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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


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


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.


Epic Hana Wedding Film

Epic Hana Wedding Film / Antoinette & Kamille / HI FOCUSED
This is one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve had the privilege to shoot.
The gorgeous couple, amazing lighting and magical location all came together
for this magical wedding film.
It was a real pleasure to shoot this same sex wedding elopement.
Congratulations to our run away brides!
Maui Wedding Cinematography: http://www.hifocused.com
Maui Wedding Photography:  http://kauaweddingphotography.com
Maui Wedding Planning: http://www.hanaweddingco.com
Maui Wedding Hotel: http://travaasa.com/hana
Floral Design: http://www.halatropicalflowers.com
Make Up Artist: http://www.apamperedbridemaui.com

Here’s their rave 5 star review of us!
“Jordan and his team did a tremendous job on our dream wedding at Magical Hana. Knowing the time limitation, logistics and the weather (Tropical Storm Guillermo was scheduled to hit Maui on our wedding day) is already challenging. The quality of his work, attention to every detail and responsiveness to our needs is just amazing. I loved the drone shots! We wanted something that would best document this special moment and place in our lives. Jordan and Hi focused Cinematography did just that.”