Ethan Hawke shot most of his forthcoming biopic with DJI gear

‘Blaze’ tells the story of a troubled country singer through the eye of drones and the DJI Osmo.


Ethan Hawke’s forthcoming biopic, Blaze, sees the actor make the move from center stage to the director’s chair. The movie tells the story of the late country and western artist Blaze Foley, and is being filmed in almost entirely with DJI products. That doesn’t mean most of the movie is filmed from the air, though. DJI drones are part of the production, but the company’s non-flying camera gear, including the Osmo RAW and the Ronin DSLR stabilizer, were used extensively throughout the production. DJI was at SXSW in Austin to talk about its involvement in the film — all part of its DJI Creative Studio initiative.

Foley’s story is peppered with misfortune and tragedy. Most notably, his untimely death at just 40 years old, after a neighbor’s son shot him in the chest. Couple this with a period in his life known as “the missing years” and a musical influence that reaches luminaries such as Willie Nelson, and you essentially have a biopic that writes itself. Except, this one was written by Hawke and Blaze’s former sweetheart, Sybil Rosen. Hawke approached Rosen about the project after reading her own telling of Foley’s story in the book “Living in the Woods in a Tree.”

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Snap’s sequel to Spectacles: Drones? (CNET)

Snapchat’s parent company is reportedly working on a drone, after redefining itself as a camera company last year with the release of Spectacles.

Snap may be working on a drone. But definitely not this drone, which is YI Technology’s Erida.

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Snapchat turned heads when it redefined itself as Snap and released candy-colored camera glasses. Next, will it be turning eyes upward to watch for unmanned aircraft?

The company has worked on making a drone, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing three unnamed people briefed on the project. Snap didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.


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