New Equipment! DJI Phantom 3 Test Video – Drone

DJI Phantom 3 Test Video

What’s up everyone, I totally forgot to post this when I completed it about a week ago. I have here test footage of our new favorite toy in our disposal: a DJI Phantom 3 standard drone.

In early August when my family and I went up to rural Minnesota to celebrate my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary (Here’s the video for that event in case you missed its release: 60TH Wedding Anniversary) my uncle and cousin brought up their drones to play around with.

He had two drones with him, one is the DJI Phantom 3 Professional, while the other less used one was the DJI Phantom 3 Standard. That first night a few hours after we finished the grueling 10 hour drive from our home in Illinois, my uncle brought the drones out to fly. My cousin set up the professional to fly then showed me on his Ipad the auto take off button which he then pressed.

The drone quickly rose up and once reaching four feet in the air stopped to hover in place, the take off looked clean and easy to do. My cousin then took the drone off over all the farmland and forest around us; it being golden hour at the time the footage looked pretty damn good.

As my cousin flew around the countryside, I looked at the standard drone sitting in its original box on the ground. I asked my uncle what the difference between the professional and standard drones was. He said that the standard only shoots 720p footage but they’re basically the same. He then said I can actually have the standard drone since they don’t use it. Without hesitation I said I’ll be glad to take it since I had been wanting a drone for a longtime to expand Insane LLama’s shot opportunities.

That night I decided to look up online to see all the differences between the standard and professional editions on the DJI website. First thing that stood out was that the standard version actually shoots/records 2.7k footage, where my uncle got the 720p from was that it only displays that ratio on the screen or when live broadcasting. I only want to use the drone to film establishing shots for our films so that was great news to hear.

Fast forward a few days later when I was back home in Illinois, it was time to fly the new drone for the first time. The user manual was missing from the box so I ended up having to look for it online, which one can easily find on the DJI website. I read the whole manual to learn every feature and detail about the drone; which after re-reading the more important sections a couple more times I was ready and confident in flying the Phantom 3.

I went out to my backyard and set the drone in a more open area so it wouldn’t hit anything when taking off. As the manual said I pressed the power button twice then held it until the green bars filled up, which upon filling the drone beeped loudly and powered on. I used my Ipad to connect to the drones Wi-Fi signal, which when done you can use the Ipad as a screen for the drones camera.

I pressed the auto take off button and the drone had lift off. First thing I noticed was how easy and precise the controls were to fly and also move the camera around. I flew the drone all over the neighborhood, experimenting with getting interesting and beautiful shots with the camera.

One thing is the small drone is actually pretty loud for its size, with most people quickly looking up towards it when I flew over them. During this and a couple later flights I captured some photos and also recorded some high quality footage.

Here are the photos

Neighborhood Drone Shot

Neighborhood 2

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More importantly here’s the test footage I shot! Enjoy!

Link To Video – DJI Phantom 3 Test Video

 

Hope you can get a grasp of what this drone can do with the photos and videos. I’m extremely grateful to my uncle for being so kind in giving his spare drone to Insane LLama. Since getting it Eliot and I have been thinking of many great shots we will do with the drone. We’re hoping the drone will increase our production values and more importantly give us another tool in shaping the stories of our films.

Well until next time. Consider following the blog for future post about drones and our short films, maybe also check out the Insane LLama Youtube channel which can be accessed through the drone video posted, we always have interesting and entertaining content being released for everyone to enjoy. Thanks and bye!

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New Equipment! DJI Phantom 3 Test Video – Drone

The Actors of Insane LLama

Actors of LLama

Insane LLama has had a lot of people come and act for us over the years, from our friends in the early years, to the trained professionals in recent years. A lot of these people we have come to consider regulars for us because they are ready to act for us in a moments notice.

We don’t really have exact terms to be considered one of our regulars; but for a loose definition we’ll just say that they had to be in 4-5+ short films and also been in a short film we made just for fun on the spot. Most of the professional actors we have worked with in recent years worked in our planned bigger short films which most of the time have a script written in advanced.

These latest years saw only two people really become a regular with us; which include the talented Zach Williamson and Mike Pinkerton. That doesn’t mean we won’t be getting any new folks to come along, we have our eyes on some actors we want to work on a regular basis and are always looking to expand our ranks of people we can rely on.

So far since 2006 there have been 21 dudes (We really need to find some of those ladies) which we have considered a regular here with us at Insane LLama. Last night I got bored and actually made posters/covers for all 21 of these true friends.

Here are all 21 of them for everyone to look at and closely scrutinize their faces. In alphabetical order of their first names. Enjoy!

Aidan Evans

Andrew Milz

Andy O'Brien

Blake Kiefner

Brad Delfeld

Connor Hague

Eliot Schultz

Erik Schultz

Ethan Schultz

Evan Schultz

Jawon Taylor

Jay Halvorsen

Mike Filkins

Mike Gjelsten

Mike Pinkerton

Remy Coup

Spencer Morris

Tim Carlson

Will Carlson

Zach Schneider

Zach Williamson

The Actors of Insane LLama

Latest Behind The Scenes Round-Up – July 2016

Behind The Scenes

Insane LLama has been busy working on our short film ‘Savage’ these past few months. We have here our latest batch of behind the scenes photos and videos.

In case you’re not following the official Insane LLama Instagram, here’s a link so you can press that follow button and be up to date on all of our latest news.

Link To Instagram – Da LLama Gram

Here’s the latest round-up. Enjoy!

 

Big Thanks to our own Mike Pinkerton for taking most of these photos. We hope you enjoyed this latest batch of behind the scenes photos/videos. We’re hoping for future projects to have more in depth and expanded behind the scenes coverage so everyone can get a true grasp of our productions and the amount of work we put to make these stories come to life. Thanks and see you next time!

Latest Behind The Scenes Round-Up – July 2016

Insane LLama – Latest Behind The Scenes Round-up! – March 2016

Behind The Scenes

Here’s Insane LLama’s latest batch of behind the scenes pictures. If you haven’t followed our official Instagram page yet, here’s a link so you can do that.

Link To Insane LLama Instagram – Da LLama Gram

Another great person I would recommend to follow on Instagram would be our very own Mike Pinkerton. He is usually the first person to post pictures from our shoots; which you may notice a lot of the Insane LLama instagram photos come from him, I repeat some and not all, so it would be beneficial if you want the full LLama experience to follow his account.

Link To Mike Pinkerton’s Instagram – Pinkerton’s Instagram

Anyway here’s what you expected from this post, all of the latest behind the scenes photos and even a couple videos!

Evan shares his thoughts about a recent shoot of Gone Hollywood.

Actress T’Lana Balue in front of the green screen for a news report scene.

Actors Duncan Kinzie and Eliot Schultz apply dirt make up before a Black Dream scene.

Evan tests some low bass on his surround system before the Black Dream release.

Evan applies Sony Vegas editing shortcut stickers to his keyboard.

Evan Schultz – “I am the behind the scenes”.

Eliot talks about Mike’s cameos in Gone Hollywood.

Last shot of the Day!

Black Dream timeline view in Sony Vegas.

Black Dream DVD/Blu-Ray main menu!

All of Insane LLama’s cameras used throughout the years.

Latest shoot of Gone Hollywood!

 

That’s all we have at the moment; we’re planning to actually start taking better and more in depth behind the scenes photos in the future, so be prepared. Follow the two Instagram accounts linked at the top of the post to stay in the loop with Insane LLama. Thanks and be on the watch for future post on the Insane LLama Productions official blog!

Insane LLama – Latest Behind The Scenes Round-up! – March 2016