Integrated Media Technologies Launches New Drone Division
Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) has launched its new drone division, DragonFly UAS (Unmanned Aerial Solutions), to address the growing needs of professional aerial cinematography for the film and television production industry. IMT is one of the first companies to receive the FAA’s 333 Exemption and qualify for commercial applications of drone technologies. The team’s latest credits include the new Steve Jobs movie.
“IMT is growing into critical application areas at the apex of media and technology,” remarks Bruce Lyon, IMT CEO and Oscar-winner for Technical Achievement. “We’ve put together a team of top tier engineers and film professionals to deliver a best of class service to the global film and television production market.”
“Studios and production companies can find themselves exposed to hobbyist or pro-sumer aerial photographers operating without mandatory permits, insurance or on-set experience,” explains co-founder Lauder Robinson. “DragonFly offers a customized solution with a team that has over 50 years combined production and aeronautical expertise. Our focus is always safety first.”
Mehran Salamati, inventor of Hot Gears Remote Systems, is DragonFly’s Chief Engineer and Director of Aerial Photography. A Director of Photography for over 30 years, Mehran has designed a number of camera mounts for various airborne platforms, including helicopters and fighter jets. He designed and manufactured the MR14 UAV specifically for shooting high-end, motion picture and television entertainment. “On our most recent shoot for the film ‘Steve Jobs’ with director Danny Boyle,” Salamati explains, “Danny was looking for non-linear, sweeping aerial coverage at 6K, inside the San Francisco Opera house. It was a challenging sequence, and we executed flawlessly.”
DragonFly UAS partners include Radiant Images (cinema grade cameras and equipment) and HotGears (integrated custom camera platforms). Guild affiliations include American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Producers Guild of America (PGA), and Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP).