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Drone Cinematography

Drone Cinematography has changed so much over the years. I remember starting just about two and a half years ago with a GoPro attached to my Phantom 2 drone flying my drone around Maui, Hawaii. We also had to solder wires to connect it to a transmitter so we could see what we were filming, this is called first person view, FPV. Now drones have cameras already integrated with the drone. For FPV just plug your smart phone or tablet into your controller and you can see what you are shooting and have full control over your camera settings as well as drone settings and various intelligent flight modes. The intelligent flight modes are amazing too! When I had my Phantom two there was really just 3 flight modes now there are many many more. You can do tripod mode for steady slow controlled shots, you can do tap to flight, simply tap on your screen where to fly to, you can do active track, pick a moving object and it will follow it, all pretty amazing and useful too! The quality on the cameras are getting more and more professional too. For me as a professional filmmaker I want the highest quality possible and the current Phantom 4 Pro has amazing quality. It has an impressive 1” sensor, that shoots 4k resolution at 60 frames per second with great clarity and high performance in low light conditions. This is truly a professional camera that can fly. On top of the ease of use, set up time, camera quality and flight modes the Phantom 4 Pro drone has forward and back sensors for obstacle avoidance. I tested them by flying the drone straight at me full speed where it stopped about 6 feet away!  The batteries last about 40% longer too. The Phantom 2 with a Go Pro and FPV was about $2000 now, 3 years later you can get the Phantom 4 Pro with so much more for $1599. Pretty awesome!

DJI phantom 4 pro Drone

With the power and abilities of today’s drones, come regulations. As a drone pilot you are either a hobbyist or a professional. If you make any money from flying your drone you need to get a Small Unmanned Aircraft Pilots license called a Part 107. It’s a multiple choice test, that test extensive knowledge on weather, aeronautical knowledge and reading sectional charts (maps for pilots). It’s no easy test and takes time to study. If you are a hobbyist all you need to do is register your drone with the FAA and of course follow their guidelines.

For me as a wedding filmmaker, here on Maui, the use of drones really add a high production value to my films. It gives the viewer a perspective on the location like nothing else can, especially videoing such scenic wedding venues as we have here in Maui, Hawaii. Flying my drone has given me a renewed appreciation in the beautiful place we all live. My last drone film Drone Maui was featured on KHON News and The Down Town LA Film Festival.

So in a few short years, drones have revolutionized the industry in so many ways. Drones give us a new view of the world that we never had before. With technology advancing so fast and drones still being realitvly new, I’m excited for what the future holds for these modern filming marvels.

Drone Maui as featured on KHON & The Downtown LA Film Festival


White Orchid Beach House Wedding Film

White Orchid Beach House Wedding Film
This was a beautiful destination wedding at the gorgeous White Orchid Wedding Beach House.
Congratulations to the bride and groom on their Maui wedding!

Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.hifocused.com
Maui Wedding Photography: http://www.joannatano.com
Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.whiteorchidwedding.com

Here’s what they wrote for their awesome 5 star review 🙂
Jordan and his team captured our wedding day perfectly. Our video exuded every ounce of love and happiness that my husband and I felt on this day. It was important to us to have a short video of the ceremony and reception for a wedding reception back at home. All of our friends and family were not only in tears, but were highly impressed with the quality of the film. Jordan’s work is nothing short of visual artistry and brilliance. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a cinematographer for any occasion! Thank you again, Jordan!


Maui Wedding Film White Orchid Weddings

Jane + Jinhua / Destination Maui Wedding Film / HI FOCUSED
I love the White Orchid Beach House. It’s such an intimate, scenic property for a wedding.
It’s set right next to the water in beautiful Makena Maui Hawaii.
It’s offers everything you would want in a Hawaii Wedding! The blue water, tropical palm trees,
amazing sunsets and of course your closest family and friends!!!
Congratulations Jane & Jinhua on your amazing Maui wedding!

Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.hifocused.com
Maui Wedding Photography: http://www.annakimphotography.com
Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.whiteorchidwedding.com

Here is another amazing wedding film shot with White Orchid Wedding on Maui,
at the historic Olowalu Plantation House. This is one of the most classic places to get
married on Maui. You have the old plantation Hawaiian house to get ready in,
the ceremony location right by the water and of course the scenic pier to walk out on and have
gorgeous photos and videos at Sunset! It’s also a private venue so it’s only your closest family and friends
no sharing with other people like at a resort or public location. This wedding film with White Orchid
Weddings really show cases this amazing location to get married!

Here’s the kind words the couple had to say about working with us 🙂
Jordan was Amazing. We must have watched our video 50 times already and we just got it last night. he captured every great moment of the day and what was incredible is just all the emotions that we had during that whole day were relived every time we watched the video. Jordan was very professional and great to work with. We chose Hi Focused after watching a few of their past work, but ours definitely exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for adding to our special day. We will be watching this video for 60+ years to come.

 


Maui Sugar Beach Events / Wedding Film

Maui Sugar Beach Events / Wedding Film / HI FOCUSED
What an awesome destination Maui wedding!  The bride is from
Canada and the groom is from Australia so this made for a great international mix.
Congratulations Donica and Alex on your amazing day!

Maui wedding venue: http://www.sugarbeacheventshawaii.com
Maui wedding cinematography by: http://www.hifocused.com
Maui wedding photography by: http://www.cjevansphotography.com

Here’s their awesome 5 star review 🙂
“So, I know what you’re thinking…venue, photographer, videographer, etc. It all adds up, right? Yes, it does and this is why my husband and I REALLY debated about having a wedding video. We asked ourselves would the extra cost of a wedding video really be worth it? We had actually decided to not have one, but then a friend said something that made us reconsider: She said that without a doubt, getting their wedding video was the best thing they did for their wedding. She said that the wedding goes by in a flash and you think you remember it all until you see the video. You get to recap the moment he sees you for the 1st time in your dress, the I dos and all the speeches. Pictures just don’t capture the essence of those moments, only video can. It was a strong statement and I’m so glad she said it, because it was the #1 reason we went ahead with booking Jordan. Jordan and his team are AMAZING! Jordan was always quick to reply and they were fantastic on the day of the wedding. Jordan and our photographer worked seamlessly together. It was wonderful. Then there’s the final product…We LLLOOOVVVEE our highlight and full length video. Jordan is just so talented and took in our thoughts on what we wanted our wedding video to capture. When we got our highlight video we also shared it with all our friends and family. Many who couldn’t make the wedding were so happy and completely impressed by the video.
My actual reply to Jordan when we saw our highlight video was “OH MY GOSH JORDAN!!!!!!!!!!! We (I!) LOVE IT!!!!!! It’s absolutely perfect. You are one talented cinematographer. Amazing, amazing amazing!!!!!”I don’t think I had ever used that many exclamation points before! But I wanted him (and now you) to know how stunning our video turned out. If you’re questioning it, stop questioning…just do it and have Jordan capture your special day for you. You won’t regret it!”

 


HI FOCUSED CINEMATOGRAPHY / HIGHLIGHT REEL 2015

HI FOCUSED CINEMATOGRAPHY / HIGHLIGHT REEL 2015
award winning cinematography by HI Focused.
http://www.HIFOCUSED.com