Drones: how to tell aerial stories

Don't just film something from the sky. Tell a real story and film beautiful places with your drone.
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  • Lectures 46
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

The first course that applies narrative fiction exclusively to aerial footage.

What is it about?

  • If you want not only to take beautiful pictures of the sky with your drone, but also tell exciting stories, that have a beginning and an end, and for them to be an authentic experience for your viewer, this is your course.

Why take this course?

  • Here you'll learn how to make an authentic aerial production. To get the most out of your drone and your camera, first you should understand the components that each of them has.
  • Knowing the necessary settings, and specially how to change them to get different results, will make you discover a new world.
  • Based on the negative and positive experiences from all the productions already made, and adding many of the questions that users ask me, you'll learn a new air language. I'll put you in the situations that you'll face, and you'll learn ways to solve them.
  • Above all, this course is about telling a story. Do you ever get tired of seeing landscapes and more landscapes no matter how pretty they are? It's time to learn what a story is, what elements is made of, and especially how to apply it to aerial footage. This course is a pioneer in applying fiction exclusively to this type of recording.
  • You'll be joining a closed Facebook group for students where you'll be able to post your footage and get instant feedback from other students and the instructor.


"This course blew my mind. Awesome job alex. The course is indeed for all levels. It teaches the basics but it goes deep into some lectures. I felt like I was in college. For all students, you can learn as much as you want with this course. He gives you the tools, you make the evolution. I recommended this to all my friends and family. Absolutely 5 stars. Thanks for your great work Alex." ★★★★★ Sean F 


How is the course structured?

  • Even when you know how to get the most out of your drone, in this course you'll learn the tools to make your productions even better. You'll understand and apply editing and post-production processes, to both image and audio. From a good synchronization of both, color grading your footage, working on good titles, to manual audio editing that will make viewers have an even better experience.
  • Finally you'll do some exercises in which you'll be able to show everything that you have learned.

Come on in, you won't regret it :) ! You'll enjoy and learn things that you never imagined you were able to do.

What are the requirements?

  • Owning a drone or planning to buy it and of course a computer :)
  • Being proactive and having a great desire to learn
  • Feeling enthusiastic about learning new skills and raising the level
  • A strong desire to create experiences for the viewers

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Tell astonishing stories trough aerial filming
  • Don't just film landscapes, create stories
  • A whole new perception about aerial productions
  • You will obtain material for practicing
  • You will know how to fly properly and film breathtaking shots
  • You will organise your productions much more efficiently and professionally
  • The course will be updated weekly

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in enhancing their skills in aerial productions
  • If you want to go a step further and not just film beautiful scenery but expressing feelings or stories
  • If you want to create experiences for the viewer, this is your course
  • If you are only looking for legal advice, this is sadly not your course
  • Although the basic security guidelines and common sense actions will be taught in this course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to the course :)
01:40
  • - What will the course be about?
  • - My motivations
  • - What will you be able to do when you are finished?
  • - The course will be constantly upgrading
Section 2: Security and guidelines
1 page

Laws may be very strict in some countries. This is an actual important issue. You should not be breaking the laws and always fly with security minimums.

I have listed in this PDF links for some specific countries that I found. If your country is not listed, I strongly recommend that you search the internet and find your local government laws, as you may get trouble otherwise.

07:29

In this lecture...

  • We will talk about our community and about each one of us has responsibilities for being part of it.
  • We will go through some basic examples of what NOT to do
Section 3: Settings before flying
01:04

Short introduction about what the section is about

06:04

In this lecture...

  • We will be learning what ISO is (one of the three basic pillars of image capturing), how it works, when to use low ISO, High ISO and knowing how to use it properly in different case scenarios.
07:13

In this lecture...

  • We will be learning what an actual Shutter is (the second of the three basic pillars of image capturing).
  • Also, the difference between photography - and video shootings as both cases are quite different.
  • I will explain when it is better to use a high vs a low shutter speed, as well as a short resume about the most typical shutter speeds.
  • And of course, we will talk about the 180 degree rule, which is about shutter speed and frame rate.
  • Finally, we will be having a look what frame rate means, and how to achieve film looks and slow motion effects by applying both subjects we have learned about.
04:23

In this lecture...

  • We will be having a look at what aperture is (the last one of the three basic pillars of image capturing).
  • We'll take a look at the different aperture sizes and how to calculate them with a simple mathematical equation.
04:07

In this lecture...

  • We will be talking about ND filters, how they work and some of the different situations where these filters are particularly helpful.
  • Also, we will mention when not to use them.
  • Finally, we will take a closer look at graduated ND filters.
Testing ND filters
06:18
05:38

In this lecture...

  • We will learn what exposure value is and how it applies on our shootings.
  • Also, we will see how to achieve different results with same exposure values.
  • Finally, we will see how to adjust a correct exposure value on our drones.
03:17

In this lecture...

We will take a look at the different extras you should be buying right away when purchasing a drone, such as:

  • - batteries
  • - backpacks
  • - propellers
My equipment
05:46
01:56

In this lecture...

  • You will learn all you can do before filming, will save you a lot of time afterwards.
  • I will tell you, based on my experience, what I do before arriving at the location, by using Google Maps.
1 page

In this lecture...

  • You will find some exercises for a better learning of all the lectures taught above.
Section 4: Control and Flight
00:43

Short introduction about what the section is about

04:29

In this lecture...

  • We'll go to outdoors for understanding better the tips we'll be learning in this lecture
  • You'll learn basics for taking off and landing such as positioning, type of surface...
05:39

In this lecture...

  • You will learn what RTH is
  • How it works
  • How to set it best for under specific circumstances
Section 5: Flying and filming techniques
00:39

Short introduction about what the section is about

05:38

In this lecture...

  • You will learn the basics of image composition.
  • We will take a look at the golden mean and at the rule-of-thirds.
06:03

In this lecture...

  • You will get a nice view of the different shots that you can film with your drone.
  • Also at what speed you need to be flying for getting more accurate and filmic shots.
1 page

In this lecture...

  • You will find some exercises for a better learning of all the lectures taught above.
Section 6: Telling a Story
01:01

Short introduction about what the section is about

05:28

In this lecture...

  • A good story told by a boring person will always be a bad story...But what about if you're able to be a good storyteller?
  • You'll learn some tips for knowing how stories have to be told, adapted to your footage.
10:38

In this lecture...

  • You'll get a look at how stories are divided into three acts
  • You'll understand how beginnings and endings have to be structured
  • You'll know how to create a rising action and finish it with an amazing climax
  • You'll be able to tell a story and create experiences with your drone footage
Section 7: Editing your visual footage
00:38

Short introduction about what the section is about

03:49

In this lecture...

  • We will take a look at the different options you have for editing, such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro...
  • If you don't have them yet, I will make a brief video about how to purchase them at the best prices.
09:25

In this lecture...

  • You will learn how to use premiere and do the basic edits.
  • If you are using another software, don't worry, the basic tools and steps you will learn in this video will apply also on final cut, avid...
13:26

In this lecture...

  • You will learn how to use premiere and do the basic edits.
  • If you are using another software, don't worry, the basic tools and steps you will learn in this video will apply also on final cut, avid...
01:54

In this lecture...

  • You will learn how important it is to choose the good parts of your clips and how to identify them. A good video includes only the best of the content you have filmed.
15:39

In this lecture...

  • You will learn how to edit a great aerial clip. I will edit a new clip so that you can see all the steps that I take and I believe are the best for editing aerial videos.
  • You will learn some basic tips about how to start a video, how to put titles, how to work with the music and how to finish it.
  • The final video (included) will show you how to create a great 24 sec video in less than 20 minutes.
20:26

In this lecture...

  • We will be talking on how to color correct first your footage and afterwards on how to color grade it.
  • By using effects that are installed by default on your software, we will give the footage a much more vivid expression and a professional look.
08:18

In this lecture...

  • We will learn how to give your titles a really nice and professional look by creating them and showing them at the right time plus some basic edit.
  • Remember that titles are a vital part of your image and your channel.
2 pages

In this lecture...

  • You will find some exercises for a better learning of all the lectures taught above.
Section 8: Music and Audio
00:40

Short introduction about what the section is about

05:45

In this lecture...

  • We will learn how important audio is for our films.
  • Some people say soundtrack is as important as the filmed clips on a video.
05:04

In this lecture...

  • You will understand the basics of how copyright works
  • You will understand what you can and what you cannot use on your drone videos
  • You will learn the different things that can happen when uploading videos with copyrighted material
08:23

In this lecture...

  • You'll learn some of the most important and amazing places from where you may get your audio clips in case you need them.
16:53

In this lecture...

  • You'll learn the basics of how to include audio and music to your clip for giving it an amazing professional look.
  • You will learn how to use keyframes for changing volumes at specific parts, creating manual fade ins or fade outs...
  • We will also take a brief look at some audio effects, including reverb, constant power...
1 page

In this lecture...

  • You will find some exercises for a better learning of all the lectures taught above.
Section 9: Final Video
03:37

I made this video explaining a little bit how we will work as soon as you start filming footage with your drone.

We will be sharing it and commenting it, improving it, and answering as many question as user of this course have.

1 page

In this lecture...

  • You'll have listed all the details you should be achieving for filming and editing an amazing video
  • All you have learned must be reflected in the footage you will film as a final result
  • Let's see if you learned something :)
Section 10: Extra
2 pages

I've listed some interesting places every drone user should be having a look.

1 page

Here you will find a link for downloading a compressed file. In this file, I have included for after effects:

  • - Text animations (for titles, credits, text...)
  • - Image animations (light leaks for your footage, logo animations, HUD packs...
  • - A few songs that I have used for this course
  • - Some audio effects (cinematic, misc...)

All files are royalty free (you can use them for anything). As I couldn't upload a file to udemy, I'll just give you a PDF file with a MEGA link. Don't worry, it's safe, free and LEGAL.

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Extra shots filmed by myself for practicing your postproduction skills. Have fun!

Photogrammetry - interview
10:11
09:28

- A video about the differences of both drones. Just as en extra :) enjoy!

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Instructor Biography

Alex Assenmacher, Drone Pilot, Professional Videographer and Filmmaker

Hi everyone, my name is Alex Assenmacher, I'm 25 years old, born in Barcelona, Spain, and a professional filmmaker, including aerial videography.

My professional adventure started in Vancouver, Canada, by the age of 17. I studied a Master in Art and Communication Media, which I continued doing later in San Diego, California.

Being 19 years old, I returned to Barcelona to study a cinematography college degree, which I finished 2 years ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Fortunately I have been able to travel a lot and work in many different countries with really distinguished cultures such as Germany, Brazil, Canada, the US, or Spain, surrounded always by professionals that taught me (and still do) everything I know today.

I'm really happy that platforms such as Udemy give us the opportunity to keep growing and teaching our experiences. I'm really happy to be teaching part of my knowledge!

If you want, you can check out my drone videos on my youtube channel, clicking on the logo above :).

See you inside!!

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