The Future of Drones


This video is a clever video created by Alex Cornell using a DJI Phantom, After Effects & Premeire, using liberal interpretations of FAA regulations. 

Drones are becoming an integrated part of our everyday lives. But let’s step back and ask ourselves, “Is this for the greater good?”

When most people hear the word “Drone” it’s associated with CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, USAToday, or other major news agencies as a buzzword regarding
The War On Terror. We read assorted headlines talking about “Drone Strike in Pakistan kills 20 Civilians” and “Drone strike on wedding convoy mistaken as
Al Queda convoy.” So much data that we’re fed regarding the word Drone makes us fear “big brother”. However why don’t we look at a not so violent side of
the word.

Drone Cinematography

Yep. I said it. More and more filmmakers are turning to quad, hex, octo and decacopters to fly their assorted inventory of cameras high above the terrain
(or sometimes low and fast) to get specialized shots that traditional helicopters simply cannot get.  Either the FAA restricts low altitude urban flight, or there
is simply not enough space to properly maneuver.

One shot I’ve always wanted to get was a chase scene in a mall where the good guy is chasing the bad guy, and the camera is zooming down the corridor, weaving
in and out of kiosks selling chotchkies, and follows the bad guy over the railing as he leaps down to the first floor. That’s something that a steadicam and agile operator
simply cannot get.

As we prepare for 2014, those of us who are drone pilots are waiting for the FAA to settle on what regulations will have to be in place to allow us to properly
(and legally) do our jobs. Will we need to get special ratings? Commercial licensing? If so, how much will that cost?

Right now there are literally TONS of applications for drone video. If you’re a high end real estate agent, and have high rises in downtown, we can get orbiting shots of your building with the
vast city sprawled out around it. If you have a large property on a lot of land in the country, you can properly showcase the house perched on top of a hill with the vast land spread out as far
as the eye can see. Property on the cliffside with the sea crashing into the rocks below? Not a problem.

But what about other applications? Oil rigs, gas lines, pipeline survey, land survey, search and rescue, the list and practicalities are limitless.

Next time you hear drone, instead of thinking about “Big Brother’s war machine” , think about it as a tool to help you tell your story, or help market your business.