Drones were revolutionary for their ability to show a perspective our eyes were never-before used to seeing.
But filmmakers Phil Pastuhov and Ian Montgomery continue to up the game with new techniques that continue to make those aerial perspectives even more interesting.
The filmmaking duo released an art piece using DJI’s new X7 camera called “The Dying Of The Light.”
The technique illuminates the subject while placing it in a completely dark sky, giving it the appearance of a 3D-model while confusing the viewers with a unique sense of perspective and scale.
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So how do they do it? Continue reading This hypnotizing drone video showcases a little-known video technique. Here’s how it’s done.
Can drones help solve the gap in gender equality?
Here’s the argument for how drones can help make that change.
Drones are egalitarian and accessible — you don’t need a degree to fly them, they can be purchased at a relatively low cost from Amazon, and they can be used in a variety of industry.
Yet there are still massive differences in the narrative of drones when it comes to men vs. women.
Drones aimed at children are gender-biased. They often end up in the “boy toys” section, and drones targeted at girls are marketed with things like Barbies. One of the world’s largest drone races is being held in one of the world’s most unfriendly countries toward women. And it’s not uncommon to see drone conferences where the speaker lineup is all-male.
But that’s about to change.
Thought leader, entrepreneur and drone expert Dr Catherine Ball gave a speech at this year’s TEDxMelbourne about how teaching girls about science and technology is important and is the critical gap to equality in not only how we view girls but how we think about ourselves as humanity.
Watch it below:
Ball is an author, founder, and ethics advocate working across global projects where robotics and new technology meet environmental protection. She is the co-founder of SheFlies, which hosts drone events in schools for children around the country of Australia (and SheFlies is expanding outside of Australia too!). She also created the World of Drones Congress in Australia.
The Flying Robot international Drone Film Festival — also known as FRiFF — came to San Francisco this week for its third year in a row, and the winning films just keep getting better.
The film festival played at the Roxie Theater in the city’s Mission District, showing 25 films across eight categories.
Related read: The best Instagram video of all time just came from…Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos?!
This year’s videos are seriously brilliant. With the best in show winner, 2D run, I can’t tell which is more impressive — the drone filming or the athletes featured. Continue reading The best drone films of 2017, according to FRiFF
DJI’s newest camera, the DJI Zenmuse X7, is blowing all other camera drones out of the water.
The Chinese dronemaker, which sprung to fame for its ready to fly, GoPro-carrying drone, the Phantom, today announced the DJI Zenmuse X7.
It’s a Super 35 digital film camera optimized for professional aerial cinematography, designed to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone.
The Drone Girl hinted at the Zenmuse X7’s launch last month when we interviewed Hollywood filmmaker Phil Pastuhov, but it’s finally here. Continue reading DJI Zenmuse X7: this is the 6k camera all filmmakers need
How many of you, guys, use advanced video editing software to fix drone footage? As you record more videos, you might want to have a more serious approach to post-production.
We’ve partnered with VSDC Video Editor PRO – a video editing program for Windows – to show how to improve what you might consider a good shot into a better one.
And there is an even more awesome piece of news! You can get VSDC PRO annual license for free in a special promo arranged exclusively for The Drone Girl community, and it’s valid for a week. Continue reading VSDC Video Editor Pro is giving away free Pro licenses to Drone Girl community
The 3rd annual Flying Robot international Film Festival (FRiFF) returns to San Francisco’s Roxie Cinema on Thursday, Nov. 16.
Flying Robot is a short film festival focused on aerial cinema created from the perspective of drones.
Have you got a video worthy of winning? Submissions for the 2017 festival are now being accepted, and festival participation is open to anyone around the world.
To enter, submit a film that is less than five minutes long by the deadline on Sept. 18. Films should primarily be shot from the perspective of a drone, though they do not need to exclusively contain aerial footage. And of course, the film festival isn’t simply looking for pretty shots, but rather films that tell a story.
“We’re not interested in seeing what your backyard looks like, unless your backyard is full of alligators or kangaroos or something.” according to the organizers. “Judges will shine favorably upon films with a good story.
Continue reading The 3rd annual FRiFF drone film festival is coming this November to San Francisco
A total solar eclipse crossed the United States on Monday, bringing people outside in full force to watch the historic event.
Also out in full force? The drones.
Many drone pilots put their drones in the skies to document the first total solar eclipse to cross the nation since 1918, which carved a “path of totality” from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina.
Here were some of the best images taken by drone pilots: Continue reading Eclipse 2017: the best eclipse photos taken by a drone
This is a modified version of a story originally written for MarketWatch.com. Read the whole story here.
The winner of the best drone video ever on Instagram may be…Jeff Bezos?
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos recently joined Instagram, and his first ever post was shot by a drone. The drone video shows the Blue Origin’s New Glenn rocket production facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Blue Origin is an aerospace manufacturer founded in 2000 by Bezos that is developing technologies to send people to space at relatively low costs. New Glenn is the company’s reusable orbital launch vehicle , expected to make its initial launch test before 2020.
Bezos’s Instagram video begins with an aerial view, then pans in towards the building, ending with a photo of Bezos sitting on the roof holding a sign that says “ROCKET FACTORY COMING SOON.”
Bezos in February said he was “hopeful” that Blue Origin will begin offering trips for paying customers next year, adding that “I’m super optimistic” there will be a large market for such 11-minute thrill rides in a fully automated capsule offering views of the earth from the edge of space.