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 documentary 100. Jahre UFA, produced by SWR we had been able to produce the important aerials at Studio Babelsberg where the well know production company UFA has its roots.
The Director Dr. Sigrid Faltin used the drone as a multifunctional tool to create long tracking shots which start at low heights which usually had been shot with a steady cam over mid-heights and camera movements a crane would usually had been used for up to 100m aerials.
With this flexibel CDS Drones – Setup we had been able to fulfill all production requirements and beyond.
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.
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.
For the Berlin-Brandburg Film Commission and the Medienboard in cooperation with Studio Babelsberg and X-Filme, CDS – Camera Drone Services had been invited to do a workshop with the main Berlins and Brandenburgs Authorities and Politics concerning Drones-, Technics, flying skills, permissions and possible future scenarios concerning flying licenses and the permission process.
The workshop took place in the brand new Studio Babelsberg set “Neue Berliner Straße”.
Watch the video, produced by the Medienboard, to get a short Impression of the Event.