Drones Transforming the Canadian Film Industry


Today, the power of drones to transform long-established ways of conducting business tantalizes many people involved in the Canadian motion picture industry. During former eras, film crews often required expensive equipment to obtain panoramic landscape footage. A producer might rent a helicopter or a crane in order to obtain an aerial perspective, for instance. Yet currently, the ingenuity of drones Canada offers skillful filmmakers a new shortcut for gaining unique, interesting overhead perspectives.

Canada’s Natural Beauty

Canada’s wilderness offers excellent material for innovative filmography. During the past three decades, for example, the pristine Vancouver area welcomed television and film production crews. Television series as diverse as MacGyver and Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction spent time working in the Canadian Pacific Northwest. The creators of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013), I, Robot (2004) and the X-Men movie franchise offerings, and many others, also selected sites in British Columbia. Lovely green woodlands, clear waters and majestic mountains contribute to the photographic appeal of the region.

The stunning natural features of Canada still hold appeal for a new, innovative generation of production companies using drones. Indeed, the ability to capture broad vistas and dynamic landscapes very inexpensively using new technology promises to democratize the movie making industry further in the near future. Now a few dedicated filmmakers equipped with drones and small, highly specialized digital cameras, enjoy the power to film in formerly inaccessible locations. Drone use will likely improve the safety of aerial filming. Camera angles that once required the expertise of a number of professionals have become fertile territory for ingenious independent filmmakers and their staff.

New Technology

Although the use of flying drone-based cameras has not gained widespread adoption by large commercial film production companies at this time, the technology promises to rapidly gain adherents among filmmakers in the near future. Some motion pictures containing drone footage include:

  • Skyfall (2012)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street(2013)
  • The Expendables 3 (2014)
  • Pompeii(2014)

Reportedly, Director Luis Aviles this year plans to film a movie entirely with the use of this new technology.Final Minute will offer audiences a crime mystery set in Ecuador. It seems likely that many Canadian movie producers will follow his example and rely more extensively on drone-assisted aerial photography in the future.

Technological advances often prove disruptive. Innovations change established ways of accomplishing business objectives. The movie industry in Canada will likely witness some changes as a result of the rapidly growing popularity of remote controlled aerial vehicles today.


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