Rihanna recently released the music video for her Star Trek Beyond
track, "Sledgehammer," and critics have been praising the video for its stunning visuals and woman-heavy crew — we're here to praise it for its use of drones.
Los Angeles-based Wild Rabbit Aerial Productions
filmed all the aerial shots featured in the music video — and there are quite a few. Watch it and you can see just how important drones are in telling the “Sledgehammer” story.
“It’s one of the coolest projects that we’ve worked on,” says Drew Roberts, CEO and founder of Wild Rabbit. He was also the drone pilot for “Sledgehammer”.
This otherworldly film was shot at the Trona Pinnacles, which are about three hours outside of L.A. in the Mojave Desert. The Pinnacles are a unique geological U.S. landmark and are often featured in films, including hit movies like Planet of the Apes
, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
, Disney’s Dinosaur
, and more.
Roberts says people are always “stoked” when they see drones on set, but it was the type of flying he was doing that garnered attention this time. The Freefly ALTA 8 had to weave precisely through the tall rock spires that occupy the film site.
“We were doing really technical, close-proximity flying, so people were really excited to see how we were operating the drone, which was above and beyond what they had seen before,” Roberts says.