Martha Stewart has a drone. Rupert Murdoch has flown a drone. But the newest celebrities to use a drone really aren’t all that surprising.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of Mythbusters revealed that they have been using flying cameras in productions for years.
“Up until (recently), we had used helicopters, but that was a $5,000-15,000 solution,” Savage said.
“We started looking into this camera platform five or six years ago, but it just never worked out,” Hyneman said.
Jump to five years later, and with improvements like telemetry, the Mythbusters rely on drones to propel their show forward.
“It’s a tool for storytelling,” Savage said. “That’s what we do on Mythbusters — we tell stories. It’s not just the master shot that is really cute or really cool. It’s telling the audience where we’re going.”
A custom-built octorotor was used in the last two seasons, where flying shots introduced the beginning of episodes. Other uses of drones were in an episode shot at Pebble Beach.
“It’s an amazing time because of how much hacking is driving innovation,” Savage said.
Savage is referring to hacker movements like DIYdrones and DJI’s app store.
And Hyneman said he believes drones will become ubiquitous eventually.
“All of us remember the time when there weren’t cellphones, he said. “Drones are in that world right now. Things that we would have never thought were possible ten years ago are commonplace now.”