Rather than use CGI, Vanier used a DJI Inspire 2 drone with the Zenmuse X7 camera and a Ronin 2 to film the birds flying and the actors in their microlight plane.
“Nature has a lot to offer society and needs to be protected,” said Nicolas Vanier. “Drone technology enabled us to get closer than ever before and capture the true beauty of the birds for people to appreciate. Without the drone, we’d never have been able to achieve the shots we did. It really helped in making a fantastic story even more magical.”
Eric Guichard, Director of Photography for the film, said, “Due to the Ronin 2 being much lighter than other professional camera stabilisers we were able to take it up on the microlights with us. I don’t know of any other equipment that would stabilise a camera with the image quality that is required for a professional production to the same level.”
Keen to see the end result? Spread Your Wings will be released on the 9th October 2019 in France (‘Donne moi des Ailes’), and later in other European countries, Canada and Japan.