Drones are an amazing tool that allow a new perspective and add significant value to your production. If this is your first time hiring a drone, below is a quick rundown of what to expect.
First, let your drone operator know the following:
Next, we'll let you know what is possible and if there are any restrictions.
(It can technically go higher and further than that, but those are the rules set by the FAA and Transport Canada.)
It is possible to get an exemption from some of these rules (called an authorization or a waiver) but it takes time (up to 90 days in some cases).
The sooner you know what you need, the better.
Drone rates and operator skill levels are all over the place. Your budget and footage needs will determine what type of drone and crew you'll end up with.
I've been on shoots where both scenarios have happened.
What I bring to the table:
I own and operate DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Drones with the following specs:
If you're not sure what settings you need, I can help you choose the best set-up for your project.
My rates start at $150/hour. This is for the time that I am at location. Any required pre-production is included in this price. Additional personnel might be required for more complex jobs.
Projects at night start at $300/hr and require a minimum of myself and one visual observer. Additional VOs and other crew may be needed.
Hyperlapses start at $300. This includes 2-3 takes and an edited finished product. See HYPERLAPSES for more information.
Be sure to bring a laptop with plenty of hard drive space for transferring files at the end of the day. Please note that 4K footage takes up a lot of space and requires a fast computer not only for copying the files but also for editing.
Rates above are in US dollars. For Canada, rates start at $190/hr (CAD) with nighttime flights starting at $380/hr. Hyperlapses start at $380 CAD.
Now you have a better idea of what to expect when hiring a drone for your shoot. Feel free to contact me with any questions or to take that next step and Hire a Drone!
Hyperlapse adjective \ˈhī-pər, laps\ : a timelapse where the camera is moving
A great tool for showing the progression of time. Imagine the sun setting or traffic going by.
Our aerial hyperlapses are created by flying 2 mph while taking a still photo every 2 seconds. These photos are then grouped together and stabilized. Thirty pictures equals one second of footage. This means 10 minutes of flying time gets you a 10 second clip.
Rates for hyperlapses start at $300. Typically this includes 2-3 takes of the shot and an edited finished product. Hyperlapses are greatly affected by wind speed and direction so we will coordinate with you the best time, place and path of the drone.
A few notes on aerial hyperlapses:
We capture JPG photos in a 20 megapixel, 3:2 aspect ratio at a resolution of 5472 x 3648. The finished product will be cropped and sized to your specifications. We recommend one of the following:
If you require RAW photos, please note that they can only be taken every 5 seconds, leading to a shorter and possibly less stable hyperlapse.
For more information or to discuss your hyperlapse needs, please CONTACT US.
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Spring Training Webcast
More credits available upon request.
My drone footage can be seen in each of the following videos with the exception of "Hittin' Utah" which was my GoPro shot and "Westlake Filter Plant" which is behind the scenes footage of me flying.
My aerial footage can be found in the beginning and at the one minute mark. For Sotheby's International in Beverly Hills, CA.
All of these (very brief) shots were peppered throughout Season 8 of Little Women: LA. Locations include Cancun, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Tulum and Mountain High.
My drone footage can be found at the 1:18 mark.
For Oasis Church in Los Angeles.
|My aerial footage of the new Long Beach Civic Center can be found throughout this video.|
Produced and Directed by Mark Austin Heim.
Citizenship and Passports for the United States and Canada.