What is the future of the drone? As amateur photographers and filmmakers, will we still have access to this technology in 12 months time?
I invited him along to run this session because I love his work and because I would like to see aerial photography as part of Peterborough’s Collaborative community film.
Aerial Footage filmed at the Peterborough Snapshots film workshop
Oat showed us some beautiful examples of his work and demonstrated different shot types. The following information has been condensed from Oat’s very thorough, fun and informative workshop.
TYPES OF AERIAL SHOTS
A number of these shots are demonstrated in this showreel created by Oat for the Snapshots workshop:
Although most of the workshop was fun and play, Oat also discussed some of the rules, regulations and issues that you may face when flying your drone.
Firstly, you should know that you cannot fly your drone to collect video footage for coin, unless you have your RPA (Remotely Piloted Aircraft) Certificate. There is a whole list of rules and regulations about where and where you cannot fly your drone and some commonsense rules about flying your drone safely around people. I am going to provide you with some general information here but for more detailed, up-to-date and accurate information, you can find a list of rules and regulations here.
What I found interesting in Oat’s workshop is how often and easily drones can just ‘fall out of the sky’ or how easily a pilot will lose control of the drone. Believe me, you don’t want to fly one of these babies above a crowd of people! The stories of drones crashing to the ground, came from both Oat himself and the bunch of aerial filming enthusiasts in the workshop.
According to Oat, most “Fly-Away” Errors are caused by operator error or lack of proper pre-flight check. So its a very good idea to:
Before you send your drone off flying into the abyss:
Another thing you need to watch out for with the drone is the battery. You really need to know how to (and how to not) handle the Lipo Battery because you could end up with an explosion on your hands!
LIPO BATTERY SAFETY
Once you get safety under raps you can enjoy the beautiful imagery and adrenalin-inducing joy of UAV aerial filming.
Here are some photos of the fun-filled workshop.
ONE LAST WARNING: UAV FILMING IS ADDICTIVE!
Thanks to Oat for sharing your skills and knowledge with us and for the beautiful examples of aerial photography.
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Inspired by the film Baraka, I am embarking on a nature documentary and taking the town of Peterborough along for the ride. The wild ocean, winter surf, storms, rain, underwater wonderland, shipwrecks, local flora and fauna, will be all captured and celebrated on film.
‘Snapshots’ is the name of the film project that will involve the small and beautiful community of Peterborough, Victoria, creating a collaborative film project. I have teamed up with the Peterborough Residents Group to invite the people of Peterborough to get involved in filming their local environment in all its winter splendor.
We want to harness the skills, abilities and creativity of the local community to create a beautiful film. To get involved all you need in some kind of video camera device; iPhone, iPad, smartphone, GoPro, Action Camera, DSLR, Drone, and a willingness to go out in the winter cold and capture what you see as beautiful, wild and wonderful. Film footage will be collected from participants in November and edited into a short nature documentary style film. A music score will be created and produced by local Warrnambool musicians John Hudson and Matt Hewson to accompany the film. The film will be screened at the Peterborough Music Festival in January, 2015.
I will be running a number of free filmmaking workshops in Peterborough to inspire and skill people up in the art of filmmaking. We hope that people of all ages and interest groups will get involved.
Are you on Facebook? Join our page and keep updated with project progress and upcoming workshops. facebook.com/PeterboroughSnapshots
All workshops are held at the Peterborough Golf Club.
Please supply your own lunch and water bottle. Light Refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided.
Bring your camera (fully charged battery), cords, camera manual (if you have it) and laptop (if you have one)
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or send a FB msg with your name and contact details (phone/email)
This project is supported by the Moyne Shire through the Pitch Project initiative.