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Drone Footage: How to Make or Break a Project

Zach Ramelan

Drone footage can make any project look more cinematic, but should every filmmaker own one?

To me, overhead aerials are some of the most effective shots in cinema. They establish location, style, and aesthetic in a matter of seconds.

Now with the accessibility of consumer-grade drones, and the recent release of the DJI spark, getting these shots has become easier than ever. Every production under the sun uses them — from feature films to travel videographers to daily vlogs. Now I have to ask: Are we overusing drones? Is this the camera slider syndrome all over again?

Take a look at this video for insight into how drone footage can improve any project in any genre. Just be sure not to overuse the technique.

(Author’s note: keep in mind that drone laws have become very strict in the past year. To avoid any fines, be sure to take a look at the local laws and regulations before flying.)

Drone Cinematography Provided by Karl Janisse.
Manhattan Stock Footage provided by Shutterstock.
Learn more about the short film Algonquin mentioned in the video.

 Do you use drones in your projects? Let us know how in the comments.

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