Here at Aerobo we’re huge fans of the Billions team. From creators Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin to the brilliant cast including Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, David Costabile, Maggie Siff and more. The writing is smart, snappy, on point and believable and the acting feels honest and real. Billions follows US Attorney Chuck Rhoades as he goes after hedge-fund tycoon Bobby “Axe” Axelrod weaving a compelling and relevant story.
We filmed with the Billions cast and crew for the Season 1 Finale. The Billions team knew exactly what they were looking for and didn’t want any camera other than Arri Alexa Mini. The planned shot had to be very, very steady. The shot is supposed to look like a tripod in the sky. The director didn’t want this to look like a drone shot, they wanted it to fit in with the visual vocabulary of the show.
This was a one chance shot. Because of light and FAA regs at the time of shooting, we had to be landed before civil twilight (Aerobo is now one of the few drone companies with a nighttime operating waiver from the FAA). That gave us only 5 minutes, or one take, to get the shot right.
Delivering high-quality, professional aerial cinematography is the goal for Aerobo during every project. With exacting requirements for this key shot, including the limited and lack of time to re-shoot if there were any mistakes, we leveraged the extensive experience of our drone crew to ensure that the Billions shot was captured as-required the first time, ensuring that there were no unplanned delays or a need to reset the shot the next day. This dedication to quality and execution is why directors, broadcast producers and other production professionals throughout the US trust Aerobo to provide drone services for their drone photography and drone cinematography needs.
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