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Thread: EPIC Year Best 2017 Drone Footage

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    2017 has been a fantastic year for all the drone enthusiast and film makers, with so many fantastic drones released, everyone pretty much jumped on the owning a drone band wagon. I was one of them who have settled with DJI Mavic Pro, having owned a Phantom 3 Advanced then Phantom 4 and it has made life so easy for me when travelling abroad or even just locally. Here are my Drone reel from 2017, all in 4K quality.
    Comment below and let me know your thought, CC welcomed. And if you like the video, please do press the like button and if you want to see more hit the subcribe button on youtube. Enjoy!

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    Very nice! I like the added sound effects under the music, it gives it more dimension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Dunakin View Post
    Very nice! I like the added sound effects under the music, it gives it more dimension.
    Thank you! that's the whole point, i want to give a new dimension rather than just dramatic music. I am glad someone recognised it.

    Thanks

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    Perfect, I really like it.

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    Looking at the drone video and the comments passed by members, I have hesitated about posting a slightly negative comment. I agree with all the very nice observations – Wonderful quality, stunning views, well recorded, suitable music etc. So what is my minor quibble?

    Well a drone is just another tool in the video photographers kit. The same as a GoPro camera, tripod, sliders, stabilisers, cranes, filters, sloMo, extra W/A lens etc. Each designed to help making video productions (perhaps) easier, more dramatic and maybe artistically better. It’s been mentioned here many times that a video – is to tell a story with a beginning, middle and end. It’s absolutely fine to tell a video story with nothing more than a basic camcorder or smartphone, but naturally one can use any advanced tools you may have to improve the overall production values.

    What the author of the drone video has done is to produce a superb video showing what drone photography is capable of. The sort of product that the manufactures would produce for themselves - an advertisement for the results drones can produce in glamorous distant parts, but does it tell us any kind of story?

    It was only a short while ago that folks were getting the ‘must have’ GoPro type cameras. Then we were shown many, many videos of all kinds of captured madcap action. Great stuff. Sadly, most didn’t tell us any story but just a series of cracking action sequences. It’s to be noted that some manufacturers are scaling down the production of this type of camera, no doubt due to the novelty wearing off.

    Every one of the bits of equipment mentioned is fine when used in moderation in an appropriate situation to add value to the story.

    Wynn
    Last edited by Wynn Stedders; 01-21-2018 at 04:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wynn Stedders View Post
    What the author of the drone video has done is to produce a superb video showing what drone photography is capable of. The sort of product that the manufactures would produce for themselves - an advertisement for the results drones can produce in glamorous distant parts, but does it tell us any kind of story?

    I wouldn't expect much in the way of story or visual narrative in a video that is just a highlight reel, as this was. However, I'm curious as to how one might introduce an element of story into a landscape video, or a video of a historic structure, etc?

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    Thanks Ray. You are absolutely right to point out that the splendid video by ‘mannytec’ was a special ‘Highlights’ production. Apologies for that to the author and readers.

    I still stand by my general comments about the use of all the wonderful video extras we acquire. You write However, I'm curious as to how one might introduce an element of story into a landscape video, or a video of a historic structure, etc?

    Well, recently, I undertook making a short video of a local historic building. I included interior and exterior shots. I got the person in charge to tell me - the viewers - about the history of the place and show me important points of interest, again both inside and out. We were all quite pleased with the result, but all the time I really wished I had a drone for a few aerial shots of the place and its location. That would have been the icing and the cake for me. Still, as it is, we have a story that is being used.

    Not wishing to be rude or unkind but I wonder if ‘mannytec’ has any short production that uses some drone footage as part of a story that includes shots with other than a drone. I hope I have worded that well, as it’s not my intention to be discourteous to ‘mannytec’ or anyone.
    Regards. Wynn.

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    I wonder whether it matters whether mannytec has ever produced a complete video telling a story. He (or she) is demonstrating a skill. I doubt many VFX artists produce complete films - or at least of the quality of their VFX. A former member of this forum used to produce complete films but he now specialises in operating and shooting using jibs (and latterly drones). He seems to have made a niche for himself in the more extravagant Indian weddings. He doesn't get commissioned by the bride & groom, rather he is the go to man for the people that produce the videos when they require a jib.
    Whilst this section is for completed films, I guess that completed films don't have to be aimed at the general public - they can be a showcase for one's work as this is.

    As for introducing a story element into landscape and historic structures, Wynn has already identified one way - a narration of a story, preferably by someone who is prepared to appear on camera if only at the beginning and end. Including someone who knows about the subject draws us in. "Faces not Places" is cliché, but clichés have generally become so because they work! If you're not producing a documentary (or even if you are), buildings and landscapes are potentially tricky as they don't move so: move the camera. Sliders and drones provide a solution here and can really give a sense of perspective and depth to what we're seeing on screen.

    But what really brings buildings and landscapes to life is people. If you're filming a historic building - buildings are built for people so - if you show a doorway, show someone going through it, if youe showing a staircase, show someone climbing it, if you're showing a window, show someone looking through it. Each one of these is a story - where is this person going? What are they looking at? It's easy for this to lead us from one scene to the next. We don't need to see faces necessarily (CUs of feet on stairs for example) and it doesn't have to be the same person, it just leads us fro one shot to the next and therefore draws us in - where are we going next?

    With landscapes the films that draw me in the most are those where we see some humans among the landscapes. Yes we may wonder why they are there or we may like to imagine ourselves in their position, but primarily it gives us a sense of scale and helps us appreciate the grandiosity (if that is what it is) or beauty of what we are seeing.
    Tim

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    I really do wish I could put things into words as well as you do Tim. You explain it all so well.
    Cheers. Wynn

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    Thanks guys! Since I'm primarily shooting video of ghost towns, mines, and abandoned places, as well as interesting scenery, I'm always interested in possible methods of improvement.

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