dji drone film inspire 2 the circle

Watch a film shot entirely on a DJI drone

Think you can shoot a film entirely with a drone? That means not just an entire film of epic aerial shots. It means close-ups of the actors and indoor scenes too.

DJI proved they could do it, using nothing but the recently launched, $2,999 Inspire 2 drone.

DJI released “The Circle,” a 14-minute short film starring Ryan Phillippe and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers from Stranger Things) as an estranged father and son (respectively) in Depression-era America.

The Circle was shot entirely on the Inspire 2, using the drone’s X5R camera for every shot in the film. It was created by  Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda, known for his work on “Life of Pi,” “Oblivion,” and “Tron.”screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-10-03-14-pm

“The advantage is obvious on smaller projects when you can’t afford cranes and all of the technicians that come along with it,” said Executive Producer Dana Brunetti.

Watch it here:

So how did they do that? How did they get those aerial shots and the close-up shots — without getting the sound of the drone’s propellers in there? How did they get the shot in the car, or looking down at the bed?

DJI also released a behind-the-scenes video. The kicker here is that while everything was shot by a drone, the drone wasn’t necessarily flying the whole time. Instead, it was carried by hand or a separate rig for some of the scenes. It’s essentially proof that the Inspire 2’s camera is cinema-quality. And it is.

This film used the new Zenmuse X5S, which has a larger Micro Four Thirds sensor with 20.8 megapixels and 12.8 stops of dynamic range. The Zenmuse X5S camera also supports 8 lenses from wide angles to zooms. It shoots 20fps continuous burst DNG RAW (20.8 MP).

The Inspire 2 with Zenmuse X5S retails for $6,398.

See the behind the scenes footage here:


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