How To Pull Off an Entire Short as One Continuous Drone Shot

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When your entire short is one continuous drone shot, planning is essential.

Filming always requires planning and preparation. But when you’re trying something as ambitious as creating a dialogue-driven short filmed entirely from a drone in one, continuous take, things get a lot more complicated. At the End of the Cul-de-Sac is set in a quiet neighborhood—you guessed it—at the end of a cul-de-sac where a man is having what appears to be an emotional breakdown. Neighbors gather to watch, comment, and pass judgment while the drone glides through the scene, watching the action unfold from an omniscient perspective.

Watch the film below, selected this month as a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere, and then read our conversation with director Paul Trillo to find just how they pulled it off. What became clear was that meticulous planning and perfect execution were necessary for this to work and—even with that—there were some daunting post-production challenges to work through.

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