Very special development and consulting for the Netflix Series Sense 8 with Lana Wachowski as Director and John Toll as DOP.
The clients request was to find a solution for flying a drone in a Setup that allows also two helicopters being involved and flying between the drone and the POI/Set. To fulfill all security requirements on international standards, we had to go on a specified security distance towards those helicopter but still have to be pretty close in the framing of the actors and the whole action sequence.
We developed on our CDS Drones – stabilizing systems as well as on our video transmission and came up with a rocksolid solution of flying a RED 8K camera with a 120mm lens incl. full FIZ control and a 1080p zero delay, video transmitting long-range solution which was tested on the ground with a range of 3km (unobstructed) and also worked fine in a range of around 600m through trees and and other obstructions. Even with the 120mm lens we had been able to deliver a fully stabilized picture.
The second season of the US tv series Berlin Station produced by Paramount Pictures, Studio Babelsberg and Michael Scheel took advantage of the versatilely of CDS Drones and its operators. For very special roof top chasing scenes filmed on Arri Mini, we had to fly in courtyards and street canyons besides crossing different roof height and stories of the bulding the chases took place on.
Despite having wind gusts up to 62kph on and over the roof tops we had been able to deliver steady pictures anyway.
Thanks to our quick releases, foldable systems and our easy to transport systems we had been able to cover all different locations in a very short time and give the production more time they could use for other shots they could do additionally to the planned ones.
Thanks to the wonderful team of Berlin Station which helped carrying things around and taking care of our stuff we also had a great experience concerning the understanding of necessary safety rules especially in these harsh weather conditions and special spots we had to start, land and fly through in the inner city of Berlin.
Cinecentrum Berlin, the production company of the very famous german tv-series SOKO Wismar booked CDS – Camera Drone Services for their very special and also dangerous shots with having the the main set in a flying balloon whilst filming the scenes with a drone. Another specialty with those shots had been the different locations and camera angles we had to film. We had to move from one spot to another within a short period of time, set up the drone, get in position and shoot the sequences the production needed for their final episode.
Thanks to our optimized workflow and the very mobile setting we had been able to provide the production with more shots and angles than originally planned and so we could provide them with more options for their final composition.