First Person View drone/quadcopter flying has been around for a while but is only now really starting to be used for film making for a wider audience. FPV cinematic drone films have been going viral, wowing audiences and offering a new way to view properties, facilities, projects and events that’s as immersive as virtual reality but slightly more exciting. The growth in FPV cinematic drone films has come from the development of smaller and safer FPV drones designed for capturing slow cinematic film and the advances made in producing small portable action cameras the footage from which can be smoothed and steadied to produce films with a great deal of movement which are still watchable. The net result creates an immersive film where your viewpoint is the drones viewpoint captured by the small camera on the drone. You can fly through a building at eye level, through small apertures like windows and doors, and then out up into the sky and back again.
Compared to traditional drone footage used in film, FPV films are more exciting, engaging and immersive in following the drones movements; you fly like a bird and it genuinely can achieve the feeling of being able to fly, dive, swoop: and if you’re not careful the undesirable nausea that can result. This is where ‘cinewhoops’ which are FPV drones/quadcopters come in. They’re designed for slow flight based around providing smoothed movements for film, whilst enclosing their propellors within a frame to make them much safer to materials/people should collisions occur. The next thing is the skill of the pilot, it’s generally thought that an FPV drone pilot should have at least 10-20 hours training on a simulator before taking out their FPV drone for it’s first flights. It’s pretty much all manual control, requires concentration and skill.
If you’ve seen dynamic footage of rally cars being chased by airborne cameras, or camera angles where the camera flies through an object as a part of film footage you’ve probably seen FPV cinematic drone work as a part of a production. However bringing short films that are solely single takes to the table as part of a USP is the new thing. With a single take FPV film your audience is retained, they don’t have a break, they watch avidly what happens next and you have the chance to show them and let them explore your product from the back of a small drone.
Being a traditional drone pilot, photographer and film maker I only came to the FPV drone idea early this year after making a film for a local authority whose marketing professionals expressed an interest in this new type of film. It’s been a full time journey since learning how to fly, tune and buy the correct FPV drone for a particular application. Here’s a recent film I produced to promote a local golf course and driving range Norfolk Premier Golf.