The Soul of a City Without People, a cinematic impression of the devastation in Ukraine

On TV and social media, you have seen a lot of drone images of the devastation in Ukraine in recent months. Filmmaker Smakadron decided, in his own cinematic way, to portray the havoc in the cities of Irpin, Bucha, and Gostomel, using drones. The result is the , “The Soul of a City Without People.”

Irpin, Bucha, and Gostomel, Ukraine

The video focuses on three cities: Irpin, Bucha, and Gostomel. The three cities, located just northwest of Kyiv, were hardest hit by the Russian offensive against the national capital, which was successfully repulsed by Ukrainian forces but killed thousands of civilians.

“What does the soul of a city look like without people? What do people's phantoms feel in their own homes, when they wander endlessly around it? The filmmaker writes in the video: “How would you feel if you closed your house for the last time?”

Equipment and software

The aerial images were made with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Smakadron used a Alpha a7III with Tamron 28-75 f2.8 for the ground images. The editing was done in Premiere Pro. The soundtrack is from Epidemic Sound.

YouTube video

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Wiebe de Jager
Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager is the founder of Dronewatch and author of several bestselling books about drone photography. Wiebe is a certified drone pilot and has a full ROC license.

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