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Drones Are About to Change How Directors Make Movies

by Angela Watercutter.


I’m facing off against Thor. With a drone. Well, that’s the story I’ll tell, anyway.

I’m in Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn, trying to learn how to fly Horizon Hobby’s 350 QX3 AP Combo drone. Winter Storm Thor—not, alas, Dashing Hunk Chris Hemsworth Thor—is threatening to drown my drone in frigid rain. Steve Petrotto, Horizon Hobby’s exceedingly patient brand manager, is giving me an excellent lesson in drone cinematography.

Despite his best efforts, it looks like my dream of capturing the perfect aerial shot might be dashed. This thing is pretty simple to fly, but my thumbs have the grace of Kanye West at an awards show. Instead of sweeping panoramas, I mostly just capture up-down, back-and-forth, and so on. There’s also a lot of random spinning.

But I know it’s possible; I’ve seen it before. In the fun short YouTube film Superman with a GoPro, filmmakers from Los Angeles used a camera-carrying drone to create a movie that looks a lot like what the Man of Steel’s forehead-cam footage might look like. I saw the same trick in Aerial NYC. Those folks made it look so easy, but it turns out I may not be the Superwoman of drone cinematography.

Read the rest of this article from Wired.

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