From Two Sticks

Update #9 – The view from above

Hello Backers,

It has been far too long since our last update, but don’t worry as we will be catching you up to speed with what’s been happening with the documentary.



For me, one very important aspect of this film is introducing Indonesia to the viewers. This archipelago is such a beautiful place and I want people to be captivated by the scenery and vistas that I frequently encounter here. Towards that end, with some of our equipment budget (thanks again backers!) we purchased a small quadcopter, equipped with a GoPro camera. This allows us to provide aerial footage of some very remote locations featured in the documentary. It also provides a never-before-seen perspective of many of these villages.  This is very important as I want the viewer to get a sense of how remote some of these locations are.

 


Filming farmers planting rice seedlings
Filming farmers planting rice seedlings

The quadcopter is pretty unbelievable. It only weighs a few pounds yet can fly as far as 1km away and gets up very high in the sky. It also has a real-time adjustable gimbal which stabilizes the camera in-flight. With the gimbal we can adjust the camera angle from straight ahead to straight down at the ground for a birds-eye view.  All this is controlled by a simple remote control.  Sometimes, I stand there flying this thing and am amazed how a simple controller has that much signal when the copter is far away.

The wireless link allows us to monitor the GoPro Camera in real-time
The wireless link allows us to monitor the GoPro Camera in real-time

 

 

It often draws a crowd
It often draws a crowd

 

Of course, being a white guy here I tend to stick out a bit, and even more so with a flying machine buzzing overhead.  So far though, people have been very accommodating and not bothered at all when they see the copter hovering above.  This group of high school kids even let me film them on their motorbikes at a local soccer field.

These high school kids were quite curious when they saw the copter flying
These high school kids were quite curious when they saw the copter flying

Stay tuned for some sneak peaks to come of this aerial footage.  Once again, thanks so much for supporting this film. Being able to purchase and film with the quadcopter truly helps make this film unique.

Thank you,

Jon

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