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Written by Francois Saikaly

Flying a Drone in South Korea

2018 Drone Reel 

I’ve had a desire to start filming with drones for a while so last summer I decided to purchase a DJI Mavic 2 Pro. Having the opportunity to see the world from above and to capture it’s beauty from there was a real eye opener. Drone videos can be seen all over the place online but flying yourself is a very different and exciting experience. After working through a busy Sept and October I travelled to 7 locations in South Korea hurrying to film what I wanted before it got cold and the leaves fell off the trees. 

This is some of the highlights of the footage: 

 

I decided to go with the Mavic 2 Pro because of it’s 1 inch sensor. Finally there was small and compact drone that had a quality 1 inch sensor, exposure that could be adjusted. For myself it was the perfect drone to start off with. Who knows, maybe as the journey continues I will desire a drone that is twice the size and price. For now this drone is perfect. 

WE ARE ONE – Working as an Assistant Producer / Camera Operator for an Olympic Channel Documentary About the Unified Korean Team

The Olympic Channel recently released a documentary called “We Are One” which tells the story of the emotional journey of how the Unified Korean Team

Working as a Camera Operator at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games

From the end of January until March 19th, 2018 I had the opportunity to work at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games as well as the Winter Paralympics. I was working with the Olympic Channel as a camera operator.

Some of my tasks included:

Shooting News Content for the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

In the month of November I had the privilege of shooting a substantial amount of Olympic related news content in Pyeongchang, Gangneung, and the greater Seoul area in South Korea. The content varied on each shoot but some things included were:

Together in Tanzania

Together in Tanzania is a short-form documentary film that I recently produced, it is a story about the journey of five South Koreans that travelled far from home to help those in need of medical services in Tanzania’s rural areas.