A few nights ago I had the chance to finally integrate the Phantom 3 Professional into a shoot for Broadway Church. The piece was a simple trailer for an upcoming sermon series. We were shooting down at the beach and I figured this would be the perfect time to try out the Phantom 3, for an actual shoot. As mentioned before, I never purchase a piece of gear and immediately go shoot something for a client. I prefer taking the time to get comfortable with the gear first. The same goes for the Phantom 3. If you are unfamiliar with flying a drone this could be dangerous for you and the people around. We shot down on Crescent Beach, near the rocks and the water. There wasn’t a smooth, flat landing space so I improvised and used an iPad cover. This was fine for take offs, however, landing was a little tricky. I ended up missing the iPad case a few times and managed to land on the rocks, fortunately without the Phantom falling over and snapping a prop. It was a little tricky, and I wouldn't recommend it, but I managed.
I shot most of the piece with the Sony FS7 and grabbed three shots with the Phantom 3. One was an establishing shot of Paul (our lead actor) walking down the beach, an overhead shot of Paul building a fire and lastly Paul sitting by the fire on the beach. In the edit I ended up cutting out the shot of Paul building the fire. Three drone shots for a 40 second piece seemed to be a few too many. Switching from the Phantom to the FS7 was pretty quick. It was a matter of putting the FS7 on a tripod and directing Paul on the type of shot, turning the Phantom on, flying into position and shooting two to three takes. I then landed the Phantom, powered down and was back to shooting with the FS7. It was quick and simple. It didn’t slow me down and that is one of the main aspects I was worried about when I add another piece of gear to my shooting arsenal.
Here are a few behind the scenes stills from Donny. I will post the video shortly.