Shooting up to 5K in RAW, FAA-Certified & Insured
Flying a drone on a production used to be a big production in itself, but times have changed. The drones I use can be set up and airborne in 1-2 minutes, and are flown safely by a single operator. Legally, I’m fully certified by the FAA to fly all commercial jobs, and my flights are ensured for up to $2 million of liability.
Here are the drones I can bring to any production — either as a dedicated drone pilot, or as part of broader camera services…
The Inspire 2 is one of the most advanced camera drones available, with an emphasis on cinematic image quality and flexible camera movement. Still, the Inspire 2 is easy to control by a single operator and made almost fool-proof thanks to multiple obstacle avoidance sensors and cameras. While it's not exactly discreet or subtle (8.82 lbs), it's far smaller and more manageable than other high-end drones such as DJI’s Matrice and Freefly’s Alta.
The Mavic Pro is the smallest professional camera drone in the world (only 1.6 lbs). You can literally fit it in a small backpack or deep, baggy pockets, and unfold its rotor arms for flight in about 30 seconds. That makes it perfect for grabbing shots in a hurry, and without drawing attention. The Mavic’s 4K image quality is very good (similar to DSLR video) and multiple obstacle avoidance sensors/cameras make it very hard to crash.
I use a couple of different radios to make flights go as smoothly as possible. I often take along a dedicated VHF flight radio for talking to nearby planes, helicopters or airport towers.
I can also bring up to 6 Motorola CP200D UHF walkie-talkies to distribute among crew members and performers, which makes coordinating action a lot easier.