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Editor’s View: Taking Flight

We’re only just starting to see what’s possible for video professionals using unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and the opportunities are already amazing.

“We live in exciting times,” says Scott Strimple, a pilot, cinematographer and producer for CinemaVisuals, a company specializing in low-altitude cinematography and photography. “We’re witnessing the birth of the civilian small unmanned aircraft industry. The attraction is the camera’s unrestricted freedom of movement, giving just about any visual artist the ability to provide a fresh perspective—an ability previously reserved for high-budgeted Hollywood projects. As artists, storytellers and filmmakers, we are always excited about new ways to communicate with our audience.”

With that in mind, I’d like to let you know the dates for our 2016 National Drone Show, a conference and expo about UAS video production. Held Dec. 7-8 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., the National Drone Show brings thousands of video professionals together for two days of cutting-edge discussions and demos of the latest UAS solutions. We’ll have a drone flying cage, screenings of our D.C. Drone Fest entries, free-to-attend sessions on the exhibit floor covering the latest drone technologies and regulatory topics, and in-depth training sessions for UAV users.

The show is the only such event that brings together an audience of thousands of video professionals from the Washington, D.C., region’s government, military, law enforcement, enterprise, broadcast, cable, production and postproduction communities. Invited exhibitors include drone manufacturers, drone accessory equipment companies, and drone software and service providers.

Michael Chambliss, who is the International Cinematographers Guild’s technologist/business representative, echoes the importance of being able to provide new, exciting visuals: “With drones, we can now capture spontaneous and physically independent handheld type work from a couple feet off the ground to 400 feet in the air with minimal environmental disturbance. It opens up possibilities for entirely new kinds of shots that go through, under and over things with an unprecedented freedom of motion.”

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