A very cool one-minute FPV drone-shot video explained by director Ani Acopian. The entire clip was shot with a very small drone built with GoPro parts.
FPV drone-shot video ‘A World Artists Love’
In an article from The Verge, Ani Acopian explains that:
“It’s basically a flying super-camera! I’d love to see more film and TV productions embrace the nimble and magical nature of drones and use them for more than bird’s eye view establishing shots.”
The video was created for the record label AWAL (Artists Without a Label) which is based in London. The actual drone flying was done by Robert McIntosh, who has worked with Spike Jonze in the past.
To created the lightweight drone, the team disassembled a GoPro Hero 6 and used the camera and wiring on an FPV racing drone. The small FPV drone is capable of shooting 4K video but it would only stay airborne for about three to five minutes per battery.
Acopian said that the FPV drone-shot video took quite some improvisation.
“We weren’t able to rehearse with the cast or block out a flight path with the drone ahead of time,” she explains, “so the biggest challenge was showing up at a new location each morning and figuring out what the drone path, talent blocking and VFX markers would be, then rehearsing as much we could up until around two hours before sundown, at which point we had as many takes as we could fit into that two-hour window to nail the shot. If something wasn’t working, we changed it because otherwise we put the whole scene at risk of not happening.”
Up to 15 takes per scene for FPV drone-shot video
Some of the scenes took up to 15 takes to get them just right.
“I know that the future for droning is very bright, and I anticipate that we’ll start to see drones used in ways that don’t immediately give away their ‘drone-ness,’ like to feign camera movements that would otherwise be difficult to achieve,” says Acopian. “You don’t have to be high to fly! Drones, especially FPV drones, have this fluidity to them that beautifully mirrors the way memories feel to me and I’m excited to see more people play with this to recreate the inner experience so many of us have in a new, relatable way.”
What do you think about the use of FPV drones in videos? Do you see a bright future as well?
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