Shot entirely on the Inspire 2Â by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Morandi (best known for his work on The LIfeÂ of Pi), the 11-minute short (produced by Dana Brunetti) stars Ryan Phillippe and Stranger Thingsâ Noah Schnapp as an artistic father and son making ends meet in the Great Depression.
While Phillippe and Schnapp add cachÃ©, itâs the Inspire 2 thatâs the real star of the production.
DronesÂ are quickly becoming widely embraced in cinematography as a tool for tracking shots, and breathtaking panoramas (the strength of the GoPro was based on its ability to go where normal cameras hadnât gone before), but the new short shows off how the upgrades to the Inspire 2 can help moviemakers.
From close-ups like the one below (shot of an actor in a moving car):
to detailed camerawork:
to tight interior shots:
the short film demonstrates how Inspireâs new hardware canâ¦ wellâ¦ inspire.
As my esteemed and inestimable colleague, Brian Heater, wrote:
The big upgrade here, however is the addition of a second FPV camera, so the pilot can watch where theyâre going while a second operator takes control of the on-board camera to get shots. The forward-facing camera shows the fight path, footage separate from whatâs grabbed via the Zenmuse gimbal.
The precision and control that cinematographers now have at their fingertips should open up new opportunities for filmmakers. Itâll be great to watch what they come up with.