For the Chinese Feature Film production `Nicola Code` we had been able to deliver high end footage within high end locations, like the. Potsdamer Platz by night, the Siegessäule/Straße des 17. Juni and the Teufelsberg. Due to our great network we had been able to provide the production with the full service of getting the permissions to fly in this special areas in the shortest time possible.
The stunning content, shot on Arri Alex Mini, will be shown all across China in 2018.
With the high end, long range 1080p latency free video transmission we could serve the video village with a stable transmission even in long range flights as well as whilst flying in obstructed areas.
The whole setup delivered a rock solid performance prepared even for the cold weather conditions of late November.
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.
For the 30 Mio.€ budgeted German production `Jim Knopf´ (Jim Button & Luke The Engine Driver) produced by Rat Pack in Co-Production with Warner Bros. and Malao Film, Camera Drone Services had been responsible for the coverage of the studio set ups at Studio Babelsberg (indoor/outdoor) with our Virtual Reality / 360° Systems.
It was very special to fly the drone, with our 360°-Rig mounted either on top or below the drone, through small caves, in big green screen studios like in the Marlene Dietrich Halle as well a flying through a small train tunnel and rafters of a Chinese tempel.
Besides a very stable drone rig it´s very important to have flying skills that allows you to hide or stand in places on set to fly the drone, where the camera/viewer isn´t able to see you instantly in the final clip, because the 360° camera System captures everything around it.
Studio Babelsberg choose Camera Drones Services to produce aerials and slow walkthroughs, with a drone in different heights, of their new Outdoor Location – The Metropolitan Backlot – Neue Berliner Straße in 5K RAW shot on RED.
The 16 Million Euro location has 54 house facades, 4 streets a inner courtyard and a height up to 15m.
It was pretty special to cover everything in long takes and create fly throughs that allows the viewer to get a good impression of whats possible and how is everything connected to each other in that great location.
For that we had to fly very slow whilst keeping the system on position without any GPS or other positioning tools in pretty windy conditions besides walking the drone through the whole location, with its gangways and tunnels to and through the courtyard.
Thanks to our reliable systems and our experience Studio Babelsberg got some great footage which is used in their international promotion trailer/showreel.
The Berlin based Production Company It´s us Media used our drone competences for their commercial production for BMWI (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie).
For this production our drone systems had been used for the drone establishing shots as well as a replacement for a crane. With this the production was able to save money besides having the flexibility of shooting different angles from very close positions to very far establishing shots within one shot.
Another special with this production was, that we had been able to fly in a night setup with light rain which worked perfect with our reliable systems and offers the production great shots with watered streets and roofs they usually would have needed an artificial wet-down for.
History Channel is well known for their big international documentaries from all over the world.
In Berlin we had a very special shooting for their documentary “Hunting Hitler“. On the location at the Brandenburg Gate, Street of 17th of June and the victory column we had to shoot the aerials for that special documentary about the last days of the WWII with our big drone systems.
With our reliable and redundant CDS – Dronesystems and our reputation we had been able to get the permission for the highly restricted flight zone close to the Reichstag and created the pictures the production needed and beyond.
For the international BBC documentary “sculpture park” about an art gallery and park in Mecklenburg Vorpommern. Their owners and artists had been followed all over the world in this very special documentary. CDS – Camera Drone Services was responsible for the aerial shots to cover the beautiful landscape with all its lakes and forests that surround the art-park. Additionally the CDS equipment was used for steady shots to cover a walk through the park, to show the art installed along the way through the park towards the main gallery entrance.
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.