Story written by MoonCricket
I have been documenting bboys and bgirls and all style of hiphop dance since 1989.
I have watched the cyphers get bigger and the contest grow in crowds. Some events are organized well enough for all to see and to get a good camera angle. Some events get so crowded with everyone standing up I can’t see so I sometimes give up and put my camera away and just have fun and dance. People then ask where is your camera and I say well i can’t see so I rather have fun and dance. I use to have a very nice fancy boom and dolly back in 1997 and used it at a few bboy jams until it got stolen in 2000. Eventually after many upgrades of camera’s and lens through out the years I started using a monopod since cameras were small enough to reach over the crowds if I didn’t get the good front row seating. The more crowded more jams got the more I would leave my camera at home and just dance on the side during the battles to make up for some lost time of filming more than dancing. So by the time I started using a quad-copter aerial cinema photography camera I was thinking right away what I can do with it. First thing I filmed right after getting confidence to film over people was the Mighty 4 day in Fremont, CA at the start of summer. Footage I still need to post but that footage was not as smooth because I didn’t have the steady gimbal yet. The cypher was small and I had fun dancing but I had even more fun flying over the cypher and performances with out having to worry about rushing to get a front row spot. I use FPV googles and a LCD screen on my remote control that allows me to see what the GoPro sees capturing the event from above. I started filming more dance events, concerts and just about anything that would be cool to fly over. The great thing about viewing dancers from above is for one you get that cinematic cool view of a slider, boom crane all in one where no real helicopter can ever get into tight spaces like I can with my flying rig. I always imagined of flying a camera since I wrote my documentary script “The Bboy Connection back in the mid 90s. I added it to my budget to hire an RC aerial photographer to film my intro scene in New York. That budget was over $8,000 for that to happen and that is not including the NYC permits that you have to pay as well. So now that these flying rigs are now small enough and more affordable for low budget indy filmmakers like myself, this was the perfect tool for me to get. We are now in that future of Skynet in the bboy world more I’m sure you will get use to seeing drones above you while battling. Some say it can be distracting as it is new that people pay more attention to the flying camera sometimes more than the dancers. After a few flights then they slowly adjust and focus on the battle and the dancers enjoy when I fly low enough because the propellers blow cool air on them keeping them cool.
BlessingWatch one of my videos below peace -Mooncricket-