Some news for the project. Last week we did the first residence to make a teaser (coming soon) of the Phoenix project in Labos d'Aubervilliers in Paris. A s always, making a vidéo is catalysing innovation, timing, technical issues. If I had autonomous drones... it would be chaotic. But all was fine.
First of all, there are 3 dancers (Gaetan Brun Picard, Pauline Simon and Nans Pierson). For the teaser, there was also 4 drone pilots from Fablab LOREM and Scott Stevenson, a Freelance Pilot.
The teaser is filmed by Marc Da Cunha Lopes, the same photograph as for "School of Moon" piece ! Once again, he was awesome.
There are lots of dance shows with autonomous drones to make something "wow" but we really observed that flying with dancers and listening them as they listen the drone is very strong and pleasants on both sides.
The technical casting is now with 5 drones :
- 2 mini H8 (8cm) which are very responsive and give an insect view of the drone. We can easily dance with somebody.
- 2 Syma X5C drones (23cm) which are greater but are not dangerous. They are like toys but very responsive and they last more than 8min which is awesome for a drone.
- 1 Syma X8C (36cm) which is bigger and must be performed with care. This one can harvest cameras or LED spot to add some new effects.
There is also a very important point about piloting drones on stage ! the radio transmitter. We use a Devention 7e transmiter modified with a radio module to control all the drones above. This is not a more confortable controller... without this one, the project would not be possible. The stiffness of the controller and the resolution of each stick is completely different and you can do whatever you want.
But there are some limits observed :
- First the management of batteries is not easy and charging the batteries during the work is tiring. I have to optimize this management which is not the same as Poppy.
- Even if the control is easy with a good radio transmitter... pilot skills are important. Having real drone pilots gives a plus to the realization. I did some progress but some difficult figures are not for me for the moment. For instance, turning on a circle which center does not move is difficult for me.
- The position of each stick on the radio controller is not unique, there are 4 pilot modes (mode 1, mode 2, mode 3 and mode 4). I then have to take care about the pilots who come to the show to know their modes. In Paris I had mode 2 and mode 4. In Marseille, I will have mode 1...
Next week, we will do a first show with drones, on stage, with public in Marseille...