xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

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Written by | Tom Comet

The new installment in the xXx franchise is out so we can finally talk about it… The DroneBoy Team is excited to have been a part of what has to be one of the most thrilling action films made last year – xXx: Return of Xander Cage. This awesome production shot its principal photography in Toronto last summer and we are very proud to have done all the local drone shots. This film definitely had the most dynamic and spectacular action scenes that we have ever flown in. Our Heavy Lifter drones were tasked to fly right through the mayhem and capture all the action on a Red Dragon sensor.  We skillfully piloted our machines over car chase stunts, dynamic stunt performance sequences and right through live special effects gun fire and huge explosions!

I often hear folks who don’t work in film often say stuff like “that Hollywood stuff is all digital” … Well, I can tell you that on a film set like xXx the explosions and gun fire are as close to the real thing as you would ever want. Yes, it is pyrotechnics as opposed to high explosives. The action is carefully choreographed and the whole thing is crafted by some of the best, safest professional crews in the business. That being said, it was INTENSE to be on the set as the world exploded around us all the while having to safely pilot a drone through the mayhem and get a $100,000 camera package to just the right place at the right time. Awesome!

Go see this movie! Try to spot the drone shots…

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

DRONEBOY CREW
PilotTom Comet
Drone Camera OperatorBernie Martin
Drone Assistant / Drone SafetyRob Boyce
Administration – Taryn Krueger

EQUIPMENT USED
DroneAeronavics Heavy Lifter X4XL Drone with KDE Motors, ESCs & Props and the A2 Flight Controller
GimbalGremsy H16
CameraRed Dragon

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