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.