Pro Moviemaker Summer 2018



Set against the impressive backdrop of the House of Lords, the Drone Major Group, in collaboration with the British Standards Institute (BSI), has unveiled how the new Drone Standards, set to come into force this spring, will release the potential of the industry, revolutionise lives and transform business sectors from transport and infrastructure to agriculture and medicine. Robert Garbett, Chairman of the BSI Committee on Drone Standards, said: “The adoption of the first quality and safety standards for the drone industry will make 2018 a pivotal year for an industry which is set to become a global phenomenon.” He said that estimates that drones would spawn a $100 billion industry by 2020 might actually have underestimated the value of the opportunity. Areas where it’s perceived that drones will make a big impression include transport, infrastructure and construction, agriculture, medicine, the marine environment, mining, defence and security. The keys to growth in this exciting young industry are educating the public on the positive impact that this technology will have on their lives, and encouraging investors to get behind the research and development that will enable the industry to break through the barriers it faces, such as the integration of airspace and the adoption of multi-environment systems. There was also a call for governments worldwide to stand behind the drone industry to ensure it isn’t choked by over regulation, something the UK government has indicated it’s keen to avoid. While a small part of the wider picture relating to drone use, that will be music to the ears of the filmmakers increasingly looking to

involve drones in their work.

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California-based aerial filmmaking specialists Gyron Systems International, whose credits include shows such as Top Gear (UK and US versions), Jay’s Garage (NBC) and the recent American Dresser feature film, recently decided that their specialist requirements called for a particular combination of gear, namely a RED Helium 8K camera and a Fujinon 25-300mm Cabriozoom. “There are no second takes, no actors’ marks or posh trailers with aerial cinematography,” said Jesse Brunt, Director of Photography/Gyron Operator, Wolfe Air and Gyron. “We

make adjustments as they happen. Focus buzzing, blurry images and bad composition are unacceptable when you’re burning fuel and spinning rotor blades.” The rugged design of the 25-300mm makes it ideal for aerial cinematography, according to Jesse: “Everything with aerial conditions is subject to extremes – weather, temperature, abusive conditions in general along with extra wear and tear. The 25-300mm has been engineered to take the beating flying through the sky dishes out.”



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