Eyes in the Sky — Shooting with Drones

Tara Jenkins

September 2, 2021

Directors of photography must be ready for anything on set, and today that often means having a drone on hand.
An aerial shot was on the call sheet and the lighting at the location was beautiful, but the helicopter was grounded at the airport 50 miles away due to bad weather. “If I’d had a drone in my truck, I could have gotten the shot so easily,” says ASC member Claudio Miranda. “It was frustrating, and that’s what started me on this track.”

Directors of photography must be ready for anything on set, and today that often means having a drone on hand.
An aerial shot was on the call sheet and the lighting at the location was beautiful, but the helicopter was grounded at the airport 50 miles away due to bad weather. “If I’d had a drone in my truck, I could have gotten the shot so easily,” says ASC member Claudio Miranda. “It was frustrating, and that’s what started me on this track.”