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

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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.

AND… AC­TION! The pi­lot steers the drone us­ing remote con­trol, with the di­rec­tor and cam­era­man watch­ing the shot on a mon­i­tor. Cam­era di­rec­tion can be con­trolled in­de­pen­dently of the drone so it doesn’t mat­ter which way the drone is fac­ing. Be­low is a stil

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