Aerial Cinematography


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


Hawaii, Maui Professional Wedding Videographer

When I was asked to describe the one thing I loved most about Apryl & Rob’s wedding, I would say it was the beautiful, natural backdrop that only a wedding in Maui, Hawaii could provide. There were other things that were amazing, but the setting was without doubt the most memorable.

I’m sure they’d agree that the wisest thing they did regarding their wedding was to hire a real, professional videographer. This way they had someone they could trust to take all of their special memories and capture them in a video that they would cherish for the rest of their lives.
It was their wedding coordinator who gave them the idea. She explained all of the benefits of having a professional to take care of recording their special occasion, rather than relying on a friend or some unskilled amateur. She was also able to provide them contact information for one of the most experienced videographers in their area.

So as you begin making plans for your marriage ceremony, be certain to ask your wedding coordinator for suggestions on hiring a videographer. A true professional will have made videos of hundreds of weddings. He will also have the best equipment available. Because of his state-of-the-art camera and accessories, you can be guaranteed to get the best quality video production of your wedding you could ever imagine.

Of course, experience isn’t just about how to operate a camera. A talented operator also knows how to achieve the best images with the proper amount of lighting, the correct angle, and working with the client.

Perhaps some of the most interesting scenes you’ll want to share with friends and family involve the reception. It can include your first dance as a married couple, the cutting of the wedding cake (and all the fun that goes into feeding a slice of it to each other), and the throwing of the bouquet to a waiting group of bridemaids.

These are memories that you will want to share with each other for years to come. So when you’re making the preparations for your special day, be sure to include hiring a skilled, professional videographer. It will be one of the smartest choices you can make.

But don’t wait until the week before the wedding! Be sure to make arrangements with your videographer well in advance. Their schedules fill up quickly, and you don’t want to be disappointed by having to settle for second best. Put it at the top of your ‘to-do’ list. You’ll be glad you did!

Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.HIFOCUSED.com


Big Island Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel Wedding Film

This beautiful wedding takes place in Big Island, Hawaii, surrounded by elegance and beauty. It is so touching to watch this couple, and I am so excited to have taken care of their special day!

Rina and Ervin had their gorgeous wedding in Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, and it is a truly special view! Rina is wearing a stunning gown and the groom is handsome. Feel the love in our video commemorating their special day!

Congratulations Rina and Ervin! Their beautiful wedding takes place in Big Island Hawaii, and what a sight to see!

Hi Focused is dedicated to bringing their clients the best wedding video to remember their special day. Watch as Rina & Ervin exchange their vows in the beautiful Big Island, Hawaii. Thanks for letting us spend your day with you and congratulations from us!

Watch the love in Rina’s eyes as she drifts toward her groom, Ervin. Exchanging vows at the beautiful Big Island, Hawaii, our crew is able to share the wonderful moment with this couple, and what a wonderful union! We hope your lives are great together, and congratulations!

Happy days to come for Rina and Ervin! This beautiful union takes places in Big Island, Hawaii, with their reception taking place at Big Island, Hawaii. This ceremony is absolutely stunning, and wish you both happy years together!

This video is such a fun shoot for us here at Hi Focued. Rina and Ervin look stunning on the aisle at their Big Island, Hawaii wedding! Such a fun wedding to shoot, congrats from us to the happy couple!

Watch the stunning Rina walk down the aisle towards Ervin. Such a beautiful Big Island, Hawaii wedding, this couple truly loves one another. Such a gorgeous ceremony like this deserve a big congratulations from our studio!

The future is looking bright for newly-wed couple, Rina and Ervin! This gorgeous video showcases all the love they feel for one another at their Big Island, Hawaii wedding. Best wishes from everyone at Hi Focused!

Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.HIFOCUSED.com

Here’s the couple’s amazing 5 star review of us too!
Having HI Focused Cinematography capture our wedding day was one of the best wedding decisions we made! Please do yourself a favor, and don’t look any further. Their work alone speaks for itself. I went through over 10+ videographers on the Big Island, and none of them offered what we wanted. Being a videographer myself in real estate, I had extremely high expectations. I finally came across HIFocused and NEEDED to have them capture our wedding. Though Jordan and the team are based in Maui, they flew down to the Big Island to join us on our special day. I’ll be honest… this was a huge investment for us, but it was the best investment we ever made! Their work is AMAZING!!! Our trailer and feature film blew us away! So STUNNING! We can’t and won’t stop re-playing them. We are saving to watch our extended documentary for our first anniversary. Jordan is VERY professional and talented. He is very responsive to your texts/emails/concerns. He and the team have so much creativity and passion. Jordan takes his craft very seriously, but they definitely made us feel comfortable during our wedding day. Even after the wedding, we had so many editing requests, and Jordan accommodated EVERY request we made and delivered our films earlier than expected. To have such a beautifully crafted film to look back on for years and to share with our family is truly priceless. Their work is ART. And to mention, we have all the raw footage they captured. Very few creatives give away raw footage to their clients. This just attests to how good Jordan and the team are. They exceeded our expectations. Please… if you are looking for high-quality, cinematic, inspiring video work produced by a highly-professional and passionate team, let HIFocused capture your wedding day. HI Focused Cinematography will certainly deliver!


Alaska Drone Film 4K / HI FOCUSED Cinematography

Alaska Drone Film 4K / HI FOCUSED Cinematography
Featuring footage from Juneau, Anchorage and Ketchikan,
it was a family vacation so I didn’t want to spend a ton of time droning
and my drone was giving me issues.  Despite the GPS and battery errors I still
took it the furthest I ever have almost a mile and a half away to fly it over the Mendenhall Glacier.
It was really risky taking it that far with the issues it’s been having
but it made it back safe and the footage was well worth the risk!
Sit back and enjoy

Cinematography by http://www.hifocused.com


Maui Merriman’s Kapalua Wedding Film

Maui Merriman’s Kapalua Wedding Film / Eva & Alex
I love this wedding location! It’s beautiful!  On top of that, Eva & Alex went all out with their décor.
They had an elegant design with lots of gorgeous flowers every where.
Congratulations Eva and Alex your wedding day was amazing!!!
Thank you for having us be a part of it!
Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.HIFOCUSED.com


Wedding Film / Olowalu Plantation House

Tami & Jordan Wedding Film / Olowalu Plantation House
A beautiful Maui wedding at one of my favorite wedding venues on Maui.
Congratulations to the bride and groom for having us capture their epic wedding day!
Maui wedding videography: http://www.HIFOCUSED.com

Here’s their amazing 5 star review of us 🙂
After watching tons of wedding videos from different videographers on Maui, we knew we wanted HI Focused to capture our big day. We booked them through our wedding planner, but Jordan reached out to us to provide tips and to make sure he understood what we wanted out of our films. We absolutely loved the drone shots they had done for other weddings, so that was our only major request….and they certainly delivered!! Jordan was so easy to work with and we were super impressed that he finished our films (trailer and short film) way earlier than expected. When we watched the films, we were so overcome by all of the happy emotions that it brought back for us. From the heartfelt music to the breathtaking drone shots to the way he told the story of our special day…everything was just perfection!! A few of our family members and friends commented that they didn’t even realize that Jordan and his team captured so much footage because they were never in the way and never in anyone’s face with a camera. Whoever said that you don’t need a videographer because “you’ll never watch your wedding video more than once” clearly didn’t have their wedding day covered by HI Focused! We’re so in love with our films and will treasure them for the rest of our lives.


Macy & RH / Maui Wedding Feature Film / Hyatt Kaanapali

Macy & RH / Maui Wedding Films / Hyatt Kaanapali
Congratulations Macy & RH on your amazing wedding day!
They had their wedding ceremony and reception at the gorgeous Hyatt in Kaanapali Maui.
This was an intimate wedding day with their closest family and friends.  You can
really feel like love that these two share not only with each other but with all their guests and family.
A big mahalo to Macy & RH for having us be your Maui wedding videographers!
http://www.HIFOCUSED.com

Here’s their amazing 5 star review of us 🙂
HI Focused Cinematography was my first choice for a videographer even before I knew they were an option. I did a google search for videographers in Maui, HI and upon finding their website and viewing more than half of their highlight films, I decided that I really wanted to try to get them for my wedding day. When my venue sent me a list of preferred vendors and HI Focused was on it, I was ecstatic. Everything they did was amazing, from their professionalism to their talent and creativity for capturing the most beautiful parts of my wedding day, I was in awe of their final product. I even happened to view a friend’s hour-long wedding video, and mine from HI Focused was leaps and bounds better and more well put-together. I would use Jordan and his team again in a heartbeat. I am sooooooo glad I chose them to capture the most important day of my life.



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