On Tuesday, September 27, drone powerhouse DJI announced a game-changing drone to the world. It is the DJI Mavic Pro. Some have called it an “Adventure Drone,” which I think fits it very well. It is a drone with the same intelligence as their larger models (Phantom 4) but folds up to a size not much larger than an iPhone 7+ box. What this means is that it is something you can nearly put in your pocket. Even the remote is smaller than an iPhone 7, and has a range of up to 4.6 miles.
The question, however, is this a tool or a toy?
Short description for those who do not know, the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is where a team signs up to fully produce a short, 4-7 minute film within a 48 hour time frame. The teams meet up to draw a genre from a hat that their film will have to fall into. Then the teams receive the following requirements: Line of Dialog, Character Name/Occupation, Prop that must be featured. Then, once released at Friday night, 7:00 PM, they have until Sunday night at 7:30 PM to turn in the finished film.
Shot with my iPhone 6S+ at 60 frames per second. Just messing while getting coffee.
And, while we had a great idea, script and setting, we had hiccups along the way that made it impossible to get the film in on time. In short, we ran out of time. There is no real need to go into all the factors that caused this. Everyone was there and we all gave it our all. It just wasn’t in the cards. We have some good footage, and I know it will be finished up and screened for those of us who worked on it. I cannot wait to see it. We had a great crew and cast and everyone was excited and put everything they had into the project.
For the last few years I have been working with a friend of mine in the 48 Hour Film Project. This year, he decided not to participate. I can understand, it is a daunting task to write, shoot, edit and turn in a film in a 48 hour time window. Makes for a lot of missed sleep, overheated bodies and very tired crew. So, this year I went freelance and put my name up on the site as “Looking for Team.” It wasnt up there long, and I got contacted by Small Step Films. Sweet, this was gonna be fun.
So I realize that most of the last few posts have been rants. And granted, we all need to rant now and then in order to release the pressure build-up of dealing with the stupids on a daily basis, it also makes for a pretty boring and negative blog. So, now it is time for something completely different.
A few years back (2012, for christ’s sake) I was asked to help out with a zombie web series by a friend of mine. He already had the script ready, a make-up artist and most of the cast already set up. It was a real mix of people, with some from the RenFair and some from the local MMA crew around Louisville and Lexington. I was asked to film, and then, once on set, to edit as well. To be honest, I was more worried about the editing…
It turned out to be a great time and learning experience for me and everyone involved. I met some great people and new friends and got to participate in making Sean’s vision into a reality.
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