Game of Thrones, the HBO sensation from the books of George R.R. Martin, premiered season 7 last night, a season which features footage filmed with the NEO drone from Dutch company AceCore Technologies. The drone segments were shot last winter at different locations throughout Iceland. According to Acecore CEO and pilot Jorrit Linders the weather conditions were very harsh. Temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius and very strong winds made the recordings very challenging. For the first time the Games of Thrones production team used drones rather than traditional helicopters in Iceland.
Needless to say, the HBO quality requirements are high. Data must be able to be post-edited with all kinds of visual effects. The producers were very pleased because the drone team was always on hand to be deployed by the director. This is unlike expensive helicopters where flights should always be pre-planned. Drones can also fly closer to a target subject or object for the close range aerial shots.
AceCore Technologies specializes in developing drone systems that can carry a heavy payload and fly in extreme weather conditions. Season 7 debuted last night (Sunday 16th of July). Enjoy and watch for those drone shots.