Game Of Drones
successful Game Of Thrones only lasts a few seconds, but until recently it would have been impossible. No crane or slider can carry a camera as smoothly and flexibly as a drone. “We’re getting shots you wouldn’t get any other way,” says Tony Carmean, of A
How these eyes in the sky are revolutionising Hollywood
The camera glides slowly through the church, as if riding on a huge wave. It descends from the ceiling to almost ground level, filming over the actor’s shoulders. This teaser trailer for HBO’S wildly
been replicated using computer trickery, but are now possible with a flying robot. “From a storytelling perspective, this offers an entirely different look that we can’t get any other way,” says aerial cinematographer Nick Kolias. But, until 2014, commercial drones were banned in US airspace. This meant that the sets of blockbusters like Skyfall had to be moved to Europe and Asia.
Pressure from Hollywood caused the US Federal Aviation Administration to finally give in, and today around 250 licenses a month are issued to film using drones. In addition to the visual impact, drones have other advantages: the train fight scene in Expendables 3 was originally slated to take 38 days to film, but the director reduced that to just ten by using a drone, rather than a helicopter. This also dramatically cut costs and meant the likelihood of an accident was much lower.