Drones, for better or worse, are a subject of fascination for many. Whether being used for military purposes, or to shoot a feature film, drone technology is being tested for a variety of purposes. For TGI Friday's in the UK, though, drones are being used for a purposefully romantic, and accidentally creepy reason. Check it out:
This one's going to get pretty awkward - for couples and singles alike, really. Imagine being on a date when one of these hovers over your head, putting you and your honey in the spotlight and subsequently making everyone else feel just as uncomfortable as you are. This feels kind of like the equivalent of a parent trying to push their kid into a relationship with the neighbor's nice and available college-educated son. Mooommm, I just wanna' eat dinner!
This isn't the first time a drone's been used to do less-than-comfortable deeds, of course...
They're Panem Propaganda Tools
Gliding over the industrial landscape of District 5, this shot may look like it was computer-generated -- but in fact, it was created by a drone flying over a solar energy field in Southern California. This video, which is part of Lionsgate's marketing campaign for [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](movie:446261) features Derek of the science-savvy Veritasium YouTube channel. Derek explains how District 5 generates electricity using only water. It's pretty awesome! Watch it below, and check out the full series here.
They're Set Spies
When it comes to the film industry, they can either serve as a great way to get great overhead shots -- or as tools for set spies to get all of those juicy, blurry photos that we love seeing so much. If you've been following [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](movie:711158), you might be familiar with this kind of thing. Our first aerial shots of the Greenham Common set, which is largely believed to be a rebel base, came from an excited fan who camped out nearby the set. Check it out:
Despite spying on a set, this is comparatively less creepy than the next few stories. Prepare yourself!
The detectives behind [Stalker](series:2128007) would have one heck of a time dealing with the operator of these drones in Vancouver: this past summer, multiple reports of drones creeping their way around a quiet town in Vancouver made the rounds, including one where a resident watched one slowly creep around her building, hovering in front of windows.
Woah! This is why I keep my blinds closed all the time. Creepers cost you sunlight and sanity.
Need to Capture a Wizard Car?
This scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets sees Ron and Harry as underage flying car drivers - but what's also interesting is the use of drone technology to capture the vast and gorgeous landscape they travel across. While most of the franchise's expansive backdrops are CGI, the setting you see here is 100% real - save for the flying car and the Hogwarts Express, of course.
Chase Scenes no longer need Helicopters
With drone technology, high-octane chase scenes are given the extra boost by keeping expensive helicopters out of the production. This chase, which takes place during the opening scene of [Skyfall](movie:36632), features several overhead shots filmed entirely by (Oscar-winning) drones. Not only does this eliminate budget costs, but it also completely does away with the risk of sending a camera crew up in to the air, which proved deadly (not for the first time in film history) in 2013, when a helicopter carrying a small crew crashed in Action, California. All three on board were killed as they were filming a new reality TV show for the Discovery channel.
It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It... was a drone the whole time
Fans loved this POV-style viewing of Superman with a GoPro, but did you know that the bulk of it was shot using a drone with the GoPro strapped to it? The folks over at Corridor Digital pride themselves in expertly made, entertaining new media entertainment, so when it came to putting fans in the shoes of the [Man of Steel](movie:15593), the team used a Dji Phantom 2 quadrocopter to take on the task.
Whether you're for or against it, drone tech is apparently here to stay - and hopefully, Hollywood will use it to make even better movies in the future. 'Til then, here's a drone race that reminds me a lot of the speeder bike chase on Endor in Return of the Jedi.