Frequent Aerial Filming & Photography Questions
If you have a question that we haven't covered on here feel free to send us a question and we'll add it to the list.
What Does Aerosthetics Do?
Aerosthetics provides high end aerial video and photography services using remote controlled drones and ground platforms including customized remote controlled cars.
Why Use You Guys?
We believe that our work speaks for itself but with the flood of new aerial service companies into the market we set ourselves apart by our Three R's: Reliability, Redundancy and Really Cool. Our drones are designed to accommodate the unique pressures of being on a film set. Because of our experience and attention to detail you can be sure that we'll be able to deploy quickly and reliably. We also have redundancy built into everything we bring on set to ensure that the worst that happens is moving to our backup plan, not yours.
We also understand the importance of showing the sizzle to your clients. Our aerial video ground station is tailored specifically to work with agencies that need to see how incredible the aerial footage is turning out, live and in full HD. Also - we are very, very serious about safety.
How Many People Are On Your Team?
A typical aerial film shoot will require three people: A pilot, a camera operator and a forward observer/tech. When the drone is in the air all communication from the Director or Director of Photography is relayed through the camera operator to the pilot and observer to ensure that the dance between the aircraft and the camera is choreographed safely and precisely. The observer helps to coordinate points of reference and timing and aids in battery changes and pre/post flight checks.
A team of two is not ideal but for certain gigs it is doable.
What Cameras Do You Support?
Our aerial drones can support cameras that range from RED Dragons with Arri Ultra Primes to smaller packages like the Black Magic Pocket Camera. Flight time is reduced for larger camera packages; a good rule of thumb is 6-8 minutes for a fully loaded RED camera compared to 15-18 minutes for a Panasonic GH4.
Officially recommended cameras include:
- RED Epic / Dragon / Scarlet
- Canon C100 / C300 / C500
- Canon 5Dm3 / 5Dm2 / 1DC
- Phantom Miro
- Sony FS700
- Black Magic Cinema Camera / 4K / Pocket Camera
- Panasonic GH3 / GH4
If you don't see a camera on the list it doesn't mean that it's not possible to fly. Just let us know what you're interested in and we'll try it out.
If you're planning on using a Panasonic GH4 on your project we've got you covered - it's already included as part of our aerial film package!
Are You Insured?
We are insured. Typically we will request to use the production company's insurance but we also can extend our policy for an additional fee.
How Does Aerial FIlming Work?
Prior to shooting we will prep the camera package, gimbal and drone to minimize the setup time on set.
At the beginning of each shooting day or prior to our flight we will invite all essential cast and crew for a brief safety and procedure meeting. This is mandatory.
Deployment and pre-flight check of our ground station and octocopter take less than 15 minutes.
Our pilot flies the drone and our camera operator has completely independent 360 degree control of the camera allowing precisely choreographed cinematic shots.
The camera feed is sent wirelessly to our ground station in full 1080p in realtime. All notes are relayed from the Director to our camera operator who then coordinates the shot with the pilot and observer.
How Safe Is Aerial Cinematography?
Safety is our number one priority on set.
Our equipment is regularly tested and maintained and is always thoroughly prepped and checked prior to any production.
On set we are constantly making sure that everyone understands the expectations for the shot at hand. We will never put anyone in a situation that could do them harm no matter how cool the shot would be.
If a safety issue arrises on set we guarantee that we can find a comprise to get an amazing shot without risking injury.
Is Aerial Footage Smooth?
Aerosthetics uses the best in class Freefly Movi 3-axis camera gimbal ensuring that the footage is stabile. The vast majority of the footage doesn't require any post stabilization at all and the few shots that do are generally caused by excessive wind.
What Happens If The Drone Doesn't Fly?
We have never had an incident where we have failed to get a shot due to an equipment malfunction (or for any other reason than inclement weather). That said there is always a chance that something could go wrong and ground one of our drones. Because of this we have fully redundant systems ready to fly with a minimal deployment time. We understand how important it is to get the shot.
Are There Any Limitations To Drone Video?
There are a few primary limitations with using drones. During flight the pilot must always maintain line of sight with the aircraft and the drone must stay below 400 feet. For safety reasons we recommend staying at least 15 feet away from actors.
Is Travel Possible With Drones?
Although we are based in Dallas, TX we frequently travel all over the world filming with our drones. Travel does require a certain amount of pre-planning but we've become experts in getting our gear in and out of different countries. All of our gear is packed in protective flight cases and optimized for domestic and international travel. Please note that any flights are subject to local laws and regulations so we will make sure to let you know if your location has any specific requirements.
What Are You Aerial Video Prices?
Our drone video prices vary depending on several key factors including camera package required and the unique requirements of the job.