All operations were done legally, Part 107 Certified Pilot. All shots were done no later than 15 mins past sunset. Always flying over the water and taking off from a private pier. Never flying over actual NYC
Best Cinematography Film - Drone Film Festival Australia + New Zealand presented by SanDisk 2017.
This short base-jumping and extreme sport film titled Acrophobia - I’m afraid of heights is directed by Philippe Woodtli & WOOProductions.
Acrophobia is about a BASE jumper that is afraid of heights. He has to overcome his deepest fear before every single jump. When it comes to BASE jumping and wing-suit flying, most people think about videos of daredevils risking their lives. Most actual BASE jumpers however see it differently.
They are not crazy. For them, responsibility and safety is the most important thing. They do jump because of that one moment, where the whole world around them fades into irrelevance, but a conscientious approach and a meticulous preparation is the central focus of each jump.
This attitude peaks in the story of Martijn Maas. He’s been skydiving since 1997 and started BASE jumping some years later and since 2010 he’s competing successfully in the world WS series. And yet, Martijn is afraid of heights.
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Los Angeles at night is a panoply of old and new buildings and signs lit up in a stationary parade each vying for your attention. This is my attempt at celebrating and preserving what glows, blinks, shines in this city between dusk and dawn. Like previous works, I discovered much of what is in this video in the process of making it. Everything was always there in the places I had been many times before but I was too busy to notice. It’s amazing what you find when stop and look!
Their modern disco sound fits perfectly with a city that is equal parts brave new world, nostalgia, and aging persistence. Unrelentingly energetic, it fuses the sound of an electronic future with iconic disco rhythms and beats. The track is originally a vinyl issue but you can pick it up on bandcamp at the link above.
A now the obligatory word on drones and safety! It takes a lot of effort to fly drones in the city safely. Planning, scouting, coordination, unique equipment, part 41 and 107 pilots, visual observers, PAs, etc. Critical to this is minding LA’s busy airways by staying out of controlled airspace (except where specifically authorized), staying clear of helicopters and monitoring FAA frequencies. For the safety of those below, much effort is made to keep the shot lively while avoiding crowds, events, flying over people, motorcycles and open vehicles, staying out of drivers’ eyelines, etc. And ultimately, safety is about realizing that some of the shots just can’t be done and will stay in my imagination instead of being in this video.
Thanks to those who came out to assist late at night or way too early in the morning. Thanks to LAPD, LAPD Air Support for being cool about everything.
NOTE: Any brand names depicted in the video are not an endorsement of their product. If it's in the video, it's because I believe the sign has an aesthetic and iconic value that transcends the branding associated with it. But I am not gonna lie; I do like me a little Patron every once in a while!