1. LATEST VIDEO: Los Angeles Nights - vimeo.com/243541979

    Above the grit and noise of the street, downtown Los Angeles quietly provides some of the most amazing visual detail in its buildings and public art works. This is a selection of those buildings and public arts filmed across some 50 different locations in the immediate downtown area and the arts district. There are many many more locations that are not included and are equally if not more impressive.

    Some of the buildings are in disrepair, some have been restored to their full glory while others have been transformed into artworks. In all of them, there is character, color and detail that makes the area a never-ending source of intrigue.

    Music by Chassol - Odissi, Pt. II (Emotif) [Yuksek Remix]
    beatport.com/track/odissi-pt-ii-emotif-yuksek-remix/4903089
    itunes.apple.com/us/album/ultrascores/id739702794
    Used with permission. Copyright Chassol / Tricatel.

    A mostly accurate map of the locations: http://goo.gl/W3Z6NS

    For queries about usage / licensing, commissioned shoots and on set aerial filming, please contact Silly Goose Media, sillygoosemedia.com, 310-776-5266, info@sillygoo.se.

    All content is copyright of its respective copyright holders. Video and natural sound copyright Ian Wood, 2014. This video may only be embedded using the Vimeo player in its entirety, unaltered with accreditation. No portion of this video may be duplicated, altered, reused and/or unaccredited without explicit permission.

    A note about aerial filming, safety and best practices. These shots were obtained with a lightweight remote controlled quad-copter and camera system. The following measures were in place during the filming:

    - Following all applicable FAA regulations (the ones that actually exist).
    - Avoiding controlled airspace and TFR restricted airspace.
    - Staying below 400ft AGL.
    - Avoiding any and all air traffic, airways, airports, etc.
    - Maintaining awareness for helicopter traffic and proximity to helipads.
    - Flying just above or along rooflines to stay out of usable airspace for helicopters.
    - Maintaining visual LOS to the quad-copter at all times.
    - Shooting mostly during early morning when possible to avoid crowds and traffic.
    - Not directly overflying groups of people.
    - Being sure to have direct ability to alert any people nearby in case of potential incident.
    - Being prepared to ditch in order to prevent injury or accident.
    - Maintaining a minimum height of 100ft above any private property.
    - Deleting any shots inadvertently revealing private activities or people in a place of privacy.

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  2. LATEST VIDEO: Los Angeles Nights - vimeo.com/243541979

    This is the city-wide follow up to my aerial exploration of downtown Los Angeles from last year (vimeo.com/101231747). And much like with downtown, I continue to be awe struck by how much of this vast city I have partially or completely overlooked before undertaking this video. And like most voyages of discovery, I've realize there’s so much more to find.

    Packing it all into one short-form video has been nigh impossible and much didn’t make it for safety, privacy or simply because I couldn't make it 30 minutes long! Notably missing are: LAX Theme Building, both Gettys, some Lautner homes, numerous beautiful buildings, the Gabba gallery, many murals that vanished before I got to them, and much of downtown featured in last year’s video.

    A map of the locations is here: https://goo.gl/f4fq3U

    The music is BLu ACiD’s electro-blues adaptation of “If You Ain’t Never Had The Blues” by Boo Boo Davis and is used with permission. I felt it fitting to a city of eclectic styles and influences, equal parts refined and rough edges. The version used here is my own extended edit. Download the original song here: itunes.apple.com/us/album/if-you-aint-never-had-the-blues/id1006196698?i=1006197030

    For queries about usage / licensing, commissioned shoots and on set aerial filming, please contact Silly Goose Media, sillygoosemedia.com, 310-776-5266, info@sillygoo.se.

    All content is copyright of its respective copyright holders. Video content copyright Ian Wood, 2015. This video may only be embedded using the Vimeo player in its entirety, unaltered with accreditation. No portion of this video may be duplicated, altered, reused and/or unaccredited without explicit permission.

    Droning For Good
    With all the controversy about drones, it’s important to remember that they can be (and often are) used responsibly. As with many emerging technologies, the laws struggle to keep up and we must employ a common sense approach to their use that is respectful to community, safety and the law.

    My Drone Protocol
    - Avoid busy periods, rush hours, special events, etc.
    - Avoid sensitive areas or anything that can be misconstrued without prior permission.
    - Avoid crowds. Small groups only from the periphery with ground spotters and two-way radios.
    - No flights near airports, TFR areas and restricted airspace (FAA class B, C, D).
    - Be prepared for local air traffic below 400ft including awareness of helipad locations.
    - Operate at or below roof lines to assure separation from air traffic.
    - Avoid “loitering" next to residential homes and apts.
    - Respect residential areas for quiet and right to privacy.
    - Eliminate any material that inadvertently reveals someone in a place of privacy.

    # vimeo.com/136228343 Uploaded 780K Plays 179 Comments

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