Everyone involved with Real Housewives of Miami have got to be considered major pioneers. From the "ladies' to the producers to the camera crew, this is one scrappy group of reality television minded people. After the first season's disaster (who wants to watch bee-otchy pseudo socialites take boring cooking classes?), the show was back with a vengance…and a revamp.
Now, as the South Beach staple of Bravo's franchise heads into it's third season, it's making even more changes. On the cast? Perhaps, but that's not what I'm here to tell you about today. No, instead the production crew is focusing on an entirely new way to film the women of RHOM as they engage in their drama, fur shaming, and Girls Gone Wild antics.
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The Miami Herald is reporting producers are considering using aerial shots in the upcoming season which will be taken with what is described as "a small, unmanned flying device." Purveyors of Pop is in charge of producing the new season, its vice-president Cooper Green explains that the aerial technology has been used in movies for fifteen years. Additionally, the same company utilized the drones in an upcoming series they produced entitled Married to Medicine.
Miami's assistant city manager says that South Beach has never gotten a request like this from a production company, but he reveals, “We’re giving it a lot of thought.”
Of the aerial devices, Cooper shares, “They’re used in the same way traditional helicopters are used — to gain B-roll shots,” adding, "This is not a part of everyday shooting.”
However, the production VP cites the drones as "less intrusive" than real helicopters, saying, "They don’t cause as much noise and they’re much smaller and therefore safer."
A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson refused to speak on the technology but did state, “Current regulations prohibit commercial operations of unmanned aircraft, which means basically that if money is changing hands … then it’s prohibited.”
While the Herald learned that CopterX, which provides the unmanned devices with video cameras, charges $4500 a day to use the technology, Cooper Green tells the paper, “We don’t deal with the FAA. We’re a television production company.”
The little camera in the sky weighs about fourteen pounds and has been used in the Transformers movies, as well as by the Discovery Channel and multiple car companies to shoot commercials.
Of course, not everyone is jumping on the band wagon. One Miami citizen who works in events and production warns, “I think this needs to be considered in larger aspects than just film use. I believe this has abuse and endangerment potential and think we need to consider what conditions and requirements we might place on it, if we allow at all.”
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