Shooting EFX plates in DTLA with Sony A7SII
The first Sunday night we were supposed to shoot the HBO Promo using drone, only the technical director, Tom Mahoney, showed up. As I mentioned they had also hired me to shoot some plates for EFX. So after MacArthur park we went to a location next to 6th street and the Harbor Freeway. There was a “community” of homeless people living right there. Despite one guy yelling at the moon 25′ from where we were shooting we started to get the shots they wanted. We were shooting on my Sony A7S II to my Atomos Flame,to capture the footage at the highest resolution with a Kessler slider to get some movement to the shot. As no one had showed up that night, we got what we thought the director would want. The whole not showing up thing was a series of miscommunications, so the shoot was rescheduled.
Part of the discussion was that they wanted the palm tress to have some definition, so with a set of Luma Cubes on my Phantom 4 Pro I “painted light” onto the palm trees, which gave the director, Greg Harrison what he was looking for.
We were also asked to get a plate for the shot where he looks out his window and see’s the night time DTLA Skyline which needed to be a different view. While shooting that plate, I saw a green light bouncing off of the props. I realized someone was trying to damage my camera sensor with a laser. Because of the Inspire’s design, and I landed immediately, the sensor survived. Some of the things I’ve experienced flying drones commercially since 2012 are insane!