XM2 share tips and tricks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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

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