Drones have been steadily making their way into moviemaking over the last couple years, but Chinese drone-maker DJI took things a step further with its latest PR stunt: the company made a short film shot entirely with its new Inspire 2, a camera-equipped drone you can buy for just under $3,000 USD. Is this the first movie shot exclusively by a drone? It seems probable.
The 13-minute movie is called The Circle, and it stars 90s heartthrob Ryan Phillippe and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers from Stranger Things) as an estranged father and son (respectively) in "Depression-era America," according to DJI.
It's perhaps a counterintuitive move to use a piece of very-2016 technology to tell a story set in the 1930s, but honestly, the resulting shots look pretty good! And not just the aerial shots—the closeups, too. Still, if you had come up to me a few years ago and told me that the dude from Cruel Intentions would wind up playing the lead in a drone costume drama, I would have been like "wow," followed by "…what was that other movie he was in, the one where he played the tech guy? Antitrust?"
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