This Montage From the New York City Drone Film Festival Is Incredible

I'm not prone to hyperbole, so when I say "this is amazing," I mean it. We all know there are some brilliant filmmakers out there, and when they push a new technology to its limits, the results are remarkable. Check out this montage of some of the best of the past year.

The New York City Drone Film Festival is an annual event dedicated to its namesake. Companies such as DJI, NBC News, Adobe, and GE have all signed on as sponsors, while the 2016 version featured 350 submissions from 45 countries, with over 5,000 people in attendance. It's a testament to the ever-burgeoning popularity and new avenues of creativity these devices have opened. 

They're currently filming Fast and Furious 8 here in Cleveland, and downtown has been aflutter with smashed cars, explosions, and you guessed it, drones (a lot of them, actually) zooming in-between the densely packed downtown buildings, getting shots that not even a helicopter could get. As these devices become more and more ubiquitous, it's great to see filmmakers of all levels embracing them and showing off their talent and unique perspectives. Do you have any favorite shots from your drone work? Share them in the comments!

[via Gizmodo]

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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That's exactly right. In most cases, especially with B-roll, owning a drone can replace the need for a crane, a dolly, a jib, a steadicam (you can even carry it), a cable rig, or a helicopter. All for a couple of grand (for a decent one).

I do adore how it has leveled the playing field, at least to a degree.

I couldn't agree more.

It may have been a very small part, however what really impressed me was when the drone simulated a point of view perspective of a skateboarder. Really cool stuff!

That was a great bit. One of my favorites was zooming through all the crevices of that building!

Sweetgrass' adverts for Philips were super solid visually! I've been trying to find budget for a drone for a while now, seems like a good idea for the summer.