I've always wanted to go to Mars, but it's pretty far. So, armed with a drone and a space helmet from eBay, I took to the rocky deserts of Southern Utah. Sparse vistas that go on in every direction. Terrain formed over hundreds of millions of years. At golden hour, these landscapes take on an otherworldly vibe. The result — THE VISITOR. A short, experimental film about a lone astronaut (played by me) on a strange planet. The Mavic Air's "active track" feature meant that I could perform on screen, pilot the drone, and compose the shot at the same time. This sequence is an experiment in creating something in the science fiction aesthetic, and a possible a proof-of-concept of a larger story.
You can read more and see some behind-the-scenes at my blog here:
Audio from NASA's Public Domain archives. Soundtrack: Titan Slayer.
Captured with the Mavic Air. #DJIcreator
Director Pete Majarich
Astronaut: Pete Majarich
Cinematographer: Mavic Air