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Providing professional remote-controlled aerial cinematography services, and drone rentals world-wide.
Providing professional remote-controlled aerial cinematography services, and drone rentals world-wide.

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We are pleased to announce that SkyMotion Video is now fully FAA certified for drone operations throughout the USA!

While SkyMotion Video has enjoyed Standing SFOCs (Special Flight Operations Certificates) from Transport Canada to operate drones throughout Canada for years now, we have stayed away from conducting drone work within the USA. This was done due to the restrictions imposed by the FAA until the end of 2016. These restrictions had for the most part essentially banned the commercial use of drones.

SkyMotion Video’s Chuck Taylor completed the remote pilot examination last week and has since been issued his Airman Certification for Remotely Piloted sUAS (Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems).

While the certification is good nationally and for any areas controlled by the FAA, it should be pointed out that it does not mean that drones can be used anywhere. The biggest difference between operations here in Canada, and those in the USA occurs when operating within an airport control zone. While the SFOC from Transport Canada allows us to operate legally, it still has an array of conditions we must work within. One such condition is to coordinate through NAV CANADA when working within a control zone. In Canada, this is a fairly simple task and requires about 48 hours notice in most situations. However, in the USA, the FAA requires remote pilots to apply for a waiver using their web portal to get clearance for the control zone they wish to fly in. While this has the potential of being a nice streamlined solution where operators have a central point of contact for getting clearance, it is currently a very time-consuming procedure. At the time of this writing, the FAA asks for 90 days notice when applying for a waiver. That said, class G airspace does not require a waiver, and the certification allows us to operate in these areas quite freely. To learn more, check out our Regulations Page.

It is strange to have operated in about 30 countries around the world, but never next door. And so, with now being FAA certified and approved, we look forward to finally providing our world-class services for our neighbours to the south!
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With the summer months quickly approaching, we wanted to highlight some of the latest additions to our drone rental packages. To start things off, we wish to introduce the Freefly ALTA 8 drone for rent.

The Freefly ALTA 8 expands the capabilities of the ALTA line of multi-rotors for our most demanding customers who want to carry the largest cinema payloads on the market. This includes solutions such as RED WEAPON, ARRI Mini, Blackmagic URSA Mini, Canon C300, and Sony A7Rii cameras.

Designed to work in conjunction with the Freefly MōVI PRO gimbal...
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We get asked for all kinds of aerial shots, but about a year and half ago after coming back from Colombia, we received a really fun request. We were hired for a new children’s television series for Sprout entitled “Terrific Trucks” where we had to film…
https://www.skymotionvideo.com/drone-opening-shot-terrific-trucks/
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American Gods, the all-new television series from Starz, is one which we worked for on many occasions last year. Principle photography took place all around Toronto, the GTA, and throughout south-western Ontario. Based on the Neil Gaiman’s book, the story…
https://www.skymotionvideo.com/drone-services-american-gods/
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Alexa Mini Aerials on Killjoys Season 2

We had the pleasure to take the Arri Alexa Mini camera to the skies on one of our drones this past January while working on the set of ‘Killjoys‘ Season 2. Filmed north of Toronto, the aerial video was captured at an old quarry location which perfectly…

http://www.skymotionvideo.com/alexa-mini-aerials-killjoys-season-2/
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And here is the other commercial filmed in the Columbian Rainforest. Enjoy!
https://vimeo.com/165034594
RBC 'Canopy'
RBC 'Canopy'
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Once again, we had the pleasure to work with director Luis Gerard, and director of photography Sonnel Velázquez, as well as the production team of Holiday Films for these two new commercials being filmed in the region of Santa Marta, Colombia. The region has so much to offer; the high sea, waterfalls in the mountains, exclusive coastal villas, ridges and much more. Needless to say the filming days were action packed. The drone was certainly put through the paces during filming over the week as we took off from boats, tight sections of dense rainforest jungle, or off cliff ridge edges. The shoot was full of adventures as we hopped from one location to the next, but two beautiful commercials came out of it! So far the first of these two commercial which feature our aerial cinematography has been released. We invite you to check out the first one below.

https://vimeo.com/164445677/

For full story visit: http://www.skymotionvideo.com/rbc-drone-commercial-filming/
RBC 'Snorkel'
RBC 'Snorkel'
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Coming this Friday to Netflix is the all new feature film by Ricky Gervais, ‘Special Correspondents‘. The film which stars Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, Benjamin Bratt, America Ferrera and Raúl Castillo, features drone aerial cinematography by SkyMotion Video.

Synopsis:
"A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead."
- Internet Movie Database (IMDB)

While the story takes place in New York and Ecuador, SkyMotion Video was tasked with capturing aerial footage in Toronto with the RED Dragon equipped drone to make it look like Gervais and Bana were sailing the seas on their way to Ecuador. Filmed at the shores of Lake Ontario at Scarborough Bluffs in Toronto, the drone was flown from the shoreline to capture the transitional travel shot in a mere morning. One such pass of the boat with Gervais and Bana on board can be seen in the official trailer below at 1:14. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kKTFAEQgSY
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Over the past year, from March to October 2015, we have had the pleasure of providing drone aerial filming services for the television series “Heroes Reborn” in and around the Toronto area. The show is a mini series based on NBC’s original series…
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Last August of 2015 we had the pleasure of supplying the aerial filming services for the latest Lotto 649 commercials which were shot in beautiful Nova Scotia Canada. Directed by Luis Gerard and produced by Holiday Films, our first destination was set at…
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