filmmaking drones

Hollywood wants drones for filmmaking

by Brendan Sasso, TheHill.com  |  published on January 27, 2013

Unmanned drones are best known for their ability to hunt down suspected terrorists abroad, but they might have an entirely different use: movie-making.

Hollywood’s lobbying group is pressing the Obama administration to allow filmmakers to use drones for aerial shots.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) revealed in a lobbying disclosure report this week that it had urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow filmmakers to fly unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace. The group had previously disclosed lobbying on the issue in a report last October.

Howard Gantman, a spokesman for the MPAA, explained that putting a camera on an unmanned aircraft can be cheaper, safer and more useful than relying on a helicopter or a crane to get a difficult shot.
“You can innovate in a number of different, interesting ways to shoot a scene [using unmanned aircraft],” Gantman said.

The FAA is currently drafting rules to allow private groups to apply to fly drones. The agency aims to begin issuing private drone licenses by 2015.

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