Aerial Filming With Drones

The Drones Are Coming

All of those amazing aerial shots that you have only dreamed about filming are about to become reality.   Six television and movie companies have been approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use drones for shooting scenes.

The approval is the first exemption of its kind, and only the second time the FAA has waived its own prohibition against flying drones for commercial purposes.  In granting the exemptions, the FAA has restricted the drones from making flights at night, required that flights take place on sets closed to the public, and aircraft must be inspected before each flight.

“This is the first step to allowing the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems in our nation’s airspace, and it’s a milestone in the wider effort to allow unmanned aircraft for many different types of commercial use,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a conference call.

Other industries that are seeking exemptions include precision agriculture, power line and pipeline inspection, and oil and gas flare stack inspection.

Read more here: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29373188

Visa Requirements for Filming Abroad

Visa Requirements for International Shoots

When planning a shoot in a country where you don’t hold citizenship several important factors come into play. One critical item that must be taken care of before departure is to ensure that you have the required visas. Arriving in a country without the correct documentation could mean a denied entry and spell disaster for you shoot.

Some countries will issue a visa upon your arrival, but it is not a common procedure. Most visas must be obtained before leaving your home country and could take weeks to months to be issued. You will almost certainly need a visa if you plan to remain in a foreign country for a longer period (usually more than 90 days).

You are also responsible for ensuring that your passport contains empty visa pages. If the pages of your passport have become filled with visas or entry and exit stamps you will need to apply for a new passport before your travel.

You can look up specific visa requirements by citizenship here: http://www.visahq.com/citizens/

At the Global Media Desk we highly recommend that you use local crews whenever possible. With local crews you don’t have to worry about the hassle of visa requirements and you get an expert in area. It’s a win win for everyone!