The 71st Cannes Film Festival has just started and we thought this would be the ideal opportunity to talk about the emergence of drones in the world of cinema. Drones have quickly become indispensable for filmmakers, whether they are shooting films, documentaries or series.
What are the advantages of using a drone?
Drones are renowned for replacing expensive aerial support such as helicopters. They are a safer option that provides a unique vantage point and high quality footage that rivals some of the most professional equipment on the market.
Quadcopters can now film in full HD or even 4K Cinema, providing some of the best video shots available. The fluidity of filming with a drone, especially when using its integrated automatic features is incomparable and impossible to achieve by any other means.
Drones enables the audience to get up close and personal due to the proximity with the actors, providing never seen before angles. The footage filmed using drones helps the audience experience new thrills, all the while enabling the film crew to be safer and save on the cost of filming.
Filmed using a drone
Many action scenes are filmed by drones: The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Iron Man 3, Captain America: Civil War all contain shots taken by drone.
Drones are also used to make music videos. Some artists such as Kendrick Lamar or Drake use drone to film their music videos.
Films in which you can see a Parrot drone:
Drones are quickly becoming a part of everyday life, which is why it is not surprising to see them in an increasing number of films, documentaries and series.
- In the famous animated film, The Smurfs 1 (Raja Gosnell), you can see Parrot AR Drone on several occasions, often with a Smurf riding on top.
- More recently in the French comedy, La Deuxième Etoile (Mars Films), one of the characters is seen flying Parrot Bebop 2 Power.
- Parrot Bebop 1 makes a guest appearance in the cult horror film Poltergeist, directed by Gil Kenan.