Drone Cinematography in San Diego

Summer drone training program for teens located on a university campus in San Diego

Program Highlights

Learn the 5-step framework for identifying the type of shots you should take, and evaluate clips, films, and shots with this in mind.
Develop a story as a cinematographer using the 4 P's framework.
Enjoy several days of flight time and challenge yourself, depending on your experience.
Learn about the entrepreneurial & Engineering applications of drone cinematography and how to pursue them.
Create a path for yourself to move forward as a Drone Cinematographer, which includes information on licensing, equipment purchasing, and specialized training in mapping, editing, and flying.
Take and pass The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).

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Session 2:
July 23, 2023 August 4, 2023


UC San Diego
San Diego, CA

Course Overview

Since their rise in popularity and easier and more affordable access by the average consumer, drones are being sold and taking to the skies in record numbers. But did you know that U.S. law now requires specific certification or documentation for anyone who wishes to fly drones? You must either obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or – for those wishing to fly drones generally just for fun – take and pass The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).

Summer Springboard’s Drone Cinematography course on the campus of UCSD will combine your passion for drone flying with cinematography. Our course provides a comprehensive overview of the technical and creative aspects of cinematography, where students will learn how to execute a variety of different shots with regards to lighting, framing, and clients’ needs.

Meet your instructor

Brandon Murphy, MBA

Drone Cinematography

Brandon Murphy, is an experienced drone pilot class instructor who has been in the film and video production industry for over a decade.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

The drone market is changing and growing at a rapid pace. During this program, you will gain experience with actual flight operations and maneuverability in an open field, as well as discover the impact drones are having on film. With the technical capabilities and high quality of video, drones are an excellent tool for filming and taking video. Each student will have access to their own Tello, a mini drone that makes flying fun and easy.

hands-on drone activity

Career Exploration

What started as a fun hobby is now one of the fastest growing industries. Gain hands-on drone operations experience and work with a professional drone pilot to learn skills used at large companies such as Amazon, UPS and AT&T. In fact, Amazon Amazon plans to deploy 450,000 drones by 2020! Test flights are already being conducted by Amazon in the US and in the UK. Excursions may include a drone delivery testing facility or drone research center.

drone air map

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