Hollywood Reporter posted an interesting article about the use of unmanned aerial drones for shooting movies, such as Expendables 3. This is something that they were able to use in Bulgaria but would be a legal hassle in the United States. From the sounds of it we should see some cool looking shots in the movie:
"Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, lots of gunfire, a speeding train, an approaching helicopter — all caught in a swooping bird's-eye view. Not that long ago, the only way to capture all that simultaneous action in one aerial shot would have required a second helicopter with its own camera crew. But that isn't how the opening sequence in The Expendables 3 was shot. Instead, an unmanned drone, operated remotely, hovered above the scene for the film, which Lionsgate is releasing Aug. 15.
"We flew right next to a train and helicopter," says pilot Ziv Marom, owner of the drone camera-services company ZM Interactive. "We shot everything from chasing tanks to explosions to flying over buildings and motorcycle jumps. We can also do shots that a real helicopter can't do. We can do lower altitudes."
As drones — also known as UAVs, unmanned aerial vehicles — are being employed for everything from warfare to Las Vegas bottle service, Hollywood is eager to draft them into filmmaking because they hold the promise of new creative options, real cost savings and possibly even safer sets. Drone-makers, rigging manufacturers and aerial production companies all are joining forces to offer remote-controlled, camera-equipped drones. Another shot in Expendables illustrates a drone's versatility: A camera-equipped drone flew out of a building's window for an aerial view, then returned back through the same window — something that could never have been achieved with a helicopter. But Expendables was shot in Bulgaria. In the U.S., before drones can become commonplace, regulatory issues are a major hurdle.
Currently, federal law prohibits the commercial use of unmanned aircraft — in filming or for any other purpose. To conduct an operation like filmmaking with a UAV in U.S. airspace, users need a certified aircraft, licensed pilot and Federal Aviation Administration approval..."
"The rugged production suited Miller and his singular vision to reboot the Mad Max franchise. “I wanted to tell a linear story–a chase that starts as the movie begins and continues for 110 minutes,” says the Australian writer-director. Fury Road features few digital effects and even less dialogue, he explains. “In this crucible of very intense action, the characters are revealed.”