March 10, 2014 AT 12:00 am

Close encounters of the phantom kind: light painting with drones

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Fctn.tv posted these incredibly cool photos using a drone to create light paintings inspired by the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

I’ve always loved the asthetic of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I love how they used lights to imply the shapes of the UFO as opposed to spelling it out for the viewer. So I figured I would try to recreate a similar vibe with the DJI Phantom and see what would come of it. I attached some lights that I bought from Home Depot and shot some long exposure shots of the phantom flying around. I then brought them back into the computer and created some cool patterns in photoshop. Below are some of the comps I mocked up. I want to strap the worlds brightest flash light to it next and see what happens. Maybe fly it through a forest like a UFO with a tractor beam.

See more of the photos here.

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