Drones Used in Pierce Brosnan Film, The November Man

Action thrillers are coming of age, with the use of the much-raved state-of-the-art drone technology in which cameras are mounted on drones to capture scene after scene, or even appear in the movie. Film-making had never been as exciting as when this was indeed done with the spy film, The November Man.

Starring former 007 Pierce Brosnan, The November Man has modern hovering drones woven into the story: As the deadly ex-CIA agent stalks his mark, a drone is stalking him, allowing his team of handlers to coordinate his every move, it was reported.  “A spy movie without that element wouldn’t be up to date,” director Roger Donaldson, who didn’t just use the airborne cameras as story elements — he extensively used them to shoot it, too.

However, commercial drones in the US are still banned by the FAA, so Hollywood films that feature drones, or made with the assistance of camera-mounted drones may still be a long way off. The November Man was shot in Serbia.

Meanwhile, debate on the use of drones in film-making heats up.

Making the case for why film and television productions should be allowed to follow suit, Neil Fried, the MPAA’s senior vp government and regulatory affairs, argues: “Unmanned aircraft systems offer the motion picture and television industry an innovative and safer option for filming. This new tool for storytellers will allow for creative and exciting aerial shots.” Not everyone is convinced, though. “I’m really dubious about the use of drones,” says director of photography Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers and an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences governor. “First of all, people don’t realize that these things are like flying lawn mowers — excessive care must be taken with their use.” – Read more at:


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