A new short film by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, Oblivion, Tron) demonstrates the potential of the new DJI Inspire 2 drone. The 13 minute short, about a father reuniting with his estranged son in Depression-era America, was filmed entirely with the professional drone and X5R camera.
The film’s director, Sheldon Schwartz, says using only the drone to film was quite different in contrast to typical equipment used to film a historical piece.
“When you think of shooting a movie set in the Great Depression, you think of big Hollywood studio films, big cameras and massive crews,” Schwartz said. “What’s unique about this shoot is that we’re using new technology to push the limits of camera language and storytelling.”
Though the film didn’t have multiple cameras, the Inspire seemingly did it all and well, with the aerial shots one would expect and close ups that felt surprisingly natural.
Star of the film, Ryan Phillippe (Shooter), points out that with the quality of the Inspire 2, smaller budgeted films can now have the same quality of shots as those filmed on Hollywood sets.
“Filmmaking has been tethered to the ground for so long. DJI’s technology is allowing filmmaking to be free,” Phillippe said. “The advantage is obvious on smaller projects when you can’t afford cranes and all of the technicians that come along with it, and you can still achieve the same beautiful shots as with the larger equipment.”
Another advantage of filming with the Inspire 2 comes with the camera’s new three dimensional movement, stabilized gimbal technology, and much to Miranda’s liking the ability to shoot in the RAW format.
“It’s nice to have that dynamic range, so I’m able to push shadows up or highlights down and create a mood,” Miranda said.
The Inspire 2 is expected to be available in the next couple of months so be sure to check back with us for updates and you can find more details about the Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro’s specs here.