Recent advances in camera, flight and battery technology mean that UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) are now capable of obtaining footage at a quality comparable to that achieved by manned aircraft.
Combined with the fact that UAV’s can be used closer to the ground and nearer to people than manned aircraft, this means that they are becoming an incredibly versatile tool for filmmakers across a wide variety of genres.
UAV’s have been used to replace dolly and jib shots in awkward locations and can be used for dramatic lift and zoom shots.
The majority of UAV operators will be significantly cheaper than hiring a helicopter. The ability to monitor the footage from the ground allows for directorial input to the flight team and immediate review of the footage.
Control methods vary and include traditional transmitters, tablet and laptop control. The control method employed will be dictated by the type of filming required.