GC3400 spending the day with a drone
This summer, the GC3400 class at Clemson University Department of Graphic Communications had a unique opportunity to add arial footage to their class videos. But I am getting ahead of myself in this story! After spring registration, most students have their summer schedules planned. I received an interesting email from Caleb Prather, a Graphic Communications sophomore, asking if there might be an opportunity to explore drone photography in GC3400 during the summer session. He had done a lot of research and even found a few potential videographers that could come speak to our class about the process of capturing arial video using a drone helicopter.
As it turned out, Aaron Richard of Asheville, North Carolina agreed to come down on one of our production days to allow each student video group a chance to shoot some footage with his drone. Although new to drone photography, Aaron showed an infectious passion for his trade as well as significant patience as the student groups tried to communicate their visions for the footage.
For this assignment, GC3400 had 2 clients. Two groups of students were creating videos for Clemson Admissions and two groups created videos for Clemson Creative Services Department. Each group of students had spent a few days in pre-production creating storyboards and scripts from which to work and had planned approximately 3-4 shots for the drone to capture. They lined up access to Death Valley stadium, Sikes Hall, downtown Clemson, and the Y beach area for the production day. Aaron drove the drone copter as the students watched through a monitor to see what the GoPro camera was capturing. That way they could guide Aaron at the controls in order to ensure they were capturing the footage they needed for the final edit.
You can see one of the completed videos from the project below. This one was created by Caleb, Jess, Zach, and Jason.