The Terminator movies warned us this day would come. Machines would take over humanity, and not just in a 'oh we are such slaves to technology' way, but quite literally. Although one thing we may not have anticipated was that machines might also be, at some point, making our movies for us. And that's what The 2nd Annual New York City Drone Film Festival will remind us of from March 4 to March 6 2016.
The #NYCDFF is a festival dedicated to the art of drone cinematography. Drones are relatively cheaper option for amateur and professional filmmakers alike. They lend a big-budget look to smaller films. But they aren't just a favourite of student-filmmakers. Cinematographer Hoyte can Hoytema who's shooting the latest Bond film Spectre also utilised drones for a car chase in Rome.
The three-day event will showcase a dynamic slate of interactive panel discussions, guest speakers, screenings of nominated films shot using drone technology and the awards ceremony. The festival will return to the Directors Guild of America Theater for the second year in a row.
"Just as drones have become more technically advanced and integrated into society, the NYC Drone Film Festival has experienced a year of tremendous growth," said Festival Founder and Director Randy Scott Slavin. "We've expanded from a one-night event to a three-day happening. We're holding interactive panels and seminars highlighting the influence of drones around the world. And we've expanded our award categories from nine to eleven. The 2016 festival is going to be bigger and bolder in every way."We can expect more filmmakers to start using drones in the future as the technology becomes cheaper and more efficient. There's no denying the epic quality these shots bring to these films and we can't wait for more.