Filming in the new way
As the technology advances, there are new ways of making new films. A new way which is becoming more and more popular in the past years is making a footage with drones. The drones have come into our lives if we realize that or not. There are many drone enthusiasts that are using them and I personally am one of them. However, there are also a lot of companies that use them. Some of them just make shots of holiday resorts or some promotions. There are also some newspapers that are using them. Recently even rescuers are using them in mountains. It is no wonder that also the movie industry started using them. They become very useful because they can make a video from places where you cannot usually put the camera. The alternative is making a video with a helicopter. But that is both expensive and robust. You cannot fly a helicopter just everywhere. However, you cannot say that for the drone. Those are the small devices which can literally be flown anywhere.
What about regulations?
In drone industry regulations are getting stricter and stricter. There are many violations of the law or accidents, so FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is trying to make registration of the drones for home use mandatory. Also drones that are used for filming will need special permissions. That can indeed create many problems for movie makers. But still, that should not stop the movies from being made by drones.
What are other advantages?
In order to use drones, you of course need to know how to operate them. That is not too hard, in few months practice you can learn that perfectly. Many people learned to fly as a hobby, so it is not hard to find a pilot anymore. If you are making your own movie, it is worth asking around if anyone can fly a quadcopter. If not, there are also some easy to learn models where you can learn very fast. The camera can easily be attached to any drone. The video sometimes comes with a lag (depends on a model), but that is not a problem, because in most cases you can avoid a lag by attaching another (cheaper) camera just for faster transmission. So with one camera you look in low quality what you are taping and with the other one you actually make a video in high quality.
For professional filming, the drones in price range of a few thousand dollars are used. Now, if you have an easy shot to make (nice weather, etc.), then you come through cheaper; you only need a very stable drone that will not give you a shaky picture. You already have a camera, so the prices can get much lower. For amateur filmmakers it could be even cheaper; as far as a couple hundred dollars will give you a solid drone. Or even better – it might soon be possible to even rent drones for making short videos.
Most important characteristics
A good drone needs a camera, good antenna (in case you want to fly it very far), motors that are relatively good and receiver. Gimbal (video stabilizer) is also a very valuable feature. So there are not many things that are needed on a drone. That is why many filmmakers also build their drones themselves so they suit their special needs.
Drones are getting more and more popular nowadays. They are penetrating into many different industries and movie industry is one of them. It is definitely worth paying attention to them and maybe even to learn how to pilot them.