Another one-take drone video filmed at a Minnesota business is going viral, and really making people miss going to the movies.
The video is by Jay Christensen, the same drone pilot who captured Hollywood's attention with his one-shot video called "Right Up Our Alley," filmed at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis (read more about it and watch it here).
This video, titled "Mann Theatre FPV Fly Through," was shared on Facebook in January and posted to YouTube on Feb. 6 and features Mann Theatres' Plymouth Grand 15 in Plymouth.
In the 1-minute, 16-second video, the drone flies into the theater and around the lobby, by the ticketing area and concessions, through the bar and down the hall into one of the XDX screening rooms, as a movie starts to play (and a cellphone goes off). The movie playing is a nod to the video itself, featuring the same drone shot from the beginning of the video.
As of Thursday morning, it had more than 23,000 views on YouTube with some saying the video makes them miss going to the movie theater.
It also captured the attention of former T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who called the video "the drone shot to end all drone shots."
In both videos, the only thing that was added in post-production was audio to cover up the buzzing sound the drone makes.
Anthony Jaska, who directed the videos, told KARE 11 the bowling alley video wasn't produced as a commercial for the business but is meant to serve as a way to showcase the potential of storytelling through the use of FPV (first-person view), which uses a small drone that can fly into small spaces. Christensen said it's a "win-win" that they can highlight FPV and at the same time help out a local business.
Jaska and Christensen told ABC the goal of these videos is to remind people of local businesses that are the hearts of the communities and are in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the bowling alley video went viral last week, Christensen told KARE 11 "several well-known directors" have reached out saying they liked the video and they'd love to have a drone operator on their movies, "so it really escalated quickly."
All of Minnesota-based Mann Theatres' eight locations are open to the public, as well as available to rent for private screenings for $99 (as of mid-February).