Over the years I’ve been flying drones, I’ve had the opportunity to film some truly beautiful places and capture some amazing sights. Here are just a few of my favorite drone shots over the years, locations include: Maui, Oahu, Kauai, New Zealand, Idaho & Pennsylvania. Enjoy!
HI FOCUSED Capturing The Moment Showreel 2020 I’m in relentless search for the perfect shot, the perfect film, the perfect moment. My pursuit of capturing the world around me, has helped open my eyes and expanded my awareness to all of the moments all around us. I pause, soak it in and give thanks for this opportunity to share my efforts at preserving this incredible world we live in.
EPIC New Zealand Travel Film Join us for our trek across the North and South Islands of New Zealand. What an epic time we had seeing and adventuring through one of the world’s most gorgeous countries. Cinematically captured on the Go Pro Hero 7, GH5 and Mavic Pro 2. Thanks for watching our amazing adventure! #adventurefilm #newzealand #drone #gopro #Gh5 #travelfilm #newzealandtravelfilm #cinematic #4K
Drone New Zealand Travel Film in 4K Filmed on the North and South islands of New Zealand, showcasing the breathtaking views and diverse landscape of one of the world’s most beautiful countries. It’s been a pleasure to film, produce and present this stunning drone film.
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
Filmed in 4K on the Phantom 4 Pro https://amzn.to/2wNWAe9 This video and description contains affiliate links with Amazon.
Channasy & Adonis / Same Day Edit / HI FOCUSED Congratulations to our bride and groom on their amazing wedding day! This film was shown just after their love story film at their wedding reception. Here’s the link: http://hifocused.com/blog/channasy-adonis-love-story-hi-focused The same day edit is shot, edited and presented at their wedding reception that very same day!
Here’s what they had to say! 🙂 “Jordan and the crew captured every beautiful moment we had. Everything from the engagement shoot and all throughout the wedding day. Our relationship with Jordan was professional and at the same time very open. Jordan is very detail oriented, creative, and most importantly very passionate of his work. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else to capture your once in a lifetime moment other than HI FOCUSED Cinematography.”
Four Seasons Wailea / Patricia & John / Maui Wedding Film This gorgeous wedding was at the Four Seasons, Wailea Maui. Congrats to the bride and groom on their Maui wedding. Mahalo for having us be your Maui Wedding Cinematographers! Maui Wedding Film by http://www.hifocused.com