At The End Of The Cul-de-Sac does something that no other short film has attempted: It uses a single drone to capture the entire scene, shot in a single take, and requiring a well-choreographed dance from both drone and actors:
To prepare for the shoot, the team created a low-res CG animatic of the entire short. This allowed them to plan everything out before they ever arrived on set, and it gave the cast and crew something to study ahead of time so they could perfect their movements:
According to director Paul Trillo, “It was important that we push the technology in a way that verges on impossible.”
The results are certainly impressive, and show how drones are adding new versatility and capabilities to the way stories get told.