Filming with drones

Posted on: July 09, 2015 by Nettel Media

Category: General

Filming with drones

Drones have been making headlines for quite some time. Though these flying robots are commonly associated with the military, agriculture and surveillance, they have most recently been making headlines due to their use by brands around the world. The 2014 Cannes TweetSuite Staff used drones and musicians are putting them to use too. Most notably, in December 2013 Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon announced that drones could one day deliver packages to customer’s doorsteps.


But brands aren't the only ones using drones. For filmmakers, drones present many unique opportunities. These drones are fairly inexpensive and are able to capture images that no other camera has been able to do before. Just take this video of an erupting volcano for example. No human or other equipment would have been able to otherwise capture this, at least not at the cost of a drone and a few cameras. This opens up the possibility for large budget films to get even more creative, and for independent filmmakers to experiment with the tool and broaden their expertise in the field.


Although it seems there are many positives to using drones, there are several things worth considering. There are countless privacy concerns for those who may not be aware that they’re in a video, or for drones flying over and capturing footage of private properties. These concerns are similar to concerns that arose when Google Glass made its debut a few months ago. 


Additional concerns have come up with regards to drones failing, breaking or running into objects while in flight and crashing. As the technology progresses, it will be critical that the proper regulations are put in place in order to ensure that using the technology will be able to do so with the safety and privacy of the public top of mind.


In Canada specifically, if your drone “weighs less than 35kg and is used for recreational purposes only, you have permission to fly”it according to the Government of Canada. The drone can’t be flown closer than 9km from any airspace facility and no closer than 150m from people, buildings and vehicles. There is also the potential to regulate permits in Canada, much like what happens when shooting in a public space. You can read more about Transport Canada’s Do’s and Don’ts and permissions here.


Have you used a drone before? What’s your favourite drone video? Share it with us in the comments or on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And if you are considering using a drone for your next corporate video, do not hesitate to contact us.

Image: jacinta lluch valero

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