What kind of drone do you have?
For some reason this is usually the first and sometimes only question I get asked when someone is looking for Aerial Cinematography.
I have thousands of dollars invested in a multitude of Canada Registered drones and each one has it's purpose. I am licenced and practice daily.
What people should be asking is do I have the right drone for their project and do I have the ability to capture it the way they want.
A guy with a drone is no match for someone that can utilize the proper equipment for the job.
I capture live events with multiple cameras, sound and some times drones.
Official Videographer for:
Mirella L. Sacco Support Fund
Artists filmed in 2023:
Sawbones, David Williams, Tanner Gordon, Koreen Perry, Ken Stead, Travis Matthews, Kat Zel, Playing With Fire, Ice Cold Crazy, Dana Wylie, The Long Run, Sass Jordan, River Poets, Don Berner Jazz Trio, James Hastings,
Features, Commercials, Shorts
Film from a drone adds an extra dimension to any project.
Drone filming is a dynamic type of aerial filming with several benefits for filmmakers: Reduced cost for aerial footage compared to helicopters. Filming in small or confined spaces helicopters cannot access. Capture new perspectives outside the usual vision from the ground.
Poor Little Rich Girl
Real Estate, Site Planning, Security, Safety
Drone work at a corporate level is expanding fast.
Ten years ago the only way to get a decent aerial photo was only by a plane or helicopter.
An aerial survey conducted by a drone and specialist cameras, which can include RGB (for photogrammetry), multispectral, thermal or LiDAR sensors quickly enables the collection of highly-accurate data.
Drones quickly capture images of difficult to reach areas saving manpower and safety for inspectors.
Tools of the trade
Keeping on top of technology
As an aerial artist keeping on top of the latest technology is a requirement. This is a comparison of some of my equipment which will explain many drones are needed for proper filming.
DJI Air 2S
Small and portable. The large wing span helps in high winds. Low winds I will still use my Mini 3 Pro in most cases.
Sub 250 Cinematic Drone
DJI Mini 3 Pro
Sub 250 drones can fly in some places the Air 2S cannot due to Transport Canada Regulations. It closely matches the Air 2S.
Cinematic FPV Drone
Flies low and fast with amazing control and video stabilization.
Perfect for shooting chase scenes close to the ground and indoor walk throughs.
Cinematic FPV Drone
Fast, I mean really fast. Great for chase scenes from above. On board camera not sutable for film but drone is strong enough to mount an FPV camera. Used for chase scenes and quick transitions from high altitude to low altitude.
Pavo360 with Insta SMO
While the drone is in flight the Insta camera stitches out the drone.
To be honest it has it's uses but not used much. Lower resolution is due to capture in all directions.
Sub 250 Drone
DJI mini 2
This drone has been a workhorse for me. Even though I have upgraded to the Mini 3 it still has it's uses as it can use third party software that is required for mapping and whey points etc.
360 Hand Held Camera
Insta 360 X3
In places where it is illegal to fly drones this is a great replacement. This is the first 360 camera which is also sold as an action camera. When mounted to a 3 meter invisible stick it can film like a drone without the risk.
EOS Rebel 3
Aerial photography sometimes means using non aerial equipment. Ground equipment is vital in some instances.
Computer and software
Editing and managing imagery is just as expensive as the equipment to capture the shot.
Camera poles, cases, memory cards, thumb drives, lighting, sound equipment, props, gimbles, and much more are required for the job.