RONE footage offers an extraordinary view of the bowling ball inside London’s Bloomsbury Lanes – as the operator prepares to open after months of lockdown.
The two-minute clip, shot in one take on a Cinewhoop FPV drone by London-based Skypower Studios, takes viewers in a virtual spirit to the operator’s location near King’s Cross.
The camera buzzes past a cast of guests as it passes customers, players and the karaoke room before descending to provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the automated lanes.
The team behind the hovered video hope to emulate the huge viral success of a similar project in Minnesota, US, which has won accolades from filmmakers including Pixar director Lee Unkrich and Star Wars artist SFX. Todd Vaziri.
Sandra Williamson of Skypower said: “We first had to do a site reconnaissance to make sure we were not just capturing everything the client wanted, but also to familiarize the pilot with the route they should. to follow.
“We then had to brief and set up the staged visitors making sure they reacted naturally when the drone passed them and eventually our sound engineer had to work his magic to make sure the sound effect mimicked the movement of passage in the room.
“The pilot is a very experienced drone pilot and for many years, in addition to working commercially for us with heavy transport drones and production cameras, he also enjoys flying and piloting racing drones, where the drone is. much lighter, nimble and very fast and the pilot will wear a helmet much like a video game.
“The shot was then taken as a single long shot. It’s really due to the pilot’s skill in crossing those tight spaces and we’ve done similar overflights over historic sites.
The original video, shot at the Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater in downtown Minneapolis, was filmed as part of an effort to help local businesses recover from losses linked to the coronavirus.