Professional drone pilot shooting bicycle promotion video in Mammoth, California.
This shoot took place over three days in Mammoth, California which of course is at Sierra Nevada altitudes. High altitude props WERE employed on my workhorse drone the DJI Inspire 2. Those are suggested over 7500 ft above sea level FYI. I did a movie last year near Albuquerque starring Nicolas Cage and Lawrence Fishburn (it still hasn’t been released) which was a last minute hire, and the producers failed to let me know we’d be shooting at altitude, the drone worked, but really struggled as we neared the top of Sandia Mountain which is at 10,000’. lesson learned, when in doubt, bring high altitude props
Working with one of my good friends and favorite producers, Austin White. His company is USA Sport Inc., and he also grew up riding and racing like I did, and has a similar penchant for two wheeled vehicles, He’s even more die hard than me! The shoot was being produced by a division of Giant Bicycles out of Taiwan and as you know trying to please a corporate entity tends to dilute the creativity. So I have posted Austin’s directors cut of the video and I really like how his version came out. Mr. White follows the edict of all good directors. It’a ALL about the light. As you can see most of the shots take place in the morning and around sunset. I both fly the drone and operate the vehicle that gets the car-to-car shots. I am on a motorcrane team with Austin, but as is often the case, there was no budget for it on this shoot. So we incorporated a couple of secret tricks to get a RED camera low to the ground, and over-slung on the Movi pro running Blackjack.