XM2 share tips and tricks
WHAT started out as three mates playing around with remote control helicopters has grown to become the pioneers of drone technology in the world of cinema and they are coming to land in Port Douglas.
Stephen Oh, Aidan Kelly and Luke Annells launched XM2 from their Melbourne base less than a decade ago as mates who shared a passion for flying fast remote control helicopters and are considered the pioneers of drone technology in feature films.
The XM2 team will be in Port Douglas next week as part of the Port Shorts Masterclass Series to show filmmakers and locals what happens on major production sets as well as technical tips on drone operation.
They are also bringing with them Romeo, the super-sized drone used to carry $2 million cameras at high speeds on major Hollywood movies.
Drone technician Leroy Button said they couldn’t wait to get to Port Douglas and share their tips and tricks and showcase some of their custom-built machines.
‘‘There’s definitely mistakes to avoid when operating your drone, such as flying into a tree, and we can give the audience some tips and tricks we use for epic shots that they can do just as easily,’’ Leroy said.
‘‘Of course we can also go through the most important safety protocols and explain how to get into drone operating, where is the best place to get your gear from, how do you learn the more technical skills.
‘‘And then there’s the fun stuff, hearing all about what happens on a major Hollywood film set and what you need to do to make a career of it if you choose to fly down that path.’’
Flying Beyond the Hollywood Curtain with XM2 will be held at Rex Smeal Park next Saturday October 27 from 9am-12pm.
It’s also the only way you can score an invite to the Port Shorts VIP After-Party to be held at Jimmy Rum’s after the festival and meet our industry experts and finalist filmmakers in a relaxed environment.
To get tickets to the Port Shorts Masterclass Series go to www.portshorts.com.
XM2 has used their drones for many big budget productions including