Drones are increasingly allowing filmmakers to explore the world in ways never before possible and capture perspectives and that have traditionally been reserved for expensive helicopter flights. A variety of different cinematography shots from swooping up a tree canopy used in Into the Woods, tracking a motorcycle chase scene in Skyfall, or zooming through the halls of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, drones are offering filmmakers breathtaking new ways to approach scenes and access more unique shots that were traditionally extremely difficult to get with old techniques. These drones are giving filmmakers yet another way to push creative boundaries and make amazing works of art.
Another benefit with entertainment drones is their affordability. No need to spend an entire production budget on a high-cost helicopter rental. Drones are allowing for production to reduce spending by thousands, while simultaneously delivering high-definition aerial photography and video that is changing the way we are going to experience Hollywood entertainment. A day rate for a drone with a crew manning it ranges from $9,000 to $15,000 for a professional video production, while a crew with a helicopter can go from $20,000 to $40,000. These savings are providing film makers added advantages when shooting for mainstream productions.
One new use for entertainment drones is being explored in a large theme park in France. The park has a Cinéscénie nighttime show, which is what the flying devices will be used for. Those engineering the show explored other ideas, but in the end, drones were the winner. One goal of the show engineers was to create the worlds biggest chandelier in the sky. The drones the park will be using can carry 6.6 pounds, fly in the wind and rain, and even take off from land and water. The French theme park has invested around $2.25 million on the project in the past two years. The drones will definitely make the show more over-the-top and add even more excitement for guests.
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