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On November 15th DJI Published A Short Entitled “The Circle” That was shot Entirely With The Inspire 2 Drone and X5s camera.

The Circle is a period piece that takes place during the depression in the US. It is a moving story about a father who is reunited with his young son.

What is truly stunning is that the film was shot entirely with the Inspire 2 Drone and its X5s camera that has an interchangeable lens system.

The film was directed by Sheldon Schwartz a prodigy who entered California State University at the age of 13 and worked at NASA as a 3D animator before turning 18. Sheldon is DJI’s Executive Creative Director and guides the creative direction of all video content at the dominant drone manufacturer.

Enhancing the creative team on The Circle was Director of Photography Claudio Miranda The Chilean born Oscar winner for his work on “Life of Pi”. Claudio also led the cinematography teams on other well known movies such as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy”. A bit of trivia on Claudio – he was a gaffer on Fight Club.

What is truly amazing about the film is its cinematic look and feel. Most drones with cameras do not have cinematic options that are available on camera systems that have interchangeable lenses. Also, the quality of most drone cameras are adequate for aerial shots but not good enough for the wide variety of shots that cinematographers need. However, the X5s camera shoots 5.2k RAW and ProRes 4444 and 422HQ and has an interchangeable lens system giving Director’s of Photography wide angle to long lens options.

In Part 2 of this two part series on the film we will go into more detail regarding the cinematic capabilities of the Inspire 2 and X5s camera. In the meantime, enjoy some still imagery from the film.

And, if you prefer to watch the film, click on the video below.