Excellent photography in both of these videos….It’s making me want to buy a drone.
I think that they have definitely come of age – however, some people over use them and put too much ethereal music over the shots to hide the sound of the rotors.
As a cameraman I would turn up at a location and look for somewhere high up where I could film establishing shots – up a ladder or from a window. But I did not then try to film 50 per cent of the story from up there. At the moment I use google earth for those establishing shots.
I think that I can do better. For KTL, the re-boot, I plan to acquire a waterproof drone will have a drone I will use it with discretion and only when those images add to the narrative.
Perhaps it’s just me, but I thought both videos were really boring. There’s no sense of engagement at all. They were “drone videos”, and had nothing to do with duck punts – or anything else really.
I think you are right – when making any video you have to construct some sort of narrative. However, I think that if properly used drone shots could add to the sense of place in a film. The gear is getting better that is for sure.