We sat down with the owner of Droneography Aerial Imaging & Flystro pilot, Trevor, to talk about the industry, how to get good gigs and his favourite things to shoot.
Hey Trevor, thanks for doing this interview. I’ll start right away – what do you think about the drone industry currently?
It’s a very exciting time to be involved in the drone industry. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) permit so many innovative solutions that flow from their unique vantage point and capabilities. We are now on the early part of a road that will see UAVs and emerging technologies disrupt many traditional business processes. The possibilities are limited only by our collective imagination.
I like how you put that, they really are limitless. So what type of locations do you enjoy shooting?
My favorite cinematic shots are those where we can create an exciting reveal or surprise for the viewer – something unexpected that takes them on a journey and provides an insight or revelation to another part of the larger story. I quite enjoy working over or around water – especially epic lakefront views, rivers, ponds, waterfalls.
Awesome. What attracted you to the Flystro marketplace?
As an active supporter of various innovation startups, I’m always finding some amazing companies developing very interesting solutions in the UAV industry. After a few conversations with Flystro, I realized they really understand the challenges of drone operators and those seeking aerial services. Flystro is committed to creating a marketplace with important features and mutual benefits between these groups. Flystro is very open to constructive feedback which is taken to heart and evaluated for the development roadmap if it’s not already there – the product is constantly improving.
I’m glad to hear that. We are here for you and absolutely always take feedback. As a pilot how do you find contracts and missions usually?
Word of mouth and referrals from previous clients are the sources of new work most often. Just by listening to potential clients’ objectives – what they’re trying to accomplish – we can almost always come up with a creative way to leverage aerial capability and innovations to provide them with appropriate solutions. Online marketplaces such as Flystro are the next most frequent way to expand our reach – putting us in touch with motivated potential clients that already understand the numerous benefits professional drone operators can provide. I feel these are very important partnerships to develop and are very beneficial to pilots, the marketplace, and most importantly, the client.
“Online marketplaces such as Flystro are the next most frequent way to expand our reach” – Trevor
What kind of missions do you want to tackle most at this time?
For cinematic video, I’m a sucker for missions that communicate a heartfelt backstory and deliver a message, for example – the story and impact of a mural being painted in a graffiti-prone area of town, raising awareness of the importance of urban rivers and their impact on our lives, or perhaps creating an aerial marketing video to help a small business launch a new service. The data analytics side of me loves to get more involved in autonomous survey missions and how the resulting images can transform into information that drives business decisions and improves efficiencies. At the end of the day, any mission where I can spend time flying drones is a great one!
Thanks so much for this!
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