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!
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
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!
I’m excited to announce that my Drone Maui Film has been
accepted into the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival!
It’s a mile stone in my career and an honor to have my film on the big screen.
It will be showing at the Regal Cinemas L.A.
Here is the film
Making this film really made me appreciate all the beauty Maui has.
I think it’s humbling to the see world we live in from the drone’s bird’s eye view.
It gives life a bigger perspective and a greater appreciation
for this amazing place we are fortunate enough to call home.
Aerial Cinematography: http://www.HIFOCUSED.com
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
award winning cinematography by HI Focused.