Doing drone videography Vancouver with a bang

Drone videography is starting to make waves in Vancouver

Drone videography production in Vancouver has been a major point of both controversy and excitement for all our clients. Up until last year, there was a major gray area with drone flying in urban areas and other municipalities in Vancouver.


Drone Video Reel from Red+Ripley on Vimeo.

Being a production company specializing in drone videography Vancouver has us dealing with proposals including drone filming and applying for drone filming in some urban areas in Vancouver. And it is easy for a filmmaker to get excited with all the beautiful, cinematic and exciting drone cinematography shots he can create. Even the actual process of flying has me in goosebumps.

I thought drone flying was going to be easy so our first purchase was a $3,000 Phantom Pro. It lasted for about two months before being slammed aggressively into a treetop and plunged into a ravine where it was rescued and rushed to a drone video production repair facility (there happens to be two or three of these in Vancouver).

After repairing the drone, we wanted to upgrade so we purchased the new DJI Mavic Pro 2, which wasn’t our last.

When performing drone videography Vancouver or in a downtown urban area, we often encounter magnetic interference. This has caused the complete loss of our second drone. We were left with a controller, a few batteries and a hard case which didn’t help the production budget. Thankfully, we back-up regularly so we avoided any media loss.

This made me realize one of the greatest mistakes of drone videography Vancouver: overuse.

The Exciting Dynamics of Drone Filming

A couple of our favorite moves in order to come up with beautiful drone videography Vancouver production shots:

— Rotational Parallax shot, where the camera is centered on an object and slowly rotates around the outside causing the background to Parallax left to right.

— A large speedy rise from the ground all the way to the clouds with the camera centered on the hero object.

— Starting from very far back, a long slow push in towards the hero object while framing it up in a centered way (this looks particularly good when using a speed ramp in post-production).

— General rotational shots or tracking shots where you follow a moving object, person or even rush-up on any object of interest.

— It is common to place your most cinematic and impressive drone videography Vancouver shot at the front of the video as an establishing shot to introduce the viewer to the beauty or interest of your subject. But I don’t really recommend over-using these shots though.

I still remember the excitement and fear flowing through my veins as my heart beat out of my chest. I was doing a rotational Parallax shot of downtown Lions Gate Bridge as my client had secured us as a drone video production company.

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The importance of a good subject matter

Generally, people don’t care too much about the beauty and scenery other than to establish a subject matter.


Drone Aerial Cinematography Reel 2014 from Red+Ripley on Vimeo.

Once that subject matter is established, cutting back to a drone shot can motivate a pause or break in the flow before coming back to your interview, voice-over or content. This approach can lighten the flow, add space and allow a digestible quality to your piece.

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Viability of Aerial Drone Videography in Vancouver

Drone videography Vancouver often requires a permit, especially if there is any disruption or possible danger associated with the aerial shots.


2018 Drone Reel Vimeo – Car Tracking Reel from Red+Ripley on Vimeo.

What was once only possible with powerful Panaflex camera gimbals and Arri Digital Cinematography setups worth hundreds of thousands of dollars can now be done using pocket-sized cameras that are easily accessible for under $1,000. And with the size of most drone filming equipment, a smaller drone may just blend into a scenic backdrop, even gaining beautiful 4K shots while still being able to fit into your pocket after over 30 minutes of flying.

We’ve been working with drones for many years now and have loved the process of shooting. It’s incredible what you can capture in just a matter of five or 10 minutes with a good drone videography kit.

Our company has been making awesome videos for some brands and agencies for over 10 years now. We have completed over 1,000 productions and we call ourselves a drone video production company but we do commercial videos and are somewhat of a video agency.

Work with the best drone video production company in Vancouver like Red+Ripley

When you work with us, you work with an executive producer and some of our primary focus is on research and strategy. Each project starts with an engaging Discovery session where we help build out some of those desirable outcomes and work with you in a one-on-one partnership.


2018 Drone Reel Vimeo from Red+Ripley on Vimeo

Our production process starts with research before we move into developing your concept, script, and boards before we build out your pre-production plan and acquire all great footages before jumping into editorial and any post-production effects.

Some of the fancy stuff we do is to guarantee timeline accuracy and work to design your budget so it hits your financial outcomes.

We also provide unlimited revisions on projects so you can collaborate with us and provide as much feedback as you deem necessary.

We pride ourselves on fast timelines, the best tools and polished videos with the goal of impressing your audience and creating something you are excited to share!

Whether you are doing drone filming or capturing commercial drone cinematography, we can help you. Not to boast, but we are one of the best drone videography Vancouver companies and we’ve been doing this for over 18 years. Send us an email today to discuss your project. We would be glad to help you out.

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About the Author

Colter Ripley is the Executive Producer for Red+Ripley and a Video Producer.

We’ve been producing videos for over 18 years after winning film festivals nearly two decades ago.

Colter is certified in digital film with a specialization in cinematography. In addition, he has a multimedia diploma and handles project management and is a certified business coach.

His main focus is on collaborative and custom video production which guarantees lots of customer service and a final product that clients are excited to share!

If you’re looking at working with a great producer for animated explainer video production, definitely give us a call or fire us an email. We’ve been doing this for so many years so it’s pretty easy to quickly help.

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