersea thriller has made it big at the box office. Black Sea is a submarine thriller that has Jude Law playing the lead, and his Scottish accent adds flavour to the film. The rude exit from his marine salvage company puts him in search of a job, and he takes up the assignment of finding some real gold left during transit in the Nazi period. The gold is slated to be on the floors of the black sea. Nothing happens well for Law after losing his job, divorcing his wife, brooding for his son; he happens to meet his friend who updates him on the treasure. With three decades of submarine experience, Robinson (Jude Law) heads to the seas.

Robinson meets Daniels (Scoot McNairy), an American millionaire who funds the projects for a return of 40% of the booty. The crew is assembled, and they set off to the Black Sea port where an old submarine awaits them. The speed of putting up the crew is so fast that even an able director like Kevin Macdonald was not able to make complete justice. The character development hit a dead end with the speed of the script. The submarine in an effect to stay away from being spotted by the Russian Navy does not seem worthy as they sail out of Sevastopol in broad daylight.

The attitude of the crew makes the adventure trickier and with Mendelsohn sticking a knife at a Russian crew comes under the scanner. But there is no denying the fact that the movie is a thriller. The submarine, action, adventure, and humor take the movie forward. The plot has similar elements of The Deep, where instead of Spanish Galleon, Nazi gold has been replaced. The performance of Jude Law was good but not the best regarding holding together a team as a leader.

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Kevin Macdonald on conceiving the Black Sea

Kevin Macdonald

The horrific news of 23 crew members on the Kursk Russian submarine entombed in the vessel came as a shock to the world, and Kevin Macdonald was no different. This formed the crux of the plot for his next film Black Sea. The tragic accident happened in 2000, and fifteen years later the movie Black Sea was released. The film stars Jude Law, who loses his job as a marine salvager to land up in a quest for gold on the Black Sea. It is an underwater film where men go in search of riches.

The movie is not just a big budget film but also holds some huge star cast. Jude Law is the central character. Macdonald says he created a complex character piece to weave the plot together. In his words, he adds, “People liked the script a lot and liked the story a lot and said that this could be a commercial movie.” Macdonald says that he prefers to stick to his story than to change it to make it commercial. He believes in his terms rather than a sellout.

Macdonald also spoke about making the character choices interesting. The Russian actors were particular that the sets had enough stock of Vodka, he mentioned. He added that he gets bored quickly, and that is one of the reasons for selecting a different genre to hold on to his interest. He praised Dennis Kelly for coming up with a superscript for Black Sea and to this he added his flavour of doing things differently, and the movie happened.

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