Eye In The Sky
By Dan Brockett
2015 is destined to go down in history books as the year of the drone. A quick scan of the floor at NAB revealed new, lower-cost, more advanced drone technology everywhere. As a producer, director or cinematographer, you may have merely a passing interest in drones, but your projects in the future undoubtedly will utilize them to capture shots that are barely conceivable today. Drones provide that sweet spot for placing your camera in locations that were never before possible, for significantly less money and simpler logistics than using full-sized aircraft. Drones are smaller, lighter and quicker to set up and use than long jib arms and Technocranes that typically max out at 15 to 30 feet in length.