Tyler Mason travels to New York City in this episode of the Drone Dish and chats with David Durivage of dizifilms. David is from Montreal, Quebec and discusses his short film "DIZI" which was selected in this year's New York City Drone Film Fest, as well as his work in multimillion dollar aerial production for Jet Blue. Also, hear how David was able to get his Inspire drone up close and personal with some Tigers at a Canadian zoo!
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And for more amazing aerial views, check out AirVūz.com READ FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Tyler Mason: On this special edition of the Drone Dish, we meet up with David Durivage at the New York City Film Festival, where his film is a finalist in this year's event. Well David thanks for being here in New York with us. David Durivage: It's a pleasure, it's a pleasure. Tyler Mason: Let's talk about your film Dizzy that's in the New York City Drone Film Festival. What was the idea behind it? And talk a little bit about the effects that you used in that video too? David Durivage: Yeah, it's not a mistake, but a little bit of a mistake for me to put the mirror effect, because all the movie was made without this effect before. Tyler Mason: Okay. David Durivage: All these kind of shot or shoot... symmetric? You know? Tyler Mason: Symmetric. David Durivage: Symmetric, yes. We were doing this very close to the buildings, close to get all the lines and stuff like that with different lenses. I made the edit of the video, and by mistake ... I kinda put, you know, the mirror effect in after. Wow, this is amazing. I showed it to my girlfriend she said, "Aw, you should perhaps just put it in little places in the film." Oh no, no, no, I've gotta leave it for all the film. And I've sent it to multiple festivals and I had the response from the New York City Drone Film Festival and I'm very, very happy to be here with this film. Tyler Mason: I know you've had experience with other drone film festivals too. What do you enjoy about, not only entering them, but just kinda being a part of that whole movement? David Durivage: It's not just be there by myself, it's to be part of this new art. It's not just a tool, it's a new tool, it's a way to see the environment, it's a dance in the sky. A new way to perform, a new way see the world. And to be part of other people like this around the world for me, it's amazing. Tyler Mason: So tell me about one of your other films, Drone&Tigers, it was an inter drone finalist. How did you film that and what was the story behind that? David Durivage: Even if you don't have any contract in one week, you go out and shoot. For myself is this because I love to shoot. We were in North Quebec, North Canada, there is a big zoo there and we asked permission to play with the tigers, that's it. That's it. So we shot this and because there was a lot of snow, the tiger cannot jump. So that's why I could get close to them. And it was amazing because you see with the lens, you see how a prey can look at the tigers. A totally new way to shoot wild animals and I think there's somebody that try to do the same thing a few months after but the drone got caught. Tyler Mason: I was gonna say, for the record, that was not you, right? David Durivage: Not at all, he's a Chinese something. Because I had about 38 million view with this video. So it was amazing, about last Christmas. This was a good video, I had a lot of video but you have to shoot. If I have something to say to other people who are shooting with drones, it's an art. Tyler Mason: One of your other videos was, I believe, Jet Blue. There was some pigeons flying through the city, I thought that was pretty cool. How was that, how did you do that, what was was kinda the post production like for that one? David Durivage: First, it's not a real one. Jet Blue was kind of a big production. About 30 seconds, about two and a half million, to do 30 seconds. We were in the middle of downtown of Montreal with the police, we have to stop the circulation and do kind of stuff. We did this [00:04:00] with the big one from DJI with an A7S camera. We had to go very high to do some stuff. It was very hot also, but I think that was my first big contract, very stressful. The DP on this was the guy from the Transformers. Tyler Mason: Oh, wow. David Durivage: So it's all ... We were feeling like peewees like this. But after you do this ... You know how to work ... Work professionally with big production, with drones, you have to talk to the DP and the producer and stuff like that, to say to them how it works. They cannot tell you what to do because we have the experience on where to put the aircraft to get the right shots. So that's why I love this work, it's a pretty good liberty. Tyler Mason: Right, right, I know you've been a part of some [00:05:00] drone film festivals already, do you think you're gonna keep entering these kinda things? I mean it seems like they're ... more and more popping up. Is it something that you enjoy enough to keep doing? David Durivage: Yes, yes but I would like to produce my own. Perhaps in Montreal. I've worked also to build another one in Alma, in Quebec, but I would like to do something in Montreal. I think we have the place to do this, but I would like to participate, also, to others in the world. Tyler Mason: Well, David, we appreciate you joining us on The Drone Dish, this was great. David Durivage: Thank you, it's a pleasure. Tyler Mason: Very good ... Good luck in the festival. David Durivage: Thank you.