There is no such thing as a ‘standard’ drone film shoot in the work that we do. Each project has its own unique cocktail of location, camera, equipment, crew and talent. We spec almost every project to the unique demands of our customer and situation. A good example of this is born out of our work over the last few years at New York Fashion Week.
We are often asked to fly a drone indoors for a project; sometimes we can and sometimes it’s simply too unsafe to accommodate this request. The primary factors that make it less safe to fly a drone indoors are pretty simple: the presence of people and a small space. We have often used mitigating tactics to reduce these risks, such as removing some or all of the people, placing a barrier between the drone and the people, reducing the size of the drone and using protective features like propellor guards. We have flown indoors for many projects including some for Showtime, MTV, and Sony pictures, but sometimes a drone is just not the right tool for the job.
Instead of insisting on finding a way to use our drones in a way that might be unsafe or problematic, Aerobo delivers the best solution for the project needs. Much of the work we do to capture New York Fashion Week was better filmed a cable-cam or wire-cam than a drone. A wire-cam frees us to film indoors while increasing the level of safety and reducing both the noise and dust levels.
Here’s how it works:
Typically, we need a setup/rigging day for the equipment. We have certified riggers who handle the actual rigging, which can be led to truss, beams, joists, columns, pillars, or even rigging eyes. Once the rigging crew has set up the cables, then we mount and test the camera. The camera head and the shuttle that moves the camera are operated by two different people. This rig enables directors to shoot innovative angles that they never before thought were possible.
We have rigged wire-cams in spans ranging from 10 feet to 300 feet. In each space that we rig a wire-cam, from Barclay’s Center to Pier 79 in Manhattan to a VR film shooting in the woods, there are unique requirements. As with everything we do at Aerobo, safety is paramount. We require that all rigging for wire-cams is set up with a standard of independent double redundancy. This means that we have a fully independent safety line that the camera rig is attached to.
Aerobo delivers the technology and expertise needed to complete any project successfully. Aerobo analyzes the project requirements and safety concerns to determine which hardware is ideal and what crew is required. Unlike other drone firms, who only have one answer to every solution, Aerobo provides the professional expertise and technology to execute any project effectively.
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