Once you have mastered the basic safety and flying techniques many get stuck or run out of ideas then the drone sits on the shelf... (Sound familiar?)
The thing to work on most is planning your shots to get that cinematic look.
Developing a system for flying your drone and nailing shots that look the most dramatic.
Imagine discovering a simple formula for getting signature shots that you need when trying to cover an area or a story...?
Amazing shots that will amp up the production value of your video. (and impress your friends)
Discover how this 'no fluff' program could take your piloting up another level in just 2hrs.
Here's a Breakdown of The Full Training Program
Module 1- Mastering Spatial Awareness
In this first practical, we are going to test your depth perception at a distance from the drone and really show you how important it is to judge spatial awareness while you're looking at the drone and making sure you can see an obstacle in front of the drone.
Module 2 - Pro Controls - Learning the sticks
We want you to master the simplicity of using manual controls, rather than the point of interest function to understand how smooth micro movements with a sticks will make you a better pilot and give all of your movements a smoother, more cinematic look.
Module 3 - How to Easily Pull Off Cinematic Moves
If you want your audience to be gripped by your drone shots, then you want to hold their attention to the beginning right to the end, and to do this, you want to tell a story throughout the shot.
Module 4 - Camera settings for the best look
We are going to run through some of our top tips for what camera settings to use, and also give an overview of frame rates, frame sizes, and also file formats and picture profiles.
Module 5 - How to shoot epic landscapes
We're going to look at three types of our signature aerial landscape shots. In this section, we're going to talk you through what you need to consider and plan to make sure you succeed every time you do a landscape aerial shoot.
Then get outside with the drone and put some of the things you have learned in earlier modules into practice.
Module 6 - Bring buildings and static objects to life in motion
This module is all about finding creative and interesting ways to shoot architecture with your drone. So for the practical part of this architecture and buildings module, we're going to show you three different cinematic ways to shoot one building.
Module 7 - Tracking moving subjects consistently
In this module, we are going to look at the best and most cinematic ways to shoot a moving object like a car or a person. You'll see how tricky intelligent fight modes can be and how to nail these manually with ease.
Module 8 - Mastering a signature sunrise shot
In this module, we are going to show you how to shoot the perfect aerial sunrise shot. You'll learn the exact 'right time' to nail a sunrise and how go position yourself to get maximum impact.
Module 9 - How to fly breathtaking sunsets
In this module, we are going to get out in the Shropshire Hills and look at how to shoot the same subject three different ways. This will give you some ideas on how to give yourself some variety of shooting the same thing but looking at different cinematic views on the same subject.
Here's An example Module
In this training you'll discover why intelligent flight modes are not always a great option. Tom shows you how to master manual stick control in this easy to replicate method.
Module 10 - Post production secrets
Part 1 - Introducing Post production
In this module we are going to be diving into several different stages of the editing process using Final Cut Pro X.
Part 2- CODEC's and picture profiles.
In this first step, I will be going over the differences between h264 and h265 file codecs, and what this means for editing with them. I will also touch on the colour profiles of D-Log and HLG.
Part 3 - Importing footage and Organising Files.
In this stage, I will be explaining my process for how to arrange your file library, and keeping a structured system for categorising your clips in Final Cut Pro.
Part 4 - Colour Correcting
Using Final Cut Pro's Waveform Monitor and balancing exposure and colour.
Part 5 - Applying LUT's
Colour Grading using External LUT's, and applying an adjustable preset look to your shots.
Part 6 - Letterboxing.
How to apply the letterbox effect using 2:35 aspect ratio, and giving our film that cinematic look.
Part 7 - Music Choice.
This is such an important part of giving your footage emotional impact, and I will show you what music libraries we use, and how to maximise the emotion in our shots.
Part 8 - Adding Titles.
In this step I will show you how we add minimal elegant titles to shots, and what font, sizes, positioning, and kerning we use.
Part 9 - Export settings.
This is a quick overview of Final Cut Pros File export choice, and the biggest to lowest sizes available.
Part 10 - Getting consistent results
Finally here is a checklist of steps to ensure you have a system for post that will work for you every time.
Plus Get These 3 Bonus Trainings...
- Bonus #1 - 5 Top Tips to Get the Best from A Commercial Drone Shoot.
This E-book is a case study about a really big project Tom in London for a top tourism attraction working with 2 creative agencies at the same time, with big crew, a big cast.
This book is all of his personal experiences that he am passing on to other drone pilots about how to prepare for a big project, with a big client.
- Bonus #2 - Anatomy of the Shot 1 - Flounders Folley
Tom deconstructs one of his signature shots and explains exactly how you can replicate it for yourself
- Bonus #3 - Anatomy of the Shot 2 - Camera Tilt
In this sequence you will learn a simple but highly effective manoeuvre that will blow people away
The 3-Step Drone Filming System
#1 - Plan Each Shot
Tom maps out each shot demonstrating the pitfalls and the right way to nail the shot
#2 - Practice The Manoeuvre
Step by step we show you how to master each move until you can do it confidently
#3 - Review & Refine
There are checklists, PDF fields guides, audio, video and full transcriptions
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About Your Instructor
Tom Middleton is a BBC approved Drone Pilot and has over 15 years experience working in professional multimedia production.
Tom started his career working for Soho based Production companies, as well as running a short film distribution company.
Along with his wife Miche, they run Lush Films in the UK.
They help image conscious brands realise their long term marketing goals with beautiful and inspirational video content.