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FPV Drones in Cinema. Komodo or ALEXA? Get Ready for Dynamic Aerial FPV Footage

FPV drones in cinema. Komodo or ALEXA? Get ready for dynamic aerial FPV footage

FPV drones in cinema

There is no doubt that aer­i­al FPV pho­tog­ra­phy is con­sid­ered a key film­mak­ing method­ol­o­gy today. Now that movie cam­eras are small­er, lighter and more com­pact, they are much eas­i­er to use with an FPV drone. Action film direc­tors have stud­ied this tool and are active­ly using it in cin­e­matog­ra­phy. And it works! Michael Bay’s “Ambu­lance” motion pic­ture was actu­al­ly filmed with FPV drones capa­ble of car­ry­ing RED Komo­do action cam­eras.

Trailer for the movie “ER”

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Pro­fes­sion­al FPV Pilot (2019 Drone Rac­ing World Cham­pi­on) Alex Vanover (also known as Cap­tain Vanover) was invit­ed as the FPV Spe­cial­ist for this film.

Behind-the-scenes video of the filming process of the film “Ambulance”

Fast X

The oth­er day it became known that the direc­tors of the tenth part of the Amer­i­can media fran­chise “Fast and the Furi­ous” (called “Fast X”), the shoot­ing of which should be com­plet­ed only next year, also involved cin­e­mat­ic FPV drones in the process, in order to achieve bet­ter visu­al­iza­tion of dynam­ic scenes.

Trailer for Fast X movie

Behind-the-scenes video of the filming process of the film “Fast X”

Flying RED Komodo for dynamic FPV supercar pursuit

Hob­by­ist FPV drone spe­cial­ist John­ny Schaer (also known as John­ny FPV) while cur­rent­ly film­ing Fast X in Italy post­ed this short video show­ing one of his work­ing FPV drones (Cinelifter type) in tan­dem with the RED Komo­do cam­era, which in turn is one of the most pop­u­lar cin­e­ma cam­eras used by pro­fes­sion­als for film­ing with FPV drones. The Komo­do has the per­fect form fac­tor to make it easy to mount on a drone, it’s rel­a­tive­ly afford­able (in case of a crash), and it has a glob­al shut­ter that allows you to shoot fast-mov­ing sub­jects while min­i­miz­ing the appear­ance of var­i­ous kinds of arti­facts in the frame, such as jel­ly.

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John­ny is far from a novice and has already man­aged to light up as a pro­fes­sion­al on the set of the Net­flix film Red Notice, where, in fact, he made his debut in pro­fes­sion­al cin­e­ma. His path begins in 2015, with the usu­al freestyle, clas­sic 5‑inch quad with a GoPro on board. Now it’s reach­ing the big screen. With what we con­grat­u­late him! What’s more, this is the first use of aer­i­al FPV in the Fast and Furi­ous auto­mo­tive saga.

FPV drones in cinema. Komodo or ALEXA? Get ready for dynamic aerial FPV footage

Cinelifter drone from Jon­ny FPV in tan­dem with RED Komo­do on the set of Fast and Furi­ous 10.

Komodo or ALEXA?

When perus­ing the Fast X data sheet on IMDB, the RED Komo­do cam­era is not list­ed. In its place, such cam­era mod­els as Arri Alexa Mini LF and Arri Alexa LF are indi­cat­ed. It is also known that the main direc­tor of the saga “Fast and the Furi­ous” Justin Lin (Justin Lin), along with his part­ner in cin­e­ma, Stephen F. Win­don (Stephen F. Win­don), prefers to shoot on film (Panav­i­sion XL2). Hence, it will be inter­est­ing to see how the RED Komo­do per­forms with such advanced hard­ware.

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Prin­ci­pal pho­tog­ra­phy for Fast X began in April 2022 and is sched­uled for release in May 2023.

FPV drones in cinema. Komodo or ALEXA? Get ready for dynamic aerial FPV footage

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