Drones and camera stabilization technology changes at a furious pace. It wasn’t till 2011 when FreeFly introduced the Cinestar, the older brother to the Alta, then in 2012 DJI introduced the Phantom that you could buy a capable/pre-built UAS, and launched an industry. Before that it was a cottage industry of custom built one offs. However, the unsung hero of multi-rotors was the introduction of LIPO batteries which made drones a viable part of production with their ability to store energy. These paradigm shifts have forever changed movie making and we’ve been involved since those early days. The FreeFly Cinestar pictured above, with its mechanical gimbal was ours.
Our capabilities don’t stop with drones. We have recently added a four point wirecam system called EagleCam and a car crane named ChaseJib. Please scroll down to see how these two cutting edge pieces of equipment can get you the shots your production needs!
These are specialty drones, and have very specific purposes in our arsenal.
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Dronewrx has recently partnered with Industry Sherpa and purchased an Eagle Eye wire cam system from SEC Swiss, forming a new entity: EagleCam. Our decade+ of experience with drones has taught us that having the right tool for the job is essential, and while drones are an amazing tool, there are limitations.
The EagleCam 4 winch camera system can provide silent, safe, repeatable aerial shots to your production, augmented reality, show or concert for about the cost of a Techno Crane 50. With speeds up to 6’ per second and payloads up to 50 lbs, the EagleEye 150 has powered cables which prevents the need for battery changes, and cable that contain fiber which carries data and video making for a rock solid signal path. Our system is the only system of its kind in the states.
The EagleEye is, powerful, reliable, versatile and intelligent. but best of all affordable.
The EagleCam was recently featured on the soon to be released season 9 of TBS’s WipeOut. We flew the drone in the morning on the larger course, then EagleCam in the afternoon/night shots on “The Gauntlet” and “The Wipe Out Zone”. and we did that with one team: Drew Cobb pilot and Eric Bergez Camera op performing essentially the same function with both sets of equipment, another savings for production.
Our footage was so key that production is skipping a season they had on hold, in favor of the the EagleCam footage. Director Rich Kim felt that connecting the action was a missing link in the coverage. Apparently the producers agreed!
If you want to learn more visit our EagleCam dedicated web page
We’ve been developing this proprietary piece of gear for the past three years and now offer this as a service, or a rental. The beauty of this arm is that it works with a Movi XL giving producers the options of much longer lenses traveling at high speed with full FIZ. We pair this with our Flowcine Black Arm + Custom Tranquilizer to provide clients with the smoothest, jitter free shots available. With the Movi Xl we can over-sling the gimbal to get different perspectives and even taller angles.
Our resident expert, Eric Bergez (IATSE 600), who is the first North American re-seller for Flowcine can combine the Black Arm/Tranquilizer combo with any stabilized head for a package that provides silky smooth camera movement. We feature the the extremely powerful MoVI XL (to hire or rent) which can stabilize a camera package up to 55lbs, as well as accommodate larger form factors. We’ve had film cameras on that beast! The lightweight NEWTON, Movi Pro and Ronin 2 are also part of our “fleet”. Our stabilizers are regularly used on top TV shows and our camera work can be seen on Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” and “Master Chef“, “Wheeler Dealers” and many car commercials. We can turn any vehicle with a 2″ trailer hitch into the perfect stabilized camera support car, or use our Toyota Sequoia that comfortably seats five. A combination of services, and our teams ability to multi-task, makes it simple and affordable to have multiple hero shots on your production.
Visit Industry Sherpa to learn more!
Our ChaseJib was recently rented by the crew of HBO’s HACK’S. The ChaseJib is a simple repositioning tool which is MUCH quicker to mount to a vehicle than speed rail (it takes about 15 minutes), and makes moving the camera from left to right, from up high (12′) to “worms eye view” a push of a button! We helped them rig it up for the first time, showed them how to use it, and off they went on their 2 week, cross country journey!
If you want to learn more visit our ChaseJib dedicated web page.