This Is The Coolest Drone Video I’ve Ever Seen
To be a good cinematographer in 2021 sometimes means being a good drone pilot, too. A 90-second promotional video for a bowling alley in Minneapolis has caught the attention millions of people, including a couple of big-time movie directors. You’re about to see why:
That is one take. No cuts. No visual effects. Just amazing skill. According to Upworthy, the jaw-dropping video for Bryant-Lake Bowl was produced by Minneapolis-based Rally Studios, shot by cinematographer Jay Christensen and directed by Anthony Jaska. They wanted to bring some attention to local businesses that have been struggling during the pandemic. Mission accomplished.
Watching it makes you feel like you’re on roller coaster. Getting the perfect shot took about a dozen attempts over a 2-hour period. Christensen and Jaska shot the film after hours (for COVID safety) on March 2nd. They had to add audio afterward because the buzzing noise from the drone itself interfered with the sounds of the bowling alley.
The most impressive parts about the footage were the tight squeezes behind the pin-setting machines, and under the ball return, and through the bar pass-through window. Bonus points for not hitting any people either. It’s so impressive that film directors James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Lee Unkrich (Coco) both shared the footage on Twitter.