The seventh season of Game of Thrones, the HBO sensation based on the books of George R.R. Martin, features footage filmed with AceCore Technologies’ NEO drone. Drone segments were shot in the winter of 2016 at different Icelandic locations.
According to AceCore CEO and pilot Jorrit Linders, the weather conditions were extremely harsh. Temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius and high winds made recording very challenging. Needless to say, HBO’s quality requirements are very high. All data must enable post-editing to accommodate a wide variety of visual effects. Luckily, AceCore Technologies specializes in developing drone systems that can carry a heavy payload and fly in extreme weather conditions.
Drones, unlike expensive helicopters, do not require extensive pre-planning on each flight. In addition, drones can fly near to a target subject or object to deliver close-up aerial shots. That’s why the Game of Thrones production team ditched helicopters and switched to drones for their filming in Iceland.