It’s summer time but we have no vacation at NYFA. I have been filming for my upcoming film Drones Don’t Fly When the Sky Is Grey and also collaborating on other colleagues’ shoots. Now that I’m waiting in Stockholm for my connecting flight to Helsinki, I can write about it and post pictures of the fun we’ve been having! Oh yeah, by the way, Drones Don’t Fly is traveling to Helsinki to shoot with Mikko Hypponen… and we’re super excited!


As many of you know this project was featured in indiegogo (http://igg.me/at/dronesdontfly) to help raise funds to make it possible. Many family members and friends pitched in and we managed to raise $1700 (after fees)!! We’re very thankful for it, but there’s still a long way to go until our goal of $7000. If you feel you want to participate in this, don’t hesitate to contact me (bea.cabrera@nyfa.edu) please!


First day of Drones Don’t Fly we filmed in Berlin, at the c-base. This hackers’ retreat is awesomely decorated with geeky nineties memorabilia and random weird stuff hanging from places. It was the perfect location for Mia and they kindly let us shoot in the private area too.

We used a couple of 650kW fresnels and a 1K with party gels to enhance the already quirky lighting of the place, and shot on RED Epic. All the equipment was rented out from ufo-Filmgerät and my dear friends in Berlin helped me out with everything :). Special thanks to Javi, Pierre, Caro, Aaron, Ancilla, Andrea, Eli and Hugo.


And, of course, Berlin breakfast in the balcony:


Los Angeles

The next three days were set in Los Angeles. We started off in a soundstage in Burbank for the first day. Second day was at a bar in Studio City and then we all moved to Hollywood for the rest of locations. Shoutout to Julio, Javi, Pablo, Jake, Jason, Motaz, Amber, Francia, Carlos, Jaan, Mairi, Amy, Dhruv, Robert, Joseph, Skip, Jorge, Tom, Andrew, Pardiep, Phylis, Gemma, James and Danii.

Amber’s funny job as 2nd AC.
Igor Kovacevich trying to spy on us through the curtains...
Igor Kovacevich trying to spy on us through the curtains…
Jason setting up lights
Jason setting up lights
Gemma, Amy and Dhruv.
Gemma, Amy and Dhruv.
James and Gemma playing around with the guns.
James and Gemma playing around with the guns.
Amber, James and Gemma
Amber, James and Gemma
Me with Julio, cam Op for the soundstage, and Jake, 1st AD.
Me with Julio, cam Op for the soundstage, and Jake, 1st AD.
Francia did a cameo too as FBI agent. Here with Joseph.
Pablo, what the hell??
Motaz helped as 1st AC the day at the sondstage.
Bar scene in Seventy7 North in Studio City.
Robert in the voice over booth


And now we’re off to Helsinki for our fourth day of shooting. We will be filming at the F-Secure headquarters and Mikko Hypponen is our cameo guest of honor. We’re renting an EZ Jib, a dana dolly, a Kino and fresnels from Kinos Filmi, and shooting on a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (with 2 Zeiss Primes, 35mm and 85mm), that I have yet to read the manual of. Very excited, as it should be!


Author: Bea Cabrera

Freelance Filmmaker with a passion for big cities, snowboard, cinema and a weakness for the smell of freshly ground coffee. Engineer & Graphic Designer in a previous life, loving and living both: art and technology.  

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