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Here's how hobbyists-turned-professionals-turned-advocates make art with flying cameras

The impressive capabilities of drone technology are pushing a selection of filmmakers from every corner of the globe to create media using drones. Their curiosity, love of craft and fascination with the science encourages pilots to stop by the New York City Drone Film Festival, a festival dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography.

Telling a story with a drone, or drones, however, is no easy feat. Being a drone cinematographer requires learning many cross-disciplinary skills. Makers are expected to be a pilot, to troubleshoot equipment if a problem arises, to get a beautiful photographic image. Most of all, they are expected not to crash it and ruin the party for everyone.

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