The Car vs Drones film is focused on visualizing the concept of Speed and Agility set within a cinematic battle of superiority between two nimble machines, a Holden Astra and a fleet of custom-designed Quadcopter Drones. Working with Vice and The Creator’s Project from the inception definitely influenced the treatment, lending the aesthetic more to a transparent lab experiment than a hyper-polished film.
From the initial brief, they wanted all the components of the exercise revealed, from the Drone Pilots to the various Technologies on set, exposing the Lighting setups, the Camera rigs and Computer Monitors displaying each machine’s trajectory during the film. They wanted the film to be an entirely honest rendition of the experience the team went through during the filming process; and to the naked eye if a person entered the studio stage everything they would see was captured in the final film..
These various techniques of light manipulation positioned this entire exercise more towards an art film than anything else, allowing the dramatic, abstract competition between the drones and the Astra to create a beautiful dance of light, form, color, performance and technology..
Munko had never shot a car or drones before in a large scale production like this, but approached it like any other shoot and spent a great deal of time in pre-production to make sure they were laced up. Collaborating with Airbag, the newly minted Australian Reps but also a full-fledged Visual Effects studio, granted the luxury of a fully developed pre-visualization of the entire film, which allowed them to dial the camera position and lensing for every shot, and made it much easier to get their game plan together moving forward to the shoot days..
Once the shoot started and the camera started rolling it all felt familiar.. Munky was anticipating a bunch of false takes due to the drone pilots fucking up, or the stunt driver not being able to hit his marks etc - but to be honest neither really slowed them down..
The Australian slang was particularly fun; sometimes Munko had no idea wtf anyone was saying but it never got in the way of productivity.. Australians in general are a very positive, happy culture are never back down from a challenge - and those are great characteristics to have on set when you’re hustling against the clock to capture as much as possible in the short time they had..
Munky is very excited about the partnership with AIRBAG.. There’s a ton of talent and inspiration in that studio, collaborators with a very similar mindset to his own - people who don’t look at it as work as much as it is Creating and Learning - the two most important ingredients to cherish in this business and the keys to the longevity we all desire..
2015 The Creator's Project: [Video] Car vs Drones
2015 The Creator's Project: [Video] The Making of Car vs Drones
2015 SPLOID: A Car and Drones spinning around in a circle is a fantastic light show
2015 Wired UK: Watch these drones race cars to create a dazzling light show
2015 DesignCollector: Car vs Drones by GMUNK