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“I believe that drones can be used for good, I believe that they can be transformative” – a video interview with Johnny Miller

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Johnny Miller at Deutsche Welle Bonn (photo by Alexander Plaum)

For a long time, drones were a) very expensive and b) almost exclusively used for spying, instilling fear, and killing people. This has significantly changed in recent years. While there’s – naturally – still a massive market for so-called military UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), drone production for the civil sector has increased as well: Several tech companies now offer peaceful flying gadgets that feature high quality propellers and cameras and are available for less than 1000 euros. Simultaneously, drones have become favorite tools for a dedicated scene of journalists, artists, and media innovators all over the world. One of them is Johnny Miller.

Date

Monday, May 6th, 2019

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? Take me out to the boat race … ?

Experimental drone video production over Wannsee

As part of the research in the MultiDrone Project, one of our consortiums investigates how drones can support journalistic work in an innovative way. The project plan foresees a set of evaluation scenarios due in the third project year, when the custom-made MultiDrone UAVs are ready to fly. In order to gain more experience with hands on drone-cinematography until then, DW has started experimenting with off-the-shelf drones. One of those experiments was the trip to the Meteora region in Greece, in August 2018. There, a DW-team used three drones (Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Inspire 2) to closely follow two climbers exploring the wonderful mountain peaks in the area.

In October 2018, the project took it a step closer to the actual MultiDrone production scenario: A live rowing regatta.

Date

Monday, April 1st, 2019

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Drones in media production: Creating a new look and feel

This year, we have started working on a new (EU co-funded) project called MultiDrone. One of our goals in this project is to develop a specific drone cinematography aiming for new visual experiences by operating multiple camera drones at the same time. This will take a lot of testing, and failing, and testing again in order to achieve this goal.

Date

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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MultiDrone: Improving media production from above

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In times of low editorial budgets but increased appetite for spectacular video footage, journalism is looking for new ways to overcome restrictions in reporting large global events. With media technology rapidly becoming better and cheaper, new opportunities arise — such as the use of civil drones for new angles on video storytelling.

Date

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

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Meet us @ SXSW

Music – Film – Interactive

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When: 13 – 17 March 2015
Where: Austin, Texas, USA

What is it?
With almost 80.000 people roaming streets and venues in Austin, Texas each year South By Southwest (aka SXSW aka Southby) is without a serious doubt the biggest annual bonanza of the creative industry on this planet. Actually it’s three festivals in one: SXSW Film (13-21 March), SXSW Interactive (13-17 March) and SXSW Music (17-22 March).

Date

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

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