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Drone shooting vs helicopter tracking shots

Drone shooting vs helicopter tracking shots

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Drone shooting is still a fairly new technology in TV and cinema production and, due to its similarities with helicopter tracking shots, many casual viewers might not immediately notice the difference. But there are several major differences between the two methods, and these not only save time and money when using a drone camera shoot, but can also lead to…

Benefits of drone videography for architects and surveyors

Benefits of drone videography for architects and surveyors

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Although much of our work does indeed revolve around filming for television programmes and advertisements, we also happen to produce work for architects and surveyors. From the tip of Scotland to the toe of Cornwall, our drones have helped architects and surveyors on a range of projects from safety and inspections through to marketing and portfolio shoots. With this in…

Documentaries that changed how we view the world

Documentaries that changed how we view the world

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Documentaries can be some of the most powerful and thought provoking films to feature on our screens, both large and small. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most revolutionary or critically acclaimed  documentary films released in the 21st century so far: Lift (2001) A beautiful short that took a slant against journalistic documentary filmmaking,…

How drones have changed Hollywood

How drones have changed Hollywood

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Drones have featured in Hollywood films for decades – notably in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II, one of the earliest productions to show a drone, which was filming a news report in the then-future 2015 Hill Valley. It’s one of the movie’s most accurate predictions about the 2010s, when drones are now not only a common sight in…

British dramas that changed television

British dramas that changed television

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British drama is famed worldwide for its high production values, talented and diverse actors, and unparalleled range from historical recreations and wartime serials, to modern original crime and psychological thrillers. A great British drama series is true event television – you only have to look at the social networks when a new episode is broadcast for proof of that. In…

Filming abroad: five things you need to know with drone filming

Filming abroad: five things you need to know with drone filming

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Drone filming is changing the way filmmakers get spectacular swooping tracking shots, but until relatively recently US laws did not allow drone cameras to be used, even over Hollywood studio lots – which is why scenes shot in this way have generally been produced overseas, with some very recent exceptions. Even in the UK, larger drones can only be flown…

How drone cameras are changing the face of the film industry

How drone cameras are changing the face of the film industry

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Drones are becoming an increasingly everyday piece of equipment in our lives, whether you hear of ecommerce retailers planning to deliver via drone, or you see a hobbyist out flying one over the countryside. But one place where many of us have experienced a ‘drone’s eye view’ without even realising it is in the cinema, where film studios all over…

UK drone law and licensing: what you need to know

UK drone law and licensing: what you need to know

Drone Hire, News, Regulation

Current UK drone law is very relaxed, particularly if you want to fly your drone only for personal and leisure use – and there is currently no competency licence needed. However, you should make sure that you fly your drone safely, away from densely populated areas and large buildings, and that it does not get too close to any structures…

Working around no-fly zones for the UK’s biggest cities

Working around no-fly zones for the UK’s biggest cities

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At Aerial Republic we have worked in a wide range of environments, from sprawling cities to the most desolate wildernesses, providing high quality drone videography for some of the world’s largest television networks and studios. With licences that allow us to work throughout the world and on every continent, it’s important to know just where we’re allowed to film —…