Some things to think about when you contact us

The Secret of Success lies in Planning Ahead.
A simple shoot sometimes isn’t as simple as it seems…



When you call us, we will make a free feasibility assessment of your proposed project including a preliminary search using online tools to check whether the location is within FAA controlled airspace; whether any permits, permissions or notifications might be required and how much time that will take; what legal, liability or privacy concerns the project might raise; and, above all else, whether there are any safety issues that would need to be addressed.  To do this, we will need to know the exact address and/or area of the proposed drone operations.  


Most drone shoots pass the above hurdles without complicated caveats, but more complex shoots usually require a physical scout of the site(s) to determine what the potential hazards and obstacles might be, and how we can address them for a safe a flight that meets your goals.

Time frame

One of the most important things you can do is to plan early. It’s a good idea to allow yourself plenty of time to address any potential hurdles that may otherwise shut down a shoot. So the moment to begin planning is the moment you think you might be doing a drone shoot.


We need to know the dates and times that operations will take place so that we can check for TFR’s (FAA imposed Temporary Flight Restrictions); the weather forecast with contingent rain dates; what time of day (or night) shots are planned for; whether that’s to take advantage of the ideal lighting and atmospheric conditions or because an event or scene must take place at a specific time.


There may also be safety issues posed by when you choose to shoot; for instance at rush hour when streets are crowded, or during shift changes when there’s lots of foot traffic. This may mean either finding ways to mitigate risk; or changing venue or time. 


Your shoot may also require permission from property owners or a permit from a city or other jurisdiction you’re operating within, such as a State Park or Caltrans property. Most permits take over a week to processes once submitted, and they must include a flight plan which demonstrates how drone operations can be accomplished safely.


I’ll end where I began: One of the most important things you can do is to plan early.

Nature of shoot

Is it Scenics? Is it an action shot? Is there talent involved? Do you need a live feed? Will we need to coordinate timing with a land based crew? How is this footage going to be incorporated into your project?  The more complex your shoot is, the more prep time will be required. 


We work with the DJI Inspire 2 at 4K, 5.2K or 6K resolutions, in Apple ProRes, or CinemaDNG. We can also shoot at up to 4K 60P in h264 or h265.



We also shoot with the DJI Mavic 2 Pro at 4K h264 or h265 10bit. This drone is ideal for tighter quarters, such as indoor shoots or dense woods.

We recommend bringing duplicate fast SSD drives for transferring media when you need your deliverables in anything above h264 or h265.   We recommend using SSD drives in any case, because, dammit, they’re just faster and don’t waste anyone’s time!