Safely telling a story 60 feet in the air

September 8, 2017 11:05

By Robert Way, RTDNA News

“It’s a remarkable technology,” Michael Chambliss said, as he kicked off a three-hour deep-dive workshop on drones. “I’ll liken it to giving Harry Potter a camera.”

Chambliss is a Business Representative and Technologist for the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG). He moderated the session, “How to Launch A Drone News Program: Navigating the Logistical, Technical, and Regulatory Complexities.”

Chambliss called on Josh Rubenstein, the commanding officer of the public communications group at the Los Angeles Police Department, to discuss how a news team should safely navigate their own drone program.

“It’s a bit of the wild west,” Rubenstein said. “They’re aren’t too many rules.”

He did have one piece of advice for those flying the drones: “Call the local jurisdiction.” He added that little bit of communication will “go a long way.”

“Go talk to police, fire, and sheriffs to start a conversation,” echoed Matt Waite, the founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at the Univeresity of Nebraska. - Lincoln.

As tthe usage of drones continues to expand, journalists and law enforcement agencies agree that the aerial photography offers a different viewpoint for understanding what's happening at an incident scene. Rubenstein added, it's a perspective, "we’ve never seen before.”

Chad Daring, aerial cinematographer, on what he took away from the session:



Session moderator Michael Chambliss talks about the impact of drone photography: