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This 10-Minute Short Film Was Shot in One Take with a Drone

Paul Trillo’s short 10-minute film “At the End of the Cul-de-Sac” was shot in one continuous take using a DJI Inspire 1 and its X5 camera. The film centers around a man having a public breakdown in the middle of a suburban cul-de-sac where the neighbors are quick to weigh in.

In the below making-of video from drone production company Aerobo, Trillo explains how the shoot went from animatics to rehearsals to live-action and how they figured out workarounds for shooting a dialogue-based piece with a drone.

“It is the first dialogue-based film shot entirely on a drone,” said Trillo. “Adding to that technical achievement, we shot it in single ten-minute take, with no cuts. A ten-minute take is hard to execute even with traditional filmmaking equipment and using a drone added even more complexities.

“I wanted to tell a story first,” he adds. “We pushed drone technology to help tell that story, not the other way around. It was amazing to see how well the drone operators were able to follow the 3D animatic I created with Cinema 4D.”

Watch the making-of and the final film below.

“At The End Of The Cul-de-Sac” short film by Paul Trillo from Paul Trillo on Vimeo.