Drone Cinematography Is Cheaper
2017 was quite the year for drone cinematography, with action-packed blockbusters like Spiderman Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok making considerable use of drones for several thrilling sequences. But they’re not the only films using the services of companies like Wild Rabbit for drone cinematography these days. What will happen in the industry over the next 12 months?
Drone Cinematography Is Bolder
Drone cinematography used to be the preserve of the best-financed production companies, with directors prepared to throw tens of thousands of dollars into capturing that one special shot. But with costs for professional-quality drones continuing to fall, it’s likely that more and more independent films will incorporate drone camerawork.
Drone Cinematography Creates Intrigue
With drones on the market for several years now, manufacturers are improving on previous designs to catch the eyes of customers. Systems like object avoidance and auto-return are increasingly common, reducing the chance that drones will be damaged. Improvements continue to be made with waterproof drones, such as the Swell Pro Splash 3 on the market including a waterproof 4k camera. Rugged designs like this may mean directors will be willing to take more risks with their drone cinematography. Good news for film and television fans looking for excitement!
A Drone Shoot Will Be Elevate Your Work
Another effect of drone cinematography equipment becoming more widely available is that more crews will become proficient with it. We will likely see fewer of the cumbersome, traditional camera setups involving cranes and other bulky apparatus on sets. Why waste the man-hours on setup when drone cinematography makes those shots so much easier to capture with less equipment?
Of course, it’s impossible to talk about the greater accessibility of cinematography equipment such as UAVs without also discussing the booming hobbyist market. As drones become more available and resilient, more and more filmmakers flock to them. Let’s not forget, some of our best-loved directors today started out filming amateur videos in their backyards. Tomorrow’s George Lucas or Peter Jackson could be piloting an Altair 818 at this very moment!
At the same time, it’s worth noting that even as more inspired amateurs take their first shaky steps into the field of drone cinematography, another cohort of film students will emerge, another will enter film school, and those already in the industry and using drone cinematography in their productions will gain another year of experience. Those students who have experimented with drones in college will be turned loose in the world to start companies of their own, and those incoming will have access to their school’s resources to make their wildest dreams come true. With new technologies like this, every year counts, and even as the film industry changes, so too will trends with directors and cinematographers.
It’s going to be an exciting year in film, and especially for those filmmakers at the forefront of drone camerawork. Contact us at Wild Rabbit on 323-577-3977?