We headed out to the park this afternoon to shoot video for a few different projects, so I took the chance to play around with the drone and try some new camera angles.
The straight-down shot can be pretty cool. In this particular shot, I didn’t actually move the drone vertically, but used the Ken Burns effect to fake the zoom. I think the next time I use this angle, I’ll do it over a subject with more motion.
I wanted to see if I could get away with using the drone as a way to fake getting a dolly shot. It worked, but it might not be the most practical thing on-set, what with the spinning blades and all.
Both this shot and the one starting at 0:38 are portions from a long clip. When I started recording, my intent was fly forwards and descend (basically the opposite of the final shot).
Halfway down, Laura and the dogs started playing fetch out in the grass, so I decided to abandon the high-concept shot and just focus on the action.
I tilted the gimbal down, so the camera is 45-ish degrees off the horizontal. This turned out to be a great angle, and I’ll definitely be using it again. I think it’s more visually interesting than aiming perfectly level at the horizon, but not as disorienting as pointing straight down.
This is some more great fetch-playing from the same clip as the shot starting at 0:11. I love the orbit-style shot, so I wanted to try flying one. There’s actually a built-in function in the Phantom software to do this sort of effect, but it requires a bunch of setup and by then the opportunity would’ve been gone, so I just piloted it by the seat of my pants.
I’m not gonna lie, this shot is shamelessly stolen the final shot in this YouTube video, which is so great. In both shots, the speed actually ramps up after a few seconds, once the people are small enough that you won’t really notice the speedup.
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