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FAA considering request for filming with drones

The MPAA has submitted a request allowing easier access to drone shots for filmmakers
The MPAA has submitted a request allowing easier access to drone shots for filmmakers
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Filmmakers everywhere, mainly those with large budgets, could soon have permission from the FAA to use drones for filming here in the United States. FAA spokesperson Les Dorr told The Hollywood Reporter, “We have been contacted by four different industries, including the film industry, that have expressed interest in possibly applying for an exemption that would let them conduct tightly controlled, low-risk operations.” Dorr is referring to the film industry, who are looking for wider options in how they tell their stories. The MPAA is working closely with the FAA to set these new proposed regulations for filming with small unmanned aircrafts. Of course, planes shouldn't crash at the expense of a few Hollywood blockbusters, so the regulations will take some time to take effect to ensure their accuracy and safety.

Drone filmmaking technology is already being used in overseas productions but the process has not yet been approved for United States airspace. This new filming technology would give filmmakers in the US more options and hopefully bring some productions back on US soil. What do you think of bringing this groundbreaking film technology to the US?