Drones in Cathedrals: An Interview with BigFly, “Architectur…

Joris Favraud and Guillaume Juin, of BigFly, gained the “architecture” class on the New York City Drone Film Festival this yr for the video featured above.

The video is a thoughts bending journey into the vaulted ceilings of the Saint Louis Cathedral in Paimboeuf, France, and presents the closest we’ve ever gotten to the attractive work and structure discovered inside cathedrals.

We needed to choose the administrators’ brains on how they pulled the video off, from getting the pictures to the work executed in post-production, and in addition hear about how they bought permission to shoot contained in the cathedral in the primary place.

Begin Interview:

UAV Coach: Your video takes one thing most of us have seen (the inside of a cathedral) and makes us have a look at in a very new method. Was that your authentic imaginative and prescient for the mission, or what was your creative purpose if you began taking pictures for the video?

Joris and Guillaume: The thought was to create a non-narrative film that might take us by an immersive discovery of the church. We needed one thing epic and dramatic. Also, since our drone can raise a digicam and gimbal ON the drone itself, which permits for filming upward at a low angle, we thought this was the perfect scenario to see what was potential with the versatile tools we had.

UAV Coach: What had been probably the most difficult elements of constructing this video?

Joris and Guillaume: Flying in the church! Our huge heavylifter octocopter is 1,67m extensive (that’s 5 and half ft!), and the church isn’t as huge as you may think about (the very extensive angle lens can allow you to suppose this can be a huge church, however…no). It was a really irritating expertise to fly in there.

We spent one hour to verify each element in the church that might endanger the drone, and to ensure there wouldn’t be an accident (there was one lengthy wire on the proper facet that we needed to navigate round, after cautious inspection).

UAV Coach: I imagine you stated you solely shot for at some point to create this video. Did you simply get a ton of uncooked footage so that you’d have numerous choices in post-production, or did you’ve gotten an in depth plan for the pictures you needed to get?

Joris and Guillaume: Indeed, we shot all of the footage in simply 2-Three hours (and in addition spent 2 hours making ready earlier than we shot).

We deliberate roughly 2/Three of the pictures forward of time, and the opposite 1/Three had been improvised pictures, which ended up fairly good.

UAV Coach: How tough was it to get permission to movie contained in the Saint Louis Church in Paimboeuf?

Joris and Guillaume: It took about 15 days. We needed to get permission from each the mayor (who was the proprietor of the area), and from the priest/church itself.  We made some cellphone calls, despatched two letters, and it was all organized.

UAV Coach: How did you first get entangled in aerial cinematography?

Joris and GuillaumeWe are each filmmakers, and had been filmmakers earlier than we began flying drones.

We noticed an enormous creative potential in these new applied sciences, so we embraced them and created our aerial manufacturing firm, BigFly.

Of course, we began small, simply flying a DJI Phantom, however after some time we determined we needed extra and we needed to supply extra to our shoppers.

Check out BigFly’s showreel to see the opposite sort of work Joris and Guillaume do

UAV Coach: What drone(s) do you fly, and what cameras do you employ?

Joris and Guillaume: For most tasks we use our huge heavylifter drone, which is a Gryphon Redback X8 1200mm. The digicam we used in the church was a Sony Alpha a7sII, with some completely different lenses. We additionally now have an Inspire 2 x5s.

UAV Coach:  What are your predictions for aerial cinematography, and the drone business in basic? Please be at liberty to reply at size (what you see method down the highway, what you see for subsequent yr, the place you see laws headed in the U.S. and overseas, new functions, and so forth.).

Joris and Guillaume: The drone business has moved so shortly these previous 5 years. When we see what we had been in a position to accomplish with this video with a crew of simply two folks, in half a day, that’s loopy. Ten years in the past, it might have been inconceivable to do one thing like what we did right here (otherwise you would have wanted an enormous crew, big equipment, cranes, and so forth). So we simply can’t think about what we’re going to see and do in one other ten years.

We usually suppose that we’ve attain the top of what we are able to do and wish with a drone, however we’re all the time stunned yearly by the brand new expertise that continues to return out.

As French regulated drone pilots, we really feel fairly stifled by drone regulation outdoors of France, and outdoors of Europe in basic. We simply can’t work in many international locations.

We hope that in the close to future, there can be at the very least some sort of world / European drone laws created to resolve the regulation challenge.


What’s higher than race vehicles? Race vehicles by drone! Check out this BigFly video, Motor Spirit.

Into climbing? How about mountain climbing? The drone pictures in this BigFly video of individuals climbing a frozen cliff face are wonderful, and in addition sort of terrifying to look at. This isn’t for the sunshine of coronary heart!

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Zacc Dukowitz

Zacc Dukowitz

Zacc Dukowitz is the Director of Marketing for UAV Coach. A author with skilled expertise in training expertise and digital advertising, Zacc is enthusiastic about reporting on the drone business at a time when UAVs will help us dwell higher lives. Zacc additionally holds the rank of nidan in Aikido, a Japanese martial artwork, and is a broadly revealed fiction author. Zacc has an MFA from the University of Florida and a BA from St. John’s College. Follow @zaccdukowitz or try zaccdukowitz.com to learn his work.

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