Presented by Skip Fredricks

2X Emmy Nominated, Director of Drone Cinematography

About Skip Fredricks

Sony and Hollywood Drones

are official partners of

Women and Drones

About the Drone Cinematography Boot Camp

Participants will learn drone cinematography and photography flight techniques at various locations in and around Palm Springs, CA. The training is provided by Hollywood Drones, a leader in drone cinematography education.

Boot Camp Coordinator: Hollywood Drones

Date: Spring 2023

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Workshop Price: $1495
(Members of Women and Drones will receive a discounted price of $1295)

Note: Price includes three nights lodging, one box lunch, airport pick up & drop-off, local transportation to filming sites. Does not include travel to and from Palm Springs, CA.

Boot Camp Content: 

  • Drone cinematography & photography flight techniques
  • Night flight cinematography
  • Prep, safety equipment and camera set-up
  • Flying techniques, tips, tricks, night video and photos
  • Sony Airpeak cinematography drone demonstration

Boot Camp Location:

The classroom portion of the Drone Cinematography Boot Camp will be held at the Miracle Springs Resort & Spa, Hot Springs, CA. The Boot Camp includes three nights stay at the resort for workshop attendees. Attendees staying at the resort will also have access to discounts for the onsite spa, restaurants, etc.,

UAS/AAM Documentary Filming:

The film crew for the UAS/AAM documentary are scheduled to be onsite during the boot camp. They will capture footage of boot camp activities and interviews.

Pilot Requirements

  • Part 107 preferred but not required.
  • The FAA Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) is required for all non-Part 107 participants.
  • All pilots must be skilled at flying a drone.
  • Must participate in both days of the boot camp.
  • Pilots must bring their own drone.
  • Pilots are required to have drone liability insurance covering both days of the boot camp.
  • Must bring a laptop to download footage captured during your flights.
  • Must wear closed toe shoes. Hat with bill or a wide brim hat highly recommended.
  • No guests. Only approved, registered participants are permitted to attend.

Drone and Accessory Requirements

  • Rotary drones are required.
  • Drone must have camera & collision lights.
  • Must bring at least 2 SD cards.
  • Bring extra batteries.
  • On the first day of boot camp must present proof of drone liability insurance covering both days.
  • During the application process the following items must be submitted:
    • FAA Part 107 or FAA Trust Certificate.
    • FAA drone registry card showing registry number and drone serial number.

NOTE: We will host live Q&A Zoom sessions with our host Skip Fredricks to answer your questions and help you prepare for the Drone Cinematography Boot Camp.

Drone Cinematography Boot Camp Schedule

Arrival Day and Workshop Day One

  • Arrival day
    • Airport pickup provided.
    • 4:00 pm hotel check-in.
    • 5:00 pm Welcome social. (optional)
    • 7:00 pm Palm Springs Street fair (no drones, just shopping) Pickup and return provided.
  • Day One:
    • Locations: Palm Springs Wind Turbine fields & Downtown Palm Springs.
    • Sunrise and windmill drone filming, Long Canyon.
    • 8:00 am breakfast. (not included in cost)
    • 9:00 am Depart for Salton Sea, Joshua Tree and/or another location.
      • Drone filming at each location.
    • Box lunch provided.
    • 6:00 pm dinner (not included in cost) and Mineral Spring soak.

Day Two 

  • Day Two:
    • 7:00 am breakfast (not included in cost)
    • Film at Cabot Yerxa and Mineral Springs hotel or cinematography at community center
    • Sony Airpeak cinematography drone demonstration
    • Lunch included
    • 11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Join us at Drone Boot Camp for a taste of:
      • First person drones and drone soccer
      • Search and Rescue
      • Intermediate flight and Hollywood filming stunts
      • Be a part of mentoring young ladies interested in drones
    • 4:30 pm dinner (not included in cost)
    • 7:00 pm Drone night flight
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