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Drone News: Will You Need a Pilot's License to Fly a UAF?

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL   Wednesday November 26, 2014

The Federal Aviation Administration's forthcoming rules on drones might be far more restrictive than many filmmakers would like, requiring all operators to have a license and limiting flights to daylight hours, according to the Wall Street Journal. The licenses would be comparable to traditional pilot's licenses, requiring dozens of hours in the cockpit of a manned aircraft. The height at which drones could fly would be limited to 400 feet, and they would have to remain within the site of the person at the controls. The FAA also plans to group all drones weighing less than 55 pounds under one set of rules, dashing hopes for looser rules on the smallest drones.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: This Little DARling Could Change How You Capture Audio

nofilmschool   Wednesday November 26, 2014

The Little DARling, a micro-sized recording unit designed for obtaining high quality sound with a stealthy profile, is one of the year’s most highly anticipated products, and, notes NoFilmSchool, it’s already being improved, with wireless control and digital slate tone. The device could change the way guerilla filmmakers, and perhaps run-and-gun documentary filmmakers, capture audio, declares NFS.   Read the full Story >>

Time Lapse: Color in the Land of Ice and Snow

Vimeo   Wednesday November 26, 2014

The first shot in LA-based photographer Joe Capra’s latest time lapse is a blast of brightly painted houses in a coastal settlement, but the two-and-a-half-minute video soon leaves the inhabited world behind for frozen landscapes shot in Iceland and Greenland over a 10-day trip. The imagery—shot with three Canon 5D Mark IIIs and a variety of Canon lenses—never stops throwing color at you, thanks to displays of the aurora borealis and golden sunsets. See more of Capra’s work at Scientifantastic.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: The Rules About Using a Song Title As Your Film's Title

MovieMaker   Wednesday November 26, 2014

Is your film’s title also the name of somebody’s song? Then you should glance at attorney Gregory Gabriel’s “Cinema Law” column at MovieMaker: The good news is that song titles are not copyrightable. What’s more, if the song’s title is a common phrase—for instance, “Free Fallin’”—it would not be entitled to copyright protection, even if song titles could be copyrighted. The bad news: Your movie title will not be copyrightable, either.   Read the full Story >>

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