"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” gave audiences plenty of in-atmosphere dogfights between X-wings and TIE fighters, something that had rarely been seen before. Now, the crew at Corridor Digital have taken that idea one step further by creating epic dogfight videos using drones, GoPros, 3D-printed cockpits and “Star Wars” figures.
Using drones from Rotor Riot, the Corridor Digital team filmed GoPro footage of drones going head to head in the skies. They then 3D-printed some X-wing and TIE fighter cockpits, filmed them making all the moves separately, and mashed the footage together for a jaw-dropping action sequence. There’s even a surprise Sith reveal at the end.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, toymaker Spin Master will release its own USS Enterprise flying drone.
It’s part of the company’s Air Hogs brand, which already features a Star Wars Millennium Falcon quadcopter. Based on the iconic NCC-1701A model, the Star Trek version will boast an integrated light system, 10 authentic sounds, advanced drone technology and a 50th anniversary collector’s display stand.
Granted, John Williams’ soaring Superman score could make even footage of paint drying enjoyable. However, I’m pretty sure I’d pay to watch hours of streaming video of this Man of Steel action figure flying over London. Or anywhere, really.
Photo retoucher Barry Craig duct-taped the toy to a drone for a flight over Victoria Park. Asked on Reddit why the figure is moving so much, Craig explained that while the camera is attached to a gimbal, which stabilizes the footage, Superman is taped to the landing gear, so he shakes with the movement of the drone.
The United States may be fighting the “War on Terror” in locations around the globe, many of our nation’s drone pilots operate from the relative comfort of two Air Forces bases near the entertainment hotspot of Las Vegas, Nevada. But in Drones, the front line shifts to the Strip as two Predator operators see their killing machines come back to haunt them amid the glitz and glamor of Sin City.
“In addition to our two drone operators,” writer Chris Lewis says,” we have a pancake-loving terrorist turned playwright, a loveable expert in improvised explosive devices, five well dressed assassins, a goat who just might know a thing or two about kung fu, an acrobatic Special Forces troupe called the Cirque du SEALs, surveillance up the wazoo, and a new kind of poppy that’s going to blow some minds.”