Great write up... truly speaking how it is here, with some sound advice, that no one really tells you. Bravo.
Thats pretty impressive (he even makes the shot) ... love ingenuity like this (self compliment coming in 3...2...1...)
I did this: https://vimeo.com/218321553
about 8 years ago (kinda still holds up? whatchathink?) ... shot on a 7D with a gyroscope we got from a Navy surplus store mounted to the bottom of the camera (The spinning gyro was used to keep missiles stable... crazy huh?) There was no such thing as a gimbal or Ronin so ... you know... missile gyroscopes and gaf tape.
Alex can you explain this a little more... I always run up against the issue of not syncing multiple audio/video clips... you're saying this works how?
This is great... love that he just picked it up and learned as he went ... I hope the best for him and his fam.
Yes is the short answer. There is always the "Pay more for VIP access" ... be it amusement parks, boarding an plane, or yes, making it in the film business. There is no doubt that if you go to USC/NYU you will have access to the top 10% of makers out there, giving you a serious advantage. I guess the point is that it's not the only way, and for 90% of aspiring filmmakers it's not even possible. So this is a great roadmap to one of the possible ways to get to do what you love for money and that, is a dream for most people. This story resinated with me, as I came up much the same way, and had the exact same experience. So Yeah, you can skip the line, but the line sometimes is the most important part of your career.
Riiiiight? "In a world, where an engineer needs to check the condition of their wind turbine... " I really have to wonder how many non-media applications drones are used for? To me it seems like 90% of consumers use them for video ... If I was drowning and a friggin drone came over to me and said "stay calm ... " I think I would rather drown.