In conjunction with the reopening of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, the company also released an enchanting drone video with unbelievably dynamic flights like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
The video was produced using mini-drones that weighed less than 100 grams, even with high-resolution 4K cameras strapped on them. As you can see from the images, they’re only a tad larger than the palm of an adult, allowing them to fly and hover through the tiniest gaps and openings that resulted in the ultra-cool, dynamic shots.
Even Mercedes-Benz themselves admitted it was a bold idea as there were risks of damaging the exhibits, which were worth millions. However, they couldn’t resist the opportunity to showcase the museum in a way that’s never been seen before, amid the Covid-19 lockdown and the inevitable closure of the Musuem, albeit temporarily.
“Here at the Mercedes-Benz Museum we’re always trying to implement new things and take unconventional paths on our social media channels. It drew a lot of attention and the response has spoken for itself,” says Mercedes-Benz Museum, Social Media Manager, Michael Abele.
The green light for filming was given under the proviso that the vehicles would be protected from being damaged at all times. As such, the filmmakers practised intensively before executing certain shots using real obstacles and digital simulations.
The filmmakers from minidrone.studio expressed relief after the 3-day shoot, but highlighted that the shoot process wasn’t as fun as the video appeared.
In order to acquire those incredible shots, they had to fly through the tightest spots at a really high speed – they were not sped up during the editing process. If anything, the speed of these footages had to be “slowed down” to allow viewers to properly appreciate the exhibits.
“In total, we used four different types of drones for filming at the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Such drones are not ready-made for purchase and had to be modified using various components to suit our needs”, said Daniel Wagner of minidrone.studio.
Smaller drones were used indoors and through tight spaces but for the outside/wider shots, the team opted for a larger drone to withstand the winds. Using video eyewear, the team also managed to get long uncut shots which added more “oomph” to the final video.
“We look forward to inspire more people to visit us with this new video, either in person or from the comforts of their sofa at home,” says Head of Mercedes-Benz Museum, Monja Büdke.