Whether tranquil aerial shots of the countryside, a bridge inspection or a car chase through Los Angeles – microdronespictures films the footage with the UAS, the Unmanned Aerial System. The company has used the highly sophisticated flying platforms from microdrones for more than three years. The film team controls them from a mobile command center: a Sprinter 2500 extended. The Managing Director of microdronespictures, Ferdinand Fischer, has been shooting stunts for the media branch for 15 years. He is also a stuntman, precision driver and action director. That is why he not only handles the filming but also often plays a major role in the stunts themselves. This enables him to seamlessly merge the planning for the aerial shots into the preparations. You could refer to him as the “Aerial Action Supervisor” or “Aerial Coordinator”. He works with both his customers’ teams and also with his own crew: experienced directors, stunt coordinators and Hollywood stuntmen. They all know how production works and the key aspects when on set.
A specially equipped Sprinter serves as the team’s most important piece of equipment tool and is simultaneously a home away from home. It functions as the command center for the flying platforms. Equipped with a 15 m long aerial, it receives all of the information broadcast by the UAS in real-time and transfers this to six monitors inside the van. The team here consists of an operator – responsible for steering the platforms –, a cameraman, director, producer, etc. In addition, the signal can also be displayed on additional, external monitors. This is especially important for operations outside the film and television sector such as for authorities like the Border Guard, anti-terrorism operations, the fire service or industrial activities such as pipeline monitoring and solar facility support. In addition, a sound system, an on-board network and radio equipment ensure that work goes smoothly.
All this high-tech needs space. That is why Ferdinand Fischer knew from the beginning that a Sprinter was a must. The extended version provides sufficient space for the equipment and the team and is also economical. The team feels at home here thanks to its large working area and comfortable seats – the van is even equipped with a refrigerator. What might sound like a luxury is essential if things are to go smoothly on set. Because everyone involved has to remain fully focused over the course of a long and strenuous day when working on a film set. This means taking short breaks and feeling at home in the workplace. The team likes watching the footage while enjoying a cold drink in the mobile command center on a hot Californian day before they decide: “That’s a wrap” or “Do it again”.
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