Creating an aerial view for films is a challenge for novice film makers who are creating their first film project with a minimal budget. The basics of film making don’t really include the use of a drone. However, there is a simple technique used by creative students in film making. They use a drone to take a good shot of an aerial view.
But before you go ahead and get a drone to use in your project, make sure that you are getting quality drones. Waterproof drones are one of the characteristics you are looking for. So when your team goes out shopping make sure it is waterproof and durable.
These group of students had a lot of failures and wasted time when they started using the drone. So they came up with tips and tricks for other beginners so that they wouldn’t make the same mistake they made.
Tips How to Film with a Drone
- Fly Drones in Open Spaces. When getting an aerial view, it would be best to choose a location that has a wide open space. This tip helps you avoid hitting on trees, power lines and others that may hinder filming or cause your drone to get damaged.
- Good lighting is an important contributor to a successful footage. Spin your drone around to find the angle that looks best. Do not shoot an angle against the light as you will miss a lot of details in the shot. The camera can’t handle too much brightness from the sun, and anything below it will appear dark being overpowered by too much sunlight emitted from the sun. If you want that magical look, wait for the sun right after it lowered from the sky. It creates quite a look that’s enchanting. This look stirs quite an emotion from your viewers.
- Save drone battery. The battery lasts for only 20 minutes of flight. This factor really depends on the drone model you have. But typically drone lasts only for 20 minutes in the air. With this in mind, it is best to save battery and make the most out of 20minutes shooting your film. So plan the shoots first before setting your drone out to action.
- Drone Rules and Regulations. Believe it or not, filming with a drone follows a lot of rules and regulations. The most important you should remember is never fly your drone or film using your drone near an airport. To be certain about the specific rules and regulations of flying with a drone, research through the state as it may vary depending on location.
- Recording Settings. Experiment on recording settings that you think is applicable to the film you are creating. Once you get the right look, take a note of it so that you can get back to the settings when needed.
- Experiment with a variety of shots using your drone. Fly up high and get a moving landscape type of shot. Get some ideas from films. The bird’s eye view and the tracking shot are one of the most used shots in addition to the moving landscape. Nonetheless, experimenting on the variation of shots you get with the drone will give you an extensive array of ideas as you move along with your film.
Using a drone while filming your first project can be so much fun. Use it your advantage and have fun. All the best to you all readers.