We were tasked in flying our drone inside the Excel exhibition halls to capture the vast size of the Adobe Summit auditorium and the stunning cube lights that were hanging down from the ceiling in the other halls. Our client wanted to capture a fly through that could only be achieved with a drone due to the distance that needed to be covered.
We wanted to show off the size of the auditorium and the huge stage that was erected at the front, that was dwarfed by the large AV display that spanned the full length of the stage. In addition to this we were looking to fly from the seating area that was at a level above the ground seating. In the second halls it was to illustrate the interactive wall and its interactivity. When the wall detected movement was it would set of a chain reaction and throw colours up to the cube lights above it and then cause the cube lights to change colour as it moved through the halls.
How we achieved it
We started in the main auditorium and had ensured that there were no public present that gave as a free reign to fly where we wanted. We flew the drone to one wall using the on-board camera as a way to ensure we did not get too close to the wall to position the drone for the start of the pan. Once hovering in position, the pilot flew the drone backwards whilst the camera operator took over the cameras controls and framed and panned the shot.
We also flew the drone up high above the upper seating level, down through the structure to the lower level seating whilst banking right towards the far wall. All the time the camera operator farming and panning the main stage.
For the cube light installation, we worked closely with an actor to start the chain reaction of the video wall. We hovered the drone slightly up and back from the wall. The pilot flew a test run first to orientate and take in the flight path that was best suited from the wall to the lower hall. Once confident with the path we flew a number if runs. The camera operator panning slowly and framing the cube installation as the lights changed.
We filmed in 4k, 25 fps and took all ND filters of the drone to allow as much light as possible in. Further more the camera operator adjusted the cameras settings to ensure the right amount of light was captured by the camera.
Challenges and how we overcame them
The main challenge was perception of depth as even though the halls were huge it was easy to become disorientated and not knowing how close you were to walls, ceilings, exhibition stands and overhanging lights. The key here was to plan, plan and plan and never rush. There were a lot of obstacles that could have caused an accident but taking our time and flying the drone at a slow, controllable speed was paramount in getting the footage we were after.
Aerial Video of Our Drone Filming Adobe Summit Event
Aerial Filming of Interior of Excel Centre
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