Cinema and Photo

Like a new lens on the world, drones are changing the way we think about filmmaking and photography. Learn how to get the perfect shot for real estate marketing or insurance inspection as well as post-production tips and tricks to make your work shine like the pros in these Cinema and Photo sessions and panels.


Tuesday, September 4th

Pre-Conference Workshop: Part 107 Training

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

All

Speakers: Enrico Schaefer, Tony Sauerbrey

This all-day training session will focus on the essential areas to study for the Part 107 Knowledge Test. Course content and objectives will include Part 107 rules and regulations, aeronautical charts, weather patterns and National Airspace System (NAS), as well as eligibility requirements to be able to take the FAA written knowledge test.

This session will cover more than just the fine details of what you need to know for the Knowledge Test, but also provide you with insight on how to think and operate like a professional commercial drone pilot and provide you with everyday examples that remote pilots may encounter when out performing commercial flight operations for themselves or their clients. This session will be a comprehensive overview to assist you with preparation for taking the Part 107 Knowledge Test and think about the next steps beyond the Knowledge Test.

THOSE OTHER TOPS/TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Following policies and practices such as pre-flight and post-flight checklist for every drone flight operations

• Online test prep resources (handout)

• Industry Standards

• FAA Past Practices and the direction they are moving forward with

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH KNOWLEDGE REGARDING:

• Understanding Part 107 Regulations

• Understanding and identifying the various classes of controlled, uncontrolled, and Special Use airspace.

• An understanding of how to read and interpret aeronautical chart symbology.

• Planning methods to translate a location on street/satellite maps into an aeronautical chart.

• Understanding of Aeronautical Decision Making and human factors affecting safe flight.

• Understanding basic weather principles.

• Interpreting weather reports and forecasts.


Pre-Conference Workshop: Drone Videography

Full-Day Workshop

11:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

Learn how to optimize your field production time and build a plan to assure the required shots are captured with confidence. This intensive, 4.5-hour workshop will take you from the planning steps for unique shot styles through to editing techniques for the final video. This session will detail what it is you need for complete aerial storytelling, adding to ground footage and unique elements to best to convey your story and clearly communicate your message.

PART ONE OF THIS SESSION WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

• Creating a flight plan

• Setting up the drone/UAV camera

• Filters (Polarizers, Neutral Density, Gradients)

• Avoiding pitfalls and weather

PART TWO OF THIS SESSION WILL DIVE INTO ADVANCED FLIGHT TECHNIQUES:

• Get these shots and you’ll be set!

PART THREE, WE WILL CLOSE OUT THIS SESSION WITH A FOCUS ON POST-PRODUCTION PRACTICES FOR UAS, INCLUDING:

• Filters, codecs, and stabilization

• Color-correction baselines


Pre-Conference Workshop: Drone Startup 101: Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry

Half-Day Workshop

2:00 PM – 5:30 PM

All

Speakers: Allen Scott Beach, Andrea Beach

This half-day workshop will focus on helping you find success in the drone industry. We will cover everything from deciding what kind of business to start to sales, marketing and the top 5 checklist. We will help you simplify the process of starting and running a successful drone company, and discuss simple strategies such as: “Do what you know,” “There is nothing more important than sales” and “Be willing to throw out the status quo.” While no one can guarantee your success, what is guaranteed is that there’s no chance of success if you never begin.

OTHER TOPICS AND TIPS TO INCLUDE:

• Drone Opportunities Abound: Selecting what’s right for you.

• Trail Blazers: Learn from those that have gone before you.

• How to build a competitive advantage

• Marketing on a shoestring

• The hunt for start-up capital

YOU WILL WALK AWAY WITH:

• The key components of starting a drone business

• A myriad of viable options for drone start-ups

• An understanding of what it takes to be successful


Wednesday, September 5th

Accelerating Needs for Spectrum Solutions for UAS

Class

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Track: All

Speaker: Jennifer Richter

Join this class for a discussion on the pending AIA proposal for new UAS C2 spectrum; how autonomy impacts spectrum needs; whether new spectrum is needed for ADS-B-like transponder functions; what the Commission is considering for collision avoidance spectrum; and increasing concerns related to using unlicensed bands.


Tips for Refining Your Drone Videography and Photography Skills

Panel

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Moderator: John Reid

Speakers: Skip Fredricks, Fiona Lake, Craig Glover, Craig Coker

Whether you are flying a drone for real estate marketing, roof inspections or filmmaking, knowing drone videography and photography is an essential skill in the commercial drone space. As the market matures, it is critical to stay on top of cutting-edge technology as well as best practices. This panel will cover tips and tricks for flying a drone for photography and videography in the enterprise (and will even cover filming underwater!) and touch on how crucial it is to capture and process stunning imagery to boost your bottom line.


FAA Regulations: The Latest Outlook

Panel

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Christopher Korody

Speakers: Bill Goodwin, Lydia Hilton, Doug Johnson, Anthony Zakel

With a new administrator at the helm of the FAA, what has changed? What has stayed the same? What do you think should be addressed next and how do you express your views? This panel is designed as an open forum to ask questions to an esteemed lineup of lawmakers and legal experts as well as cover what you need to know to safely and legally fly your drone.


How to Prove Safety: Gaining BVLOS and Part 107 Waiver

Class

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: All

Speaker: Adam Robertson

This session will address the key ways to establish proof of safety in your drone program, and discuss how to achieve BVLOS for UAV and steps for securing a Part 107 Waiver. An autonomous drone revolution is underway to tap the economic potential of the vast and largely empty airspace overhead. Drones are already an indispensable part of the daily workflow in many industries, including search and rescue, construction, mining, agriculture, real estate and film making. Emerging UAV capabilities such as large infrastructure inspection, border patrol and package transport require safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) services to be economically viable. So, what’s the best solution to achieving BVLOS?

Many solutions claim to enable safer flight and detect-and-avoid capabilities; however, radar is proven to be a superior solution to help UAV and operators achieve BVLOS. The FAA has prioritized radar as the key technology for development in achieving optimal safety and security in the airspace. This talk will discuss key developments to radar solutions, including machine learning, AI, software enhancement for data mapping and more, all which can be deployed and applied to most any kind of drone.

The class will also outline the steps necessary to secure the critical Part 107 Waiver for operation in controlled airspace, helping companies to save time and resources on the process. While the FAA has attempted to streamline the application process through its DroneZone portal, there are some key things you will learn that can facilitate the process. The 107 Waiver allows for UAVs to operate at night, over people, flight from a moving vehicle or truck, operate multiple aircraft with a single pilot, fly beyond visual line of sight, flight above 400 feet, and fly near airports and other protected airspace.

You will walk away knowing how the use of radar and gaining a Part 107 Waiver can help unlock the many benefits that a world of drone commerce can offer.


Introduction to Color Correction for Drone Cinema

Class

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Luisa Winters

This session will cover the theory and technique necessary for getting your footage looking better than ever using the color correction tools found in Adobe Premiere Pro. We will cover compression, scopes, techniques and best practices. If you need to understand and use color correction, this session is for you!

Taught by an Adobe Master Instructor, veteran UAV operator/pilot, and FAA certified advanced Ground school instructor.

This session will include:

• Codecs

• Scopes

• Understanding how video works

• Best practices

• Understanding the colorist tools


Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape

Panel

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Michael Blades

Speakers: Derek Lyons, Joshua Ziering, Bill Chen, Basil Yap

The commercial drone ecosystem is changing almost as rapidly as the technology that drives it. This panel will discuss, from both a US and global view, how the commercial drone services market has transitioned from a stove-piped development approach to a race to provide a one-stop shop for all-in-one services supporting various industries. However, not all partnerships are as beneficial as they seem while others hit solution services out the park. This panel will cover what these partnerships mean for the commercial drone ecosystem as well as the opportunities they may produce or possibly eliminate through their synergies.


How Drones are Going to Change Real Estate Marketing and the Opportunities for UAV Operators in the Real Estate Market

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo | Business

Speaker: John McDonald

We already know what great pictures, videos and 3D mapping UAVs can offer. Come learn now how to market yourself and company to the CEO of a Home Building business, CEO of a Developer, learn what things are important to them and what stage of their work do they need your service. By understanding the current methods, you will learn how to market your services to a commercial broker, a land planner, engineer, architect, VP of Sale and Marketing, Retail managers, local Realtor’s. Understanding all the benefits may surprise you. Learn which real estate associations you should be aware of and how to rank all the upcoming projects in your home area.


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape

Panel

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Jim Williams

Speakers: Biruk Abraham, Mark Aitken, Marke “Hoot” Gibson, Joseph Rios

In the first half of this 120-minute panel, the current landscape of UTM will be discussed from policy and regulatory standpoints. With programs like Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) rolling out, the path to flying quickly, legally and safely is becoming more streamlined. But what’s the state of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations? Where does UAS remote tracking and identification currently stand? This panel of industry-leading experts with discuss these topics as well as the reality of implementation and integration into our National Airspace System (NAS).


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Future Landscape

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Jim Williams

Speakers: Eric Ringer, Ben Marcus, Paul McDuffee

The second half of this 120-minute panel will cover the path forward for UTM from a technical, real-world implementation standpoint. You will hear from the companies that are facilitating the advancement of UTM through their solutions and programs, and learn what resources are available to you now for flying quickly, legally and safely. The future vision for fully integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) will also be discussed.


Aerial Photography – What’s New and Hot and How To Stand Out

Class

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Romeo Durscher

This class is designed to inspire you to try new and creative ways in aerial photography. Together we will also dig deep into the functionality of the DJI Go app and explore many of the camera settings. You will also learn post-production editing tips to create single images, vertical and horizontal aerial panoramas and some additional creative ways of showcasing your art-work. And then there are always the creative third-party solutions that can be a lot of fun too.


Harnessing the Power of Your Drone Data

Panel

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Colin Snow

Speakers: Amit Ganjoo, Marty Scholl, Pat Lohman

Drones gather a trove of information and data, but how do you turn that data into actionable business insights? From the collection process to analysis and decision making, this panel will cover the best ways to harness the data in your pipeline while increasing productivity and your bottom line. 


Best Practices for Scaling and Streamlining Your Drone Ops

Class

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Track: All

Speakers: Tom Owen, Joshua Ziering

If you are looking to start a drone program or already have one in place within your enterprise, then this class is for you.

Tom Owen and Josh Ziering will present actionable insights and tips for streamlining and growing your drone program, based on years of experience working with diverse enterprise and public-sector partners.

Tom will delve into best practices he sees during his field trips meeting customers across the country. Josh will discuss how to effectively and safely manage your pilots and scale your fleet, from pre-flight to in-flight to post-flight. You’ll learn how to put repeatable processes in place so your team will be able to collect data and create insights that can move seamlessly back into your organization.

By attending this class, you will get answers to questions like:

– What kind of standard operating procedures work at scale?

– How can you help mitigate the risk a drone program poses to your organization?

– How do you build a culture of safety and accountability?

– How do you manage increased accountability around LAANC operations?

– When is the right time to call the FAA/NTSB after an accident?


Thursday, September 6th

Managing Drone Data: Choosing the Right Data Service Provider

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: All

Speaker: Colin Snow

Choosing a drone data service means choosing a trusted business partner. But with so many choices, it can be hard to know which one you should use. What advantage does one have over another? Unfortunately, the answers are not simple. A lot depends on your business model, your target market, what functions you need, and quite frankly how much you are willing to spend. The good news is the current wave of development and innovation in online drone data services is focused on mapping and analytic solutions that drone business service providers and enterprises can use to help solve real world problems – problems like infrastructure decay, crop yields, stockpile inaccuracies, improper construction sequencing, mining site logistics, etc. With that in mind, in this session I’ll outline the important criteria to help you evaluate the various web-based mapping and imaging services for drones.

In this session, you’ll learn:

• Who are the major providers and what’s their focus?

• How to determine the value of the services they provide?

• What questions should you be asking when comparing offerings?

• What’s the best way to integrating a service into your existing workflow so that it simplifies your operations and save costs?


How TV News Benefits from Drones

Panel

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Business | Cinema and Photo

Moderator: Erika Blackwell

Speakers: Ryan Cowell, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Heather Newman

Last year was a pivotal moment for drones in newsgathering. From Hurricane Harvey to the Southern California Wildfires, drones played an integral part in the way news was covered. CNN also received a milestone Part 107 waiver to fly over people, paving the way for expanded flight operations in not only newsgathering, but other commercial drone industries. This panel will discuss future opportunities and the ways drones will continue to change journalism.


Maximizing Still Photography Results

Class

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Track: Cinema and Photo | Business

Speaker: Fiona Lake

How do you create drone images that stand out, in an increasingly over-saturated market? This class will help your ability to create images that are special.

The session will begin with photography fundamentals then move on to tackling the additional challenges involved in aerial photography, mistakes to avoid, and how to be successfully selective.

Followed by the pros and cons of the most popular drones used for photography, then tips such as effective social media promotion and what moving from hobby to professional-standard photography entails.

Fiona’s presentation will be illustrated by aerial photographs taken across Australia and include comments on some of the changes she has seen during three decades as an aerial photographer, plus views on what the future is likely to hold.


Drones Over Hollywood: How to Get in on the Action

Class

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Skip Fredricks

The use of UAVs in the entertainment industry has reached a tipping point: drones are involved in almost every TV and film production, and content creators are increasing demand for their use in organic, story-driven ways. In this presentation, for both intermediate and expert users, you’ll see how advancements in tech, policy and content are accelerating the quality of, and demands on, drone use in Hollywood. Learn how UAV use fits in the production ecosystem, and how to make sure both your engineering and creative talents shine. This class will also guide you into breaking in at several different levels, talk about creating your own successful business, and cover how to open up multiple revenue streams.

Not in the entertainment industry? You’ll also learn which film and TV tricks can help improve your services in aerial photography for other fields such as security and agriculture.

Note: You should understand the basics of drone photography and have basic flight experience. (333 and 107 certificates are suggested.)


Growing Your Drone Service Business After Hours

After Hours

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Colin Snow

Speakers: Michael Singer, Ed Hine

So you have your drone service business, but how do you grow it? Hear from those who have made it in the booming commercial drone service provider market during this special after hours event. Hear which market segments will take off next and where drone service providers are making the most impact and having the most success. Learn about the pitfalls, best practices, and the sure-fire ways of taking your drone business to the next level!


DJI After Hours: The Future of the Commercial UAV Ecosystem

After Hours

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Romeo Durscher

Speakers: Bill Chen, Francisco Toro, Hai Vo

Join DJI and its partners for an after-hours session, discussing the future ecosystem of unmanned aerial systems. DJI will host an intimate Q&A session, where audience members have an opportunity to ask experts from DJI and its select partners some pressing questions.


Friday, September 7th

UAV Post-Production

Class

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

UAV Cameras use a variety of codec/container packages that confound and confuse various editing systems. Rapid access, evaluation of footage, footage contents, and metadata contained in footage is important in any UAS use, and for commercial applications, immediate feedback is frequently required. In this session we’ll discuss how to optimize footage for various uses, how to edit files for distribution, and how to most quickly utilize footage for evaluative playback. We’ll also discuss various means of displaying/distributing footage in either live-flight or post-event scenarios.


Do Drones Disturb Wildlife?

Panel

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: All

Moderator: David Bird

Speakers: Dr. David Johnston, Jeff Sloan

Drones are being embraced more and more by biologists and conservationists all over the world as a useful tool to count, detect, track and observe wildlife. However, not all agree with their use. Some feel that these sometimes noisy machines can pose a hazard to wildlife and they want their use curtailed through stricter regulations or even banned in some places. This panel, composed of experts using drones to study wildlife, will discuss the pros and cons of adopting these machines for this purpose and what steps we must take to make more effective use of the technology. During the discussion, you will also learn about the latest successes (and failures) in their use.   


Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence

Panel

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Track: All

Moderator: Miram McNabb

Speakers: Jaime Machuca, Kraettli L. Epperson , Nitin Gupta

Drones and Artificial Intelligence seem to go hand in hand now, and it’s easy to see why. With computer vision technology capable of collision avoidance, and systems smart enough to learn and operate on behalf of the human operator, AI could be the conduit for safely and reliably integrating drones into our National Airspace System (NAS) and the path to expanding flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The use cases are endless as are the opportunities. Learn about them and more in this panel.


Night Flight Workshop – Theory Portion, Part I

Class

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

This unique Night UAV flight training course will equip UAV pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot your UAV at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated.

This session will provide theoretical information informing pilots on how to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). Attendees will learn the fundamentals and specifics of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot who has filed numerous waivers of all sorts.

Each attendee will complete a written examination provided and a certificate of attendance will be sent every successful post-InterDrone.

Who Should Attend

UAS pilots who already have 107.29 waivers (for purposes of understanding industry best-practices/standards) and those that would like to add a 107.29 waiver to their 107 certification.

Any pilot looking to build their knowledge pool will find significant benefit in this deep dive into the physics, physiology, risks, and rewards of night-time operations.


Night Flight Workshop – Theory Portion, Part II

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: Cinema and Photo

Speaker: Douglas Spotted Eagle

This unique Night UAV flight training course will equip UAV pilots with the knowledge, skills and confidence to pilot your UAV at night safely, efficiently and effectively.

Greater than 70 percent of our flying information comes through the eye and the eye is easily fooled at night. This is compounded by the inexperienced pilot alternating views between a tabled/lighted display and the position of the UAV in the sky. Night flying has a higher accident rate than identical day flying, both in UAV and manned aviation. Why? Depth perception is severely distorted, as is reaction time. There are also visual illusions that need to be recognized and mitigated.

This session will provide theoretical information informing pilots on how to sidestep these challenges, while properly assessing and managing the risks associated with night flight (as waived per Part 107.29). Attendees will learn the fundamentals and specifics of applying for a COW/COA for night flight from an experienced night-flight pilot who has filed numerous waivers of all sorts.

Each attendee will complete a written examination provided and a certificate of attendance will be sent every successful post-InterDrone.

Who Should Attend

UAS pilots who already have 107.29 waivers (for purposes of understanding industry best-practices/standards) and those that would like to add a 107.29 waiver to their 107 certification.

Any pilot looking to build their knowledge pool will find significant benefit in this deep dive into the physics, physiology, risks, and rewards of night-time operations.


Project Management Fundamentals For Your Commercial Drone Operation

Class

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Track: All

Speaker: Brett Hoffstadt

Commercial drone operations, to be effective, must deliver quality results within business constraints of cost, schedule, staffing, regulations, and other organizational factors. How can you ensure that your scope is feasible within these constraints? What are your biggest risks? How can you be proactive to prevent them from becoming real issues? How best to delegate, assign, and track roles and responsibilities so that every necessary task is completed? Who are the key stakeholders in your organization? What are effective strategies to influence and manage them, including the nay-sayers? This class will give you an accelerated overview of the 10 knowledge areas of project management through best practices, essential tools, strategies, and actual lessons learned (the good, the bad, and some ugly) from industry. The 10 areas are:

– Project integration

– Scope management

– Time management

– Cost management

– Quality management

– Human Resources

– Communications

– Risk management

– Procurement

– Stakeholder management

If you have realized that the soft skills and nontechnical aspects of commercial drones are the sources of your biggest challenges, you will gain a lot from this course. Whether you are a one-person operation trying to manage a business yourself or you are building a drone operation for your organization, you will leave with a comprehensive introduction into the fundamentals of planning and executing this effort as a viable project. Those with a Project Management Professional certification (PMP) will receive 1.0 PDU for attending.