Think you can shoot a film entirely with a drone? That means not just an entire film of epic aerial shots. It means close-ups of the actors and indoor scenes too.
DJI proved they could do it, using nothing but the recently launched, $2,999 Inspire 2 drone.
DJI released “The Circle,” a 14-minute short film starring Ryan Phillippe and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers from Stranger Things) as an estranged father and son (respectively) in Depression-era America.
The Circle was shot entirely on the Inspire 2, using the drone’s X5R camera for every shot in the film. It was created by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, known for his work on “Life of Pi,” “Oblivion,” and “Tron.”
“The advantage is obvious on smaller projects when you can’t afford cranes and all of the technicians that come along with it,” said Executive Producer Dana Brunetti.
Watch it here:
So how did they do that? How did they get those aerial shots and the close-up shots — without getting the sound of the drone’s propellers in there? How did they get the shot in the car, or looking down at the bed?
DJI also released a behind-the-scenes video. The kicker here is that while everything was shot by a drone, the drone wasn’t necessarily flying the whole time. Instead, it was carried by hand or a separate rig for some of the scenes. It’s essentially proof that the Inspire 2’s camera is cinema-quality. And it is.
This film used the new Zenmuse X5S, which has a larger Micro Four Thirds sensor with 20.8 megapixels and 12.8 stops of dynamic range. The Zenmuse X5S camera also supports 8 lenses from wide angles to zooms. It shoots 20fps continuous burst DNG RAW (20.8 MP).
The Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X5S retails for $6,398.
See the behind the scenes footage here: