Hollywood is Pushing for More Drones in TV and Film Production

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Hollywood is working hard to organize to support using drones in TV and Films.

Hollywood’s filmmaking community is organizing to promote the use of drones. Under the newly named Society of Aerial Cinematographers, organizers are using training and education to teach people the effectiveness of drones in films.

After popularity of drones or originally known as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) has grown over the last few years, aerial cinematography enthusiast Robert Rodriguez is planning on special program to learn about and get involved in issues surrounding TV and film Production.

Currently, the United States is the only country where drones are regulated. Rodriguez spoke to the Hollywood Reporter and said that “This makes it difficult for people to market themselves as aerial cinematographers,” he said, adding that with tax incentives already driving work out of the country “we don’t need another piece to go.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, current FAA regulations require users to have a certified aircraft, licensed pilot and Federal Aviation Administration approval.

Time will tell how this will impact TV and film production throughout the United States. According to Deadline, Federal law currently does not allow the use of unmanned camera airplanes, but the MPAA wants to change that. The MPAA recently joined several aerial photo and video production companies that are asking the FAA to allow the use of drones in the production of films and TV shows.

“Unmanned aircraft systems offer the motion picture and television industry an innovative and safer option for filming,” said Neil Fried, the MPAA’s SVP Government and Regulatory Affairs. “This new tool for storytellers will allow for creative and exciting aerial shots and is the latest in a myriad of new technologies being used by our industry to further enhance the viewer experience.”

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