Professional Drone Pilot - What I Do For Work VLOG

  • Published on Feb 23, 2018
  • A lot of people have shown interest in what I do for a living, so I went ahead and brought the camera along on a small job so you guys could get a feel for what I do as a drone pilot in the film industry.
    Be my wing man and join in the adventure:
    For more of my adventures follow me on Instagram: trentonpalmer
    Copter Kids Instagram: copterkids
    The gear we use:
    Freefly Systems Alta 8
    Movi Pro Gimbal
    8K Red Weapon Helium
    Custom built 18-35mm Cine zoom lens
    Small drone: DJI Inspire 2 with the X7 Camera
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Comments • 722

  • Trent Palmer
    Trent Palmer  Year ago +266

    Hey guys, no bush planes in this one, hope you guys don't mind me sharing a little about what I do for a living. Let me know if you guys would like me to show more stuff like this or just stick with the bush flying. Oh, and happy Friday!!!

    • Liam Glynn
      Liam Glynn 4 months ago

      Seth Allison Same here!

    • Adam Jones OMP
      Adam Jones OMP 4 months ago

      Love this, a real insight into the industry thanks man.

    • Nick Burnett
      Nick Burnett 5 months ago

      I was an army ATC and I have my 107. How do I apply for a company like the one you work for?

    • Lil Missy 84
      Lil Missy 84 6 months ago

      This was an amazing video I must say. I’m just an amateur drone pilot and I was just wondering how did you get into this business? Your job looks amazing. Flying drones for films is a dream of mine. Any tips or suggestions?

    • Greg
      Greg 9 months ago

      Thanks for sharing this. I had no idea how you could make a living as a drone pilot. Was quite surprised to the $100,000 price tag for the big drone!

  • LtRyanP
    LtRyanP 5 days ago

    How does one get into a career like this?
    I fly FPV, but wouldn't mind getting into a career like this.
    Is it more of just making videos as your resumé, and people reaching out to you?

  • Michael Runnels
    Michael Runnels 25 days ago

    Did Trent flip the whole drone upside down in flight starting at 6:50? It lands upside down but the propellers seemed to have flipped inverted too.

  • Simply Red
    Simply Red Month ago

    LOL yeah I'd be a little nervous about flying my drone that was $100,000 to the top huh you want me to do what yeah right

  • Collin Hannagan
    Collin Hannagan Month ago

    I wonder what commercial this is

  • Matt Aldridge
    Matt Aldridge Month ago

    Loved this video! any advice on getting into Drone Piloting in the film industry specifically?

    ZIPPER Month ago

    wtf was that freak in the background at 8:56

  • touchme onmynono
    touchme onmynono Month ago

    Have you ever had problems with bird strike or are they smart enough to move around?

  • John Hopper
    John Hopper Month ago

    What is the name of the 8 bit sounding song?

  • cihan kurucu
    cihan kurucu Month ago +1

    I know these kind of drones.. aprox. 100$ 150$ 😁😂😂😂😎😎😎

  • Tony Home
    Tony Home 2 months ago +1

    Can you now say what movie this was for? If not I understand.

  • Sky Vision Solutions
    Sky Vision Solutions 2 months ago

    hi trent hope u doing well im wana ask just one thing from u how much u charge for 1 day...if u dont mind..

  • Chris Teaford
    Chris Teaford 2 months ago

    Awesome vid! Is it still too early to share what this was for?

  • Miha Smrtnik
    Miha Smrtnik 2 months ago +3

    “That little Inspire” haha

  • Azure-Australis
    Azure-Australis 2 months ago

    The joke about the drone falling into seawater....Nah, he's got be kitten around for sure .....but you say?........Wait a moment here,Who drops a 100 thousand dollar drone in seawater, that's for stunt drones pilots to get maimed with, idiots like me! just a few less zero's. OMG... he won't be doing that again....Wait, foreal and not a joke actually in the drink, Vodka???

    • Trent Palmer
      Trent Palmer  2 months ago

      I put a brand new setup in the ocean in the Bahamas about 5yrs back. Luckily that one was only $15k. Still hurt

  • Thor
    Thor 3 months ago

    Your filming skills are crazy cool.

  • Bodrum Drone & Action
    Bodrum Drone & Action 3 months ago

    Greetings from Bodrum Turkey

  • Keith Massey
    Keith Massey 3 months ago

    Great professionalism from you and the team and the angst and responsibility of your flying in very difficult shooting scenarios is truly breathtaking.

  • D Springer
    D Springer 3 months ago

    R.I.P.D Love that movie. At least thats about what it looked like.

    • XeelS
      XeelS 3 months ago

      Like which scene? I didn't recognize it

  • Shaun Roberts
    Shaun Roberts 3 months ago

    That is kool for sure

  • Government IS Slavery
    Government IS Slavery 3 months ago

    Steven gets things done. Nice hat.

  • Revo lution
    Revo lution 3 months ago

    Better hope no drone racers see this.. You'd be put out of a job with how skilled they fly xD

    • lukas sydel harder
      lukas sydel harder 3 months ago

      totally different ball game bro. He has to control the camera as well like the zoom and the focus. It's not just about flying the thing...

  • bobclarie
    bobclarie 3 months ago

    In a Word . . . Impressive ! !

  • Collins Njarara
    Collins Njarara 3 months ago

    Awesome video do you use the yuneec drones

  • SaTaMa
    SaTaMa 3 months ago

    1:21 dude in undies

  • Hugo Coreas
    Hugo Coreas 3 months ago

    Men i will work for you for free just to learn. I love that shit.

  • Ian Fernandez
    Ian Fernandez 3 months ago

    How did you get started and gain the trust of big film companies to start shooting for them?

  • Jim Freeberg
    Jim Freeberg 3 months ago

    Hey Trent I this is old but would love to see more of this kind of video. Very interesting!!!

  • Rich Paul
    Rich Paul 3 months ago

    Just a way too cool job! Is the drone that's carrying the RED Dragon a Yuneec H2? Probably not, huh? Still, when you have a $50K+ video camera dangling in the air, it's definitely a good idea to have more than 4 rotors keeping it up. If one fails, you still have a chance.

    Also, I didn't quite understand what your complaint was with the Inspire, (I don't think I heard exactly what it was you said about it), but why the DJI "Inspire" anyway? DJI has some drones that aren't much larger than that Inspire, and advertise a far better camera control. The cameras for some of their 'Phantoms' (unless they've renamed them since I've read about them), have mechanical apertures to shoot as large as F2, (maybe even larger), for some great still shots.

    I'm only guessing, but I imagine that you have some use for still shots in your advertising campaigns. As far as video, I know you're only too aware of the fact that the RED is going to be just about impossible to beat, especially with any of the camera selections you may find in DJI. You'd have to forget about comparing the results to the RED's images in order to give the DJI a chance.

    That is one job that you simply need to know for sure that you want to do it and have a very good information source. Of course, you have to be a very good, and artistic videographer, but a great promoter as well. I'm not telling you anything you don't know because all of the things you need to be, is definitely what you and your team are, that's obvious!

    You have a great 'eye' for the work and even though I didn't see the resulting shoots, the fact that you made this video as interesting as you did, tells me that the shoots must be incredible. BTW, I love that camera placement. It's always a great idea to have cameras mounted taking shots of other mounted cameras. That and the great shooting angles/POV's really do wonders for a video like this.

    You're all pros because you receive some form of compensation for what you do but even more importantly, there's no doubt that you're all experts as well.

    I've worked many different kinds of jobs. My most favorite job (and the one field I should have continued but I needed more money), was as an exotic game warden. Waaaaaayyy back (just after the Army),I was the head patrol ranger for the very first drive-through game reserve in the US: "Warner Brothers Jungle Habitat" in NW New Jersey.

    As a tradesman, I'm a 1st class machinist (25+ years exp. now, long retired), where I specialized in aerospace prototype R&D work but I also covered a broad area in tool & die, mold making, hydraulics, shop manager, shop consultant (and even a shop owner as well), etc., etc.

    I left that career for a career as a professional driver, (OTR/48 Tractor Trailers), for 5 years. The OTR/48 job was my second most favorite job I've ever had. I had a lot of different jobs in between and when I needed to make more money for a while, I'd go back to the machine shop field.

    However, I'd get out of it as soon as I could because even though I was good, it wasn't something I liked to do all the time. I worked in many different shops, and 'accrued' a reputation in the city among other companies I never worked for. as a result, I would get calls from companies I never heard of, but who apparently heard of me, and offer me journeyman contracts with them).

    Still, the one job I would have probably stuck with if I had ever pursued it, and would be doing even now, would have been as a helicopter pilot. I took a 1 hour chopper photo-tour when I was in Colorado Springs about 8 years ago and I was the only passenger. The pilot and I started talking about the helicopter and I mentioned that I was a flight-sim hobbyist, (yeah, that's a 'thing').

    I told him I felt most comfortable flying a helicopter in the sim and logged a lot of 'simulator-hours' flying them. I was shooting a Nikon D2X pro-camera at the time, which happened to be a camera he was very interested in buying and wanted to try it. He said, "...would you like to trade me the camera for the helicopter for a few minutes?" Of course, he didn't have to ask twice and said "grab the stick"!

    He made sure I understood the controls and rudder, (and you know I did), and then, the next thing I knew, I was flying a Bell 206B while he was taking pictures of the "Garden of the Gods" with my camera! I still don't know why I didn't get into that as a career. I guess the cost to get trained & certified coupled with the opportunity I would need to find in order to take the courses back then, had a lot to do with it.

    Now I have the opportunity and the money but I'm 63 and I don't see myself getting hired if I tried to get a job by the time I was qualified for a helicopter tour pilot, (just too late I guess). I have a few drones myself, (they're still in the "toy" level, nothing like yours). I'm an experienced photographer, (still shoots), since 1980 and again, I'd love to do what you're doing but time is not on my side.

    Great video and a pleasure to see some of the real technology at work, behind the scenes!

  • RocKiteman _ 2001
    RocKiteman _ 2001 3 months ago

    @Trent Palmer >>> Are the cameras on your drones physically stabilized, do they internally stabilize the image through the lensing, or is stabilization just done with software?

  • RocKiteman _ 2001
    RocKiteman _ 2001 3 months ago +1

    *_"You're going to need a bigger drone."_*

  • SirHaugen
    SirHaugen 3 months ago

    At 7:02 - Did that thing just land upside down? :O

  • OC_ fpv
    OC_ fpv 3 months ago

    Jeez 100,000 $ for just a big mavic and I’m over here building quads for 250$ that can actually do acrobatic shots

  • Farmer Fpv
    Farmer Fpv 4 months ago

    I've been flying FPV Freestyle and Racing mini quads since 2014 before that was all fixed wing FPV and LOS aircraft.
    But this is just insane! Question Trent so you fly the actual aircraft is there somebody else that controls the camera on that beast?
    You should definitely make more videos like this I love them!

    • XDTuber
      XDTuber 3 months ago

      yes it's a 2 operator system

  • Ernie Lopez
    Ernie Lopez 4 months ago

    Was this film/movie/show ever released? We want to see the final shots! :D

  • Paul Jackson
    Paul Jackson 4 months ago

    The Inspire is a toy, now that says a lot!

  • norbute
    norbute 4 months ago

    Informative! Great for someone that had no idea of the complex operation. Super!

  • Asher Bernstein
    Asher Bernstein 4 months ago

    the little inspire

  • Sonny Moon
    Sonny Moon 4 months ago

    super interesting ! Thanks !

  • Larz
    Larz 4 months ago

    This was awesome! Thanks for sharing. What is the camera you are flying and what is the resolution? I’m guessing the people that hired you have the rights to all the video and you can’t share any of it?

  • Liam Glynn
    Liam Glynn 4 months ago +1

    7:00 Why are you flying inverted?

  • MrTargetU
    MrTargetU 4 months ago

    I'm so behind! Great vid, ty 4 the behind scenes look. Embedding you into my 'who else to be' files lol Godspeed!

  • Reno Raines
    Reno Raines 4 months ago

    I'm a Subscriber and live in San Francisco and actually live a block from where you were filming at @8:14 part in you video. Have you ever gotten a photo of your Kitfox with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background ? I could hook you up with some great freebies in San Francisco if you ever needed. Thanks for sharing. Be safe flying !

  • Pork Chop
    Pork Chop 5 months ago

    Needed some camouflage for your spotter in the one situation. Maybe just bury them in some ferns.

  • Joe Pieczynski
    Joe Pieczynski 5 months ago +3

    “That little inspire”
    “It’s to much of a toy”
    I thought my phantom was big

  • Pablo Cruise
    Pablo Cruise 5 months ago

    My home Marin....looking like Muir Woods

  • Tilmon Peterson Jr.
    Tilmon Peterson Jr. 5 months ago

    Wow, as a recent film graduate being able to see real life dolly shots that move right into arial shots looks awesome and is so confirming for what i plan to do in life. Thank you so much.

  • Martin
    Martin 5 months ago

    What flight system is on the big UAV. Is that a octacopter. Do you have specs to share on it.

  • Brenden John
    Brenden John 5 months ago

    Nice presentation of the Alta 8!

  • Get DYED
    Get DYED 6 months ago

    I have a Mavic Pro and to me, even a Mavic 2 is an impossible goal and an amazing camera, then you say "The Inspire 2 is too much of a toy" and I realize how poor I am. The Free Fly Movi Pro with the 8k RAW Red Camera is my dream set up.

  • Jeremy Dixon
    Jeremy Dixon 6 months ago

    How heavy was that rig?

  • marco
    marco 7 months ago

    more please thanks

  • Quirt Manly
    Quirt Manly 7 months ago

    Well, now I know what a professional drone pilot does! Thanks for sharing.

  • Joy Ride
    Joy Ride 7 months ago

    mic is flawless

  • Tom H
    Tom H 7 months ago

    The $3000 DJI Inspire is "too much of a toy" he says

  • Nouk Hollands
    Nouk Hollands 7 months ago

    Was that a red camera hanging of your drone

  • Ben Ngo
    Ben Ngo 7 months ago

    “Flying the little drone today” (cuts to the Inspire)
    I'm a Mavic pilot, it hurts ;)

  • ಠ_ಠ
    ಠ_ಠ 7 months ago

    why do you only have 177 T subs. you make sooo pro videos

  • Seth Brooks
    Seth Brooks 7 months ago

    What does it mean to "rack iris" ??

  • Migueldeservantes
    Migueldeservantes 7 months ago

    I can conceit to the fact that even in really calm days, on the top of really tall buildings there can be really nasty turbulent wind currents... I would have a cheap tricopter to do the first test and have an idea of what is waiting for the large boy up there.. "Hey.... I rather crash a cheap one than to see the 100K smack the skyscraper" that is just me do...