Our first content: Join us as we fly our first drone

Welcome back, First and foremost I would like to show my appreciation to you. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read what we at Fusion have to say. So last post I promised some content, with no further pomp and circumstances. Enjoy my drone flight.

I would suggest that you watch the video before reading the following text. After all, who likes spoilers?

I have wanted a drone ever since I heard about their modern accessibility. I was watching one of my all time favourite YouTube channels, Hat Films. Alex was talking about how it’s now possible for consumers to buy a drone for filming. I was immediately hooked on the idea. My short films could start with an aerial pan of the building. My action shorts could contain an overhead tracked action shot. Such game changing potential.

Of course drones were still a tad too expensive. I had more important things to buy for film making before I went out and bought a Phantom 3. (The most available and well known drone at the time if I recall correctly). After the purchase of my beautiful Sony HX-MC2500, I decided I was ready for a drone. BUT, the drone of my choice, the Karma… well… I’m sure you know what happened to the Karma.

My Drone

Rather than wait several months I decided to go with the Parrot, Travis. The Travis isn’t a video drone, rather it’s just for recreational flying. If you have seen the video I’m sure you understand why I wished to learn how to fly a drone first. Before I went all in on a top range video model.

Now here’s the point where I excuse my poor flying. The Travis comes with a small phone like camera underneath. I was trying to get under it to take a picture as a test. Unfortunately for me, that caused the drone to push up from my self and crash multiple times. If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t crashed it once since. For someone who wants to purchase a drone, but not spend an entire months rent. I suggest this little drone.

If you are knowledgeable about drones, give your suggestions in the comments. Both for video models and recreational flying ones.

Filming the short

Nataliia and I filmed the short video on a GoPro Hero 3 Black. At the time I was still waiting to pick up my brand new Sony camera. Yet still reeling from the lens damage to my Canon DSLR. We used the 3-Way-arm to add a bit of stability to the video.

Unfortunately for us the GoPro’s aren’t as good inside as they are out. But we believed the content was far too good to waste. So it was to be my first editing project after my recent upgrade to Adobe Premiere Pro CC. A program which I recommend heavily.

Concluding statements

I might mention that this short isn’t on the Fusion Films channel. But instead uploaded to my personal channel. As I previously stated, the Fusion Films channel is still under development. However we wished to show some content and possibly get some feedback on our style or techniques.

Let us know what you think, either here or all the way over on YouTube. We plan on uploading more footage of our flights in the future. Although I expect less crashes. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing.

As always, thank you immensely for taking your time to read and watch the video. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did filming and editing it. As I said in the video description, if you’re a professional flier. Please don’t hurt me.

– Adam Pemberton



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