DJI has premiered a short film shot entirely by its new Inspire 2 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and X5R camera.
Filmed by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, The Circle stars Ryan Phillippe and Noah Schnapp. Miranda and Dana Brunetti, executive producer, used the Inspire 2 UAS and X5R for every shot in the film.
“Filmmaking has been tethered to the ground for so long. DJI’s technology is allowing filmmaking to be free,” Phillippe says. “The advantage is obvious on smaller projects when you can’t afford cranes and all of the technicians that come along with it – and you can still achieve the same beautiful shots as with the larger equipment.”
The Circle tells the story of an estranged father (Phillippe) who reunites with his young son (Schnapp) in Depression-era America after the sudden death of the boy’s mother. The two travel from town to town as the father makes a meager living for the both of them by sketching portraits for locals.
DJI unveiled the Inspire 2, along with the Phantom 4 Pro, yesterday.
“When you think of shooting a movie set in the Great Depression, you think of big Hollywood studio films, big cameras and massive crews,” says Sheldon Schwartz, director of the film. “What’s unique about this shoot is that we’re using new technology to push the limits of camera language and storytelling.”