New X-Men Movie Features Drone Footage From St. Albert Start-Up
"Breathtaking drone footage of snow-capped mountains is getting an Edmonton-area company blockbuster exposure alongside some powerful mutants in X-Men Apocalypse.
Footage created by Smart Drones is featured in the ninth installment in the Marvel Comics X-Men film series, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender.
"In the movie, there is scene where there is a helicopter going to a secret facility, flying into a dam, and we're the ones who actually shot all the aerial footage for that," said Eric Wilson, chief pilot with Smart Drones of St. Albert.
"They were trying to capture a remote, winter, desolate climate and the Canadian landscape happened to work perfect for that."
By Wallis Snowdon, CBC News
Drones Capture Serenity of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
It can be easy to take the beauty and attraction of your local area for granted. SmartDrones, a Canadian startup, doesn’t want to fall into this trap. Crossing the Canadian Rocky Mountains, their drones reveal a refreshing new perspective on the landscape. Drones can receive mixed reactions amongst the public, however the peace and serenity conveyed through this stunning recording is hard not to like! Credit: YouTube/Smart Drones
St. Albert Start-Up Contributes Footage to New X-Men Movie
A couple of St. Albert mavericks hit the jackpot. With virtually no movie making experience, they were hired to shoot footage for X-Men Apocalypse.
Brothers Eric and Hayden Wilson, co-owners of SmartDrones, normally provide drone aerial photography to law firms, land developers and engineering firms.
In a modern version of the often-repeated story of a star’s discovery at a soda shop, Academy Award-winning visual effects designer John Dykstra hired the Wilson brothers to shoot stunning Rocky Mountain scenes for X-Men Apocalypse.