Dying Of The Light

This hypnotizing drone video showcases a little-known video technique. Here’s how it’s done.

Drones were revolutionary for their ability to show a perspective our eyes were never-before used to seeing.

But filmmakers Phil Pastuhov and Ian Montgomery continue to up the game with new techniques that continue to make those aerial perspectives even more interesting.

The filmmaking duo released an art piece using DJI’s new X7 camera called “The Dying Of The Light.”

The technique illuminates the subject while placing it in a completely dark sky, giving it the appearance of a 3D-model while confusing the viewers with a unique sense of perspective and scale.

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So how do they do it? The lighting rig was 10 high intensity led’s that output somewhere around 150k lumens, according to filmmaker Ian Montgomery.

Those rigs were grouped together in two banks of 5 in a system developed by Daniel Riley of Stratus LEDs. They were attached to the Freefly Alta 8 drone, getting about 10 minutes per battery.

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From there, the actual footage was shot using a DJI Inspire 2 with the new X7 camera system from DJI.

The DJI Zenmuse X7 was announced in October as a way of targeting professional filmmakers. The DJI Zenmuse X7 is a Super 35 digital film camera designed specifically to work with the DJI Inspire 2 drone. The camera body starts at $2,699 and integrates with a choice of four interchangeable lenses and a new DJI Cinema Color System for post-production. Each of the lenses is sold separately, or all four can be purchased together for $4,299.


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